Penang removes playground structures with pig-like designs

The pig-looking structures (left) at the playground in Esplanade, Penang, were replaced by those with bird designs (right).
The pig-looking structures (above) at the playground in Esplanade, Penang, were replaced by those with bird designs.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
The pig-looking structures (left) at the playground in Esplanade, Penang, were replaced by those with bird designs (right).
The pig-looking structures at the playground in Esplanade, Penang, were replaced by those with bird designs (above).PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN • Several playthings that resembled a pig were removed from the Esplanade hours after photos of the structures went viral in cyberspace.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) immediately replaced the spring-operated ride with a pig design with those of birds at the outdoor playground last Saturday.

Penang Muslim non-governmental organisations coalition secretary Ahmad Yakqub Nazri said he was shocked when he saw the structures that resembled a pig.

"Those who installed such items are clearly insensitive to the Muslims in the state," he said.

MBPP secretary Ang Aing Thye said that the officer-in-charge of the project had been told to submit a report.

"We are investigating the matter. Action will be taken against those at fault," he said.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2015, with the headline 'Penang removes playground structures with pig-like designs'. Print Edition | Subscribe