Malaysian artist Suhaimi Ali has recently made headlines for his realistic depictions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) and Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Suhaimi, a Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) graduate of Fine Arts, first shared a photo of the completed artwork to his Facebook page on 29 June.
Speaking about the Agong and Dr Noor Hisham, two people who Suhaimi greatly admires, the artist captioned his post with the quote, "Leader[s] become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others."
The Terengganu-born artist revealed that he actually began the piece before the Movement Control Order (MCO)
He first began the piece in March as an homage to his two heroes.
"I painted the portraits of them because I wanted to show my respect and appreciation [for] frontliners, especially Dr Noor Hisham and the Agong," he told SAYS.
On his Facebook account, Suhaimi shared a series of photos showing the making of the mural, from initial sketches to the completed artwork.
The portraits were widely received by fellow Malaysians and had even caught the eye of Dr Noor Hisham
The Health director-general applauded Suhaimi's stunning work, tweeting, "Awesome, you guys are very talented and extraordinary. Well done."
Speaking to SAYS, Suhaimi expressed, "I felt so happy because my mural got his attention. I hope he can come and visit the mural at U12."
He added that he was also thankful for local residents who have since approached him for hire.
The impressive piece can be found behind a mamak stall in Section U12, Shah Alam.
Dr Noor Hisham has been the inspiration for many artists as of late. This local company really captured the Health director-general's charm with their enamel pins:
Similarly, a 250sqft mural in Terengganu is the first in Malaysia to feature all the Prime Ministers: