Low profile actor Hasnul Rahmat has been accused of cultural appropriation, as photos of him posing next to dogs and statues of Jesus Christ makes a frequent appearance on his Instagram account.
The 43-year-old Singaporean-born actor sparked a mini controversy when he posted a picture of him sitting between two dogs with his palm placed on one of the animal’s head.
Almost immediately, fans erupted in outrage, slamming the talented actor for being insensitive.
However, the pictures have since been deleted.
In the Malay culture and some Islamic scholars’ opinions, dogs are deemed ‘unclean’ and shouldn’t be kept as pets as it disrupts the ablution.
However,Â a Muslim can keep a dog for only genuine reasons like the security of property and human life as well as hunting.