Cultural Dances of Malaysia

Shamsuddin H Akib

First placed in Singapore: 1964

partially destroyed, Paya Lebar Airbase

Designed as part of a competition for the Passenger Terminal of the new Paya Lebar International Airport, the mural was installed on the main public area on the ground floor.

Patron: Ministry of Information and the Arts, State of Singapore

Three murals were selected in a competition run by the Ministry, including this one, executed in iron strips over red and orange Smalti glass tiles. Interestingly the two winning artists, who were colleagues at the Papineau Advertising Agency, each entered two designs, one with a Malaysian theme and one with a Singaporean theme. In the end, two "Malaysian" designs and one "Singaporean" design were selected for the airport, and today, only the Singapore Skyline by William P Mundy survives. This photo by Greg Lehey, published on a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share Alike license at For more information, see the article by the artist's daughter, Shamsuddin, Dahlia. ‘The Forgotten Murals of Paya Lebar Airport’. Biblio Asia, September 2021. []

Last updated: Jul-30-2021

Cultural Dances of Malaysia

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