Bank’s show of love and hope through art

Shahril Azuar says the Balai Seni Art series provides local artists an ideal platform to showcase and sell their artworks.

Love and hope are the focus of Maybank’s virtual art exhibition in conjunction with National and Malaysia Day celebrations this year.

Themed “With Love and Hope”, the exhibition is part of the Balai Seni Art series and showcases 33 artworks from 26 artists, of which 12 new pieces have been produced for the event.

The other 21 pieces were selected from previous MyTiger Values art and design competitions organised by Maybank since 2018.

The artworks not only pay tribute to all frontliners past and present, but also express love and hope for the country and its future.

Maybank chief sustainability officer Shahril Azuar Jimin said those values, wonderfully envisioned by the young illustrators and designers, took on a broader relevance when viewed in the context of the country’s current situation.

“They somewhat help us to realise why we adhere to our own Maybank Tiger values, which stand for teamwork, integrity, growth, excellence, efficiency and building relationships.

“They also complement the Rukun Negara and are useful guiding principles that can help us, especially as a nation facing the challenges of rebuilding.”

Shahril added that although restrictions had been eased under the National Recovery Plan, the usual display of patriotic sentiments was overshadowed by the Covid-19 cases that continue to be high.

Besides making art available to the public, he said the virtual art gallery provided local artists an ideal platform to showcase and sell their works during these challenging times.

“This is very much aligned to our mission of humanising financial services, where we endeavour to support the communities around us to build sustainable livelihoods.”

Maybank has also reproduced four poems by national laureate Datuk Usman Awang, namely Jiwa Hamba, Tanah Air (Menjelang Kemerdekaan), Mahkota Cinta and Merpati Putih, Jelajahilah Dunia Ini, for display in the exhibition.

To view the “Kasih dan Harapan” art exhibition, go to

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