A Gigantic COVID-19 Mural at Columbia Asia Hospital -Tebrau

February 25, 2021

A tribute to frontlines for their effort and dedication in battling the COVID-19 pandemic

JOHOR BAHRU – Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau work underway on a 500 feet mural painting at the hospital’s wall in conjunction with the COVID-19 New Normal Culture Campaign under Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia 2020.

This program involves 5 Zones namely Borneo Zone, Northern Zone, Southern Zone, Central Zone and East Zone and Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau is delighted to be part of the program representing the Southern Zone. The Covid-19 New Norm Mural Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia jointly organized by the National Disaster Management Agency or NADMA, under the Prime Minister's Department. The National Art Gallery which is an agency under MOTAC has been responsible for the implementation of this program. Both the agency and hospital have come together to conceptualize the idea for the mural and at the same time to main the hospital corporate image and objective.

The objective of this mural painting program also aims to convey a message to the community and the general public by commemorating all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health and the authorities to break the COVID-19 chain more effectively and continuously through the mural painting themed COVID awareness -19 This program is related to the New COVID-19 Norms to provide awareness and commemorate the services of the country's frontliners against COVID-19.

The agency has selected Johor local artist for the program. Two Johor talented local artists, Iskandar Noor Rahim (AKEEM) and Muhamad Razali bin Abd Aziz (TRUSK ALI) were appointed by the National Art Gallery in completing this effort from 26 January 2021 to 4 February 2021 to paint a 500 x 21 feet mural. The artists will be painting vibrant, outdoor mural that capture not only the devastating impact of the virus, but also show the hope of the country in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. The full mural will be unveiled by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia at a later date.

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