“I was surprised to be informed by the hotel about the painting, so I didn't expect him to memorize everything I said in the sound recording and translate it into painting.”
Cheras district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon said in a statement about a painting he received from an individual at a quarantine center in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, today.
According to Mokhsein, following the return of a group of Malaysians from abroad two weeks ago, he partially underwent a quarantine period at two hotels in his region.
To ensure that reminders are always given to all individuals undergoing the quarantine, he said, he has put up a warning sign around the hotel asking for the cooperation of all residents to comply with strict instructions or actions.
He said the method was seen to be ineffective if the individuals involved did not read it despite being placed in front of them.
“To be at the hotel all the time to warn in advance would be impossible so I thought to produce a sound recording which I personally gave the warning for the hotel to play several times a day.
“I record my own voice in two languages namely Bahasa Malaysia and English and it is played three times a day in the morning, noon and night.
“In the recording, I asked those undergoing quarantine at the hotel to stay in their rooms and not be allowed out except for emergencies,” he told Metro Daily when contacted today.
He said a few days ago he received a call from the hotel informing a resident of the quarantine center to offer something to him.
Mokhsein said he had only had the opportunity to come to the hotel after today's morning meeting, which was the last day an individual wanted to submit the painting during the quarantine period.
“As soon as I saw the person involved, I kept telling him that I was the owner of the voice in the recording that he heard every day.
“Just hear me say that, he seems to want to hug me but of course it's not because of social incarceration.
Mokhsein said the experience of managing more than 200 quarantined individuals at the hotel after returning from overseas, he described not all as 'financial'.
Instead, he said, all the people he dealt with were very ethical and deserved praise for not only obeying the order but not showing any signs of protest.
“The person who drew the painting for me was a Malaysian student returning from London. Besides him, many others also gave me a message of appreciation.
“That's why I elaborated on the painting. I feel very much appreciated and this may be the moment that will happen once in my life,” he said.
Mokhsein shared on his personal Facebook page before sharing with several parties group on Facebook before it went viral on social media.