Kampong Glam 'serial killer' mural raises eyebrows

Artist Zul Othman shown here painting the wall surrounding Gedung Kuning, a historical royal building in Kampong Glam. Mr Zul's mural tells the tale of Wak Cantuk, who went on a killing spree in the 1800s after his marriage proposal was rejected. Som
Artist Zul Othman shown here painting the wall surrounding Gedung Kuning, a historical royal building in Kampong Glam. Mr Zul's mural tells the tale of Wak Cantuk, who went on a killing spree in the 1800s after his marriage proposal was rejected. Some members of the public have voiced concerns about whether the mural is appropriate for the building.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A mural outside a historical building in Kampong Glam has raised questions because of its disturbing storyline.

The comic strip-style artwork narrates the Malay folk tale of Wak Cantuk, a man known as the "hunchback of Bussorah Street", who went on a killing spree in the 1800s after the daughter of a rice stall owner rejected his marriage proposal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Kampong Glam 'serial killer' mural raises eyebrows'. Print Edition | Subscribe