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Painting depicting MPs as monkeys and frogs sets Malaysian tongue wagging – The Independent Singapore News

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A picture is worth a thousand words but this painting raises more questions

Is it representative of Malaysia’s current status of democracy? Is it, on the other hand, an attempt to demonise the political class?

Whatever the case, the artwork of the Malaysian Parliament depicts a man resembling House Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun presiding over a room full of monkeys and frogs.

When Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the Sultan of Selangor  acquired this painting, the news went viral as netizens couln’t wait to use their mobile phones to comment on this piece of political art.

The Sultan has decided to display it in his personal study space, according to news reports.

Before we go on about the Malaysian painting, it is good to know that it is not the first painting to depict a Parliament as a house of monkeys, for example.

British Painting

Devolved Parliament more than comfortably surpassed its estimated price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds, with the auctioneer declaring “history being made” at one point.(Instagram/Banksy)

In 2019, according to Sotheby’s, a big Banksy painting portraying monkeys sitting in Britain’s Parliament was sold for more than nearly 10 million pounds sterling , a record price at auction for a work by the elusive British street artist.

“Devolved Parliament,” in which chimps substitute lawmakers in the House of Commons, easily surpassed its projected price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds sterling, with the auctioneer exclaiming “History being made!” at one point during the live-streamed auction.

The 2009 painting, which came from a private collection, sold to loud applause after a 13-minute bidding war for a hammer price of 8.5 million pounds sterling. After adding fees, the final price was 9,879,500 pounds sterling or around S$17.6 million.

The Malaysian drama

The painting has gotten a lot of attention, with many netizens calling it a “perfect depiction” of the country’s current state.

While we are confident that the Malaysian drama will continue once the artwork is displayed on the palace wall, we are also confident that the political elite will be outraged.

However, there is nothing they can do to prevent locals from commenting on and mocking the picture.

Some people, however, are asking the difficult issues that most people would want to avoid. They want to know if the country’s top officials would be pleased if the artwork showed them in person, depicted as monkeys or frogs.

The answer, according to most Twitter users who are commenting on the post by a DAP politician, is that the latter should prepare for bail money if he were to publish such a painting on social media. (See tweet below)

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