On Friday, 10 July, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) paid a visit to the realistic mural of himself and other national leaders that went viral earlier this month

A post on the National Palace’s Facebook account revealed that the Agong was accompanied by the Raja Permaisuri Agong and their children Iman Afzan, Iskandar Ri’Ayatuddin Shah, and Afzan Aminah Hafizatullah. 

The three artists behind the gorgeous mural found at Section U12, Shah Alam, were finally able to meet one of their heroes in person

During his visit, the YDPA spent time with Suhaimi AliFirdaus Nordin, and Abdul Hadi Ramli, talking and exchanging gifts to express his appreciation for their efforts.

In the Facebook post, Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin wrote, “The Agong hopes that the work of these three artists will serve as an example, a source of inspiration, and a lesson to the country’s youth to appreciate their leaders and country, as well as a reminder to use their time wisely.”

According to Bernama, the monarch and his family enjoyed a meal with the artists before returning home. 

“I am so touched that you came all the way to U12 to take a picture with the mural I painted. Truly selfless,” Suhaimi said in a tweet.

Health director-general (D-G) Dr Noor Hisham also found some time to snap a photo with the artwork on Saturday, 11 July

Netizens were particularly taken by the Health D-G’s cool sunglasses and fun batik shirt. 

Unfortunately, Suhaimi, the 27-year-old who painted the portrait of the Health D-G, was unable to meet the venerated frontliner. 

In an interview with mStar, Suhaimi said, “I was hanging out at a nearby mamak when I received messages from friends saying that Dr Noor Hisham shared photos [of himself with the artwork] on his Twitter account.”

Noticing that the photos were tweeted only 15 minutes prior, Suhaimi rushed to the site, only to find that the Health D-G had already left. 

Regardless, Suhaimi expressed how thankful he was that Dr Noor Hisham went all the way to Shah Alam to see his mural. Amusingly, Suhaimi edited himself into the Health D-G’s photo, adding the caption “Our hero” to his Facebook post. 

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