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Lego Mural Draws Ire of Malaysian Authorities A street mural has become the subject of controversy in a Malaysian border city, with local officials complaining that it paints the area in a negative light. But some contend the image reveals an ugly truth. Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic used a public street corner in Johar Bahru as his canvas to depict two Lego characters pre robbery. In the mural, a Lego woman carrying a Chanel bag is walking down the street, while around the corner a Lego robber waits with knife in hand. But UGG BOOTS Aziz Ithnin, an official with the Johor Bahru City Council, told the Agence France Presse that the mural was illegal graffiti and was ordered to be white washed. Inside Iran: Artists Tag Tehran s Streets "It s vandalism," he told the AFP. "The robber gives an image that is not good for our country, investment and tourism. If the painting stays, everybody will be scared." Perhaps some tourists already were. Johor Bahru has long battled a reputation as a crime ridden city. In 1997, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew described the state of Johor as "notorious for shootings, muggings and car jackings," causing a backlash from Malaysians. Since then, the country has made efforts to change that impression with increased law enforcement. Before the mural could be painted over, other artists sheepskin ugg boots contributed to the piece, adding a Lego police officer running behind the thug with handcuffs. Judge Grants Artists Restraining Order to Block Destruction of NY Graffiti Mecca "Now that s a true vandalism! Malaysia never fails to amuse me," wrote Zacharevic on his Facebook page. But some commenters on his post said that the addition of the officer was an attempt to save the work by "making it politically correct." ugg for sale In a later post, the artist told his fans not to be put off by the white washing of the mural. "Don t get upset by the painting being removed," he wrote. "Johor Bahru has proved to be a strong and opinionated state. Please continue to make Malaysia as awesome as it is. I will see you again."
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