Cops to look into indecent mural in Kuala Selangor
Bernama -April 20, 2021 7:34 PM
SHAH ALAM: Kuala Selangor police have opened an investigation paper into the case of an indecent mural on the wall of the Kuala Selangor Art Gallery.
Pictures of the mural showing women without clothes has gone viral on social media.
Kuala Selangor district police chief Supt Ramli Kasa said a police report was lodged by members of the public at 10pm yesterday and the case was being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
He said a preliminary investigation had been carried out over the art project which was started by the Persatuan Kesenian Sasaran Kuala Selangor. The association had applied to the Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS) for the project and received approval on March 22.
“However, MDKS had not been clearly told what shape or type of mural would be painted on the wall,” he said in a statement today.
Ramli said from the investigation the artist stated that the painting had to be painted layer by layer until it was finished but did not indicate it would contain elements that could provoke disharmony among the races or insult any party.
Meanwhile, MDKS, in a statement posted on Facebook said it took a serious view of the backlash by social media users about the mural.
MDKS said it had received initial information (about the case) at 7pm that the mural was still only 20% completed but it had been viralled on social media.
Accordingly, MDKS instructed the artist to complete the drawing by removing the sensitive parts (of the drawing) within three hours. Dresses were painted over the murals later.
“Forty per cent of the painting was completed at 10pm and the rest is expected to be completed on or before April 26,” he added.
MDKS has reminded artists to always be careful and mindful of the sensitivities of local cultures in the production of artwork and to refer to MDKS beforehand for queries.
MDKS: Viral painting at Kuala Selangor art gallery work-in-progress, painter told to complete mural
April 20, 2021
SHAH ALAM, April 20 — A mural painting in Kuala Selangor depicting three naked women that had circulated on social media yesterday is a work-in-progress and was only 20 per cent complete as of 7pm last night, says the Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS).
Its president Rahilah Rahmat in a statement today said following the sharing of the viral content, the local council had ordered the painter to complete the sensitive part of the mural within three hours.
“The painting was 40 per cent complete at 10pm (last night) and is expected to fully complete by April 26.
“MDKS takes the matter seriously… we would like to also remind artists to be careful and be wary of the local sensitivity when producing work of arts and refer to the local council beforehand,” the statement read.
Yesterday, an online portal had reported the mural painted on the exterior wall of the Sasaran Art Gallery Kuala Selangor in Kampung Sungai Buloh, Kuala Selangor, to have caused a public outcry, especially among the Muslim community.
The mural was said to be a part of the preparation for an international exhibition to be held at the said art gallery.
The Sasaran Art Gallery Kuala Selangor is a community project by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sasaran Arts Association, which had organised large-scale international art festivals every three years since 2008.
The art gallery is one of the tourist attractions in the Kuala Selangor district.