Work is underway on a 500 feet mural painting at Columbia Asia Hospital-Tebrau façade in conjunction with the ‘COVID-19 New Normal Culture Campaign’ under Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia 2020.
This programme involves 5 Zones namely Borneo Zone, Northern Zone, Southern Zone, Central Zone and East Zone. Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau is delighted to be a part of the programme representing the Southern Zone. The Programme is also jointly organised by the National Disaster Management Agency (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 programme. Both the agency and the hospital have come together to conceptualise the idea for the mural and at the same time to main the hospital’s corporate image and objective.
The objective of this mural painting programme also aims to convey a message to the community and the general public by commemorating all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) 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-19 awareness. It is also to commemorate the services of the country’s frontliners against COVID-19.
The agency has selected Johor local artists for the programme. Two Johor talented 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 26th January 2021 to 4th February 2021 to paint a 500 x 21 feet mural. The artists will be painting vibrant, outdoor mural that captures not only the devastating impact of the virus, but it also shows 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.