From our founding father to some good ol’ teh tarik!By Penang Hyperlocal Published on 28 February 2021
There are a lot of new and interesting murals with their own historic values found in the heart of Alor Setar City in Pekan Cina and Pekan Melayu. Locals and tourists alike are able to feast their eyes upon these unique works of art which adorn the walkways and alleyways of the city, adding some glitz and glamour to the formerly ‘grey’ surroundings.
Among the ones that stood out are those of our founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman and of our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, both of whom hail from Kedah.
Other murals are of Dato’ Wan Muhammad Saman, policemen of the Malayan Union patrol unit on their classic motorbikes, a kampung setting with a boy on a buffalo, a man with the signature teh tarik act, the roaring Malaysian tiger and many more.
One would take almost half a day to admire and appreciate these incredible murals as a lot of background research has been done in choosing the artwork to be displayed. The artwork also serves as a great background for those who enjoy posing for the camera and taking selfies.
Adding on to this colourful view, the yesteryear shophouses in the area are also painted in alternate colours of blue and white to bring them back to life.
A fact that may not be known to many or overlooked by most is the presence of a beacon located in the very heart of the city which indicates the start of zero kilometer for the whole perimeter of Alor Setar City.
Visitors will need to look out closely for this landmark which is located in the busy intersection of the city.
“We are delighted to see all of these new murals which serve to brighten up the area which was in a bit of a drab earlier. Hopefully, when things get better more people can come to enjoy the new murals for themselves,” said Eugene Dass, General Manager of the StarCity Hotel and also the chairman of the Malaysian Association of Hotels Kedah/Perlis Chapter.
Kudos and a big shout-out to the Alor Setar City Council for their efforts in making the city a more vibrant place, despite these trying times.
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