BY KIATISAK CHUA
GEORGE TOWN: A ‘framed artwork’ highlighting the issue of potholes by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic in Nagore Road will not be removed, assured Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Lim said the state government viewed the work in positive light and will not demolish or white wash the artwork even if it poured scorn on the state government.
The work, he added, served as a wake up call for local authorities and the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) to deal with public complaints more efficiently.
“However, to be fair to MPPP, they did not receive any complaints regarding the hole,” Lim told a press conference on Monday.
Zacharevic has taken an old picture frame and “embed” it in the road where a fire hydrant once stood. When the hydrant was removed about 10 years ago, it left a “pothole” in the road.
Since then residents had complained about the pothole. Zacharevic learnt last week about it and decided on the artwork.
Earlier, Lim met team members of the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) Football Club.
He urged players not to take drugs or fix matches.
“If any players are caught breaching the rules, we will sack them,” said Lim, who is PBAPP chairman.
PBAPP FC has been promoted to the Premier League after two seasons in the FAM League, alongside the FA of Penang team.
PBAPP general manager Jaseni Maidinsa said the club would not hire any import players.
“Our priority is to produce more local players; young and talented players,” said Jaseni.