Malaysian teacher's 'vandalism' on school wall goes viral

Ms Sarah Muhammad Fauzi's doodles are drawn with a whiteboard marker on the walls of SK Sri Pulai Perdana in Johor Baru.
Ms Sarah Muhammad Fauzi's doodles are drawn with a whiteboard marker on the walls of SK Sri Pulai Perdana in Johor Baru.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Vandalism is usually associated with the damage of public property, but it is a different story for one teacher in Johor who was showered with praise for doodling on the walls of her schools.

Ms Sarah Muhammad Fauzi's doodles, which are drawn with a whiteboard marker on the walls of SK Sri Pulai Perdana, Johor Baru, are not her first but she is undaunted in repeating the act of "vandalism".

The English language teacher said she purposely likened the action to a form of vandalism, but that there is meaning between the lines.

"It is not a form of vandalism with an intention to damage school property - it's more of an outlet for me to express my feelings. That's the way I calm myself.

"I know students will pass by there when I'm busy doodling, so I insert messages in English to attract their attention," she said when contacted by The Star's Malay-language portal mStar on Wednesday (Feb 21).

The 30-year-old had aimed to perfect the wall doodle in a month, but due to a lack of time will take longer to complete.

The three-metre doodle was scribbled spontaneously with no specific theme, as it was done for fun.

The educator, who hails from Penang, often uses unique approaches during learning sessions to stoke interest in her students about the English language subject.

"I'm the type that's easily bored, so I wanted to create something new for them. I don't see this as a talent, but more of a hobby,' said Sarah.

She added that she did not expect her post, which was uploaded on social media on Sunday evening (Feb 18), to go viral and receive 3,013 shares and more than 11,000 likes.

Netizen Liza Masrina Ibrahim commented: "So beautiful! Congrats, not every teacher would be willing to take on extra responsibilities in addition to their existing work. You are one of them."