A story about embracing 'macha-ness' and being yourself

comments         Published     Updated

In the lead up to Thaipusam, a group of self-appointed moral police warned women attending the festivities to ensure they are dressed appropriately or risk being "spray-painted".

The group, whose warning went viral on Tamil-speaking and groups catering to ethnic Indian Malaysians on Facebook, said this included "fashion" saree blouses which are deemed too revealing for the Hindu festival.

Following a public outcry and police warnings, no such vigilante acts took place during the event on Thursday.

The warning nevertheless inspired artist Ruby Subramanian to paint women's bodies so they will look like Hindu goddesses.

But even Ruby's take on the situation received frowns from some who believe the fashion-inspired photo shoots of the painted women diluted the spiritual objective of Thaipusam.

For the rest of this story and more, subscribe for only RM150 a year (full news access)
or RM420 a year (full news + full archive access). If you're already a subscriber, please sign in.

Sign in Subscribe now

Keep Malaysiakini independent!

Malaysiakini will be 18 this year. That we’ve survived this long is because of you.

Your support matters. A lot. Especially those who pay RM150 annually, RM288 biennially or RM388 triennially to keep Malaysiakini independent from government/opposition influence and corporate interests. Advertising alone will not keep Malaysiakini afloat.

Together, we’ve gone far. We’ve covered three prime ministers, four general elections, five Bersih rallies, and countless scandals. But the journey continues.

Help us deliver news and views that matter to Malaysians. Help us make a difference for Malaysia.

Support Malaysiakini



Malaysiakini
news and views that matter


Sign In