A vivid painting titled ‘alksnaabknuaunmo’ by Cheng Yenpheng, a finalist in the Bakat Muda Sezaman 2013 art competition, was reportedly removed just before the award ceremony attended by Tourism and Culture Minister Mohd Nazri Aziz.
Yenpheng protested its removal from Balai Seni by holding up a postcard of the blue-hued painting at the spot where it had hung. “This is my painting. Yesterday still here, but right now, no more,” the spunky artist chanted repeatedly as bemused visitors looked on and flustered security guards tried to dissuade her.
You can see the actual painting and the artist explaining the purpose of her creative work and the cryptic title below. She said the title is a play of a word and she had jumbled the letters. It is not hard to figure out it is actually an anagram of the words Asalkan Bukan Umno (Anything But Umno).