Paintings of what was alleged to be that of the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, Raja Permaisuri Agong and Prime Minister from the rear-end view has left a sour note on the tongues of many.
According to the Malay culture, displaying a picture of a person from the posterior is deemed rude and Â disrespectful.
Drawn by local artist, Vincent Leong, the paintings are currently on exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre building during The Singapore Art Week held at the Lion City.
Malay rights groups are demanding the authorities investigate Leong over a series of allegedly insulting portraits of the countryâ€™s royalty and political leaders.
The groups claim that the paintings, entitled â€œKenapamu, Malaysia?â€ and exhibited last week at Art Stage Singapore, had insulted Malaysiaâ€™s royal institution and in effect Islam, as the religion falls under the purview of the Malay rulers, reported Sinar Harian.
â€œThe royal institution will become meaningless and at the end, Islam will have no place in this country… that is the objective behind the insult,â€ Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) information chief Mohd Haziz Abd Rahman was quoted as saying.
Mohd Haziz added that the title of the art works is also a â€œprovocationâ€ as the artist is questioning the need for the Malay royalty, which the former claims will encourage the public to disrespect the institution.
In 2013, painter Anurendra Jegadeva was accused of insulting Islam over his â€œI is for Idiotâ€ painting, which was at display at an exhibition held to mark the 50th Malaysia Day, organised by the National Visual Arts Gallery, according to The Malay Mail Online.
Anurendra, popularly known as J. Anu, had then explained that the painting was meant to depict a certain moment in world history when everything â€œseemed upside down and inside outâ€, denying any malicious, evil, or mischievous intent to insult or belittle Islam.MYNEWSHUB