‘ZUNAR’ IS ZULKIFLEE SM ANWAR ULHAQUE
1 August 2018
I will still sue, Zunar tells cops over seized artwork
Cartoonist intends to go ahead with his suit for unlawful seizure although police are not pressing charges against him for sedition.
GEORGE TOWN: Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, or popularly known as Zunar, says he will proceed with his plans to sue the police for removing his artwork from an exhibition two years ago despite police vowing not to press charges against him for sedition.
In October 2016, Zunar’s artwork was seized by the police and he was remanded for two days after Penang Umno Youth complained that his artwork insulted the then prime minister Najib Razak.
The exhibit was part of the George Town Literary Festival that year.
In April, Zunar had issued a letter of demand to the police to return his artwork and apologise for acting without any grounds under the law.
Zunar’s lawyer, Cecil Rajendra, had said police seized the artworks without “just cause or reason” and unlawfully raided his exhibit.
Zunar said the artworks were worth a total of RM62,000.
Recently, the Sessions Court dropped nine sedition charges against Zunar who had pleaded not guilty to allegedly insulting the judiciary in tweets made in relation to Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction in the Sodomy 2 case.
He is also now free to travel out of the country after his travel ban was lifted by immigration authorities after the May 9 general election.
16 August 2017
Zunar sues IGP and gov’t over seizure of merchandise
International award-winning local cartoonist Zunar has filed a legal action today at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur against the inspector-general of police and the government for false arrest, breach of statutory duty, negligence, and trespass to goods.
This is over the authorities’ seizure of over 1,000 cartoon books and 100 T-shirts which Zunar had been selling during a “Tea with Zunar” event held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on Dec 17 last year.
Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ul-Haque, also named the investigating officer DSP M Gunalan and 17 policemen in the suit filed this morning by the firm of Daim and Gamany.
His lawyer N Surendran told reporters that besides damages, Zunar is also seeking a declaration that his right to freedom of expression had been violated by the defendants.
In his statement of claim, Zunar alleged that before his event began, the police arrived and arrested his assistant who was selling the books and T-shirts.
He is seeking special damages totalling RM22,388 for the seizure of 103 T-shirts, and 1,089 cartoon books comprising nine titles from the private event.
The books that were seized were “Wasabi Wa Sapu Billion”, “Sapuman of Steel”, “Ros in Kangkong Land”, “Pirates of the Carrry-BN”, “Isu dalam kartun alternatif reformasi sarkastik”, “The conspiracy to convict Anwar Najib Convicts Judges Follow”, “Showcase kumpulan kartunis independen”, “Hikayat Pak Monggol dan Scorpene” and “Hikayat lembu-lembu kondo”.
11 April 2017
Putrajaya ordered to pay Zunar RM18,000 over damaged cartoon work
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 ― The High Court here awarded Zunar RM18,000 in compensation today after the political cartoonist sued the government for destroying a drawing and confiscating his books in 2010.
Zunar, whose full name is Zulkiflee Anuar Ul Haque, said the drawing was badly damaged when he got it back from the police, following the Court of Appeal 2014 judgment that maintained the 2012 High Court ruling instructing the authorities to return the drawing and books.
“Today’s decision is not about the quantum, but as a lesson to the police and the Malaysian government that using criminal law arbitrarily to confiscate and destroy cartoon works is unacceptable, and was done in bad faith.
“It is also a clear proof that my book’s title, Cartoon-O-Phobia is a right word to describe the character of the Malaysian government,” Zunar said in a statement.
10 Jan 2017
#Malaysianskini Zunar – the makings of Malaysia’s most dangerous cartoonist
Today a world famous political cartoonist, Zunar, or Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, 54, is known for his bold strokes which critique corruption among the powers that be.
His no-holds-barred style has made him an enemy of those in power and he has nine sedition charges to show for it.
Unassuming in his casual white T-shirt, pants and slippers, Zunar does not cut the figure of a fierce activist doing battle on the frontlines.
But the slogan ‘Defend Cartoonists Rights’ emblazoned across his shirt hints at his fighting spirit – the same spirit that keeps him after arrested for the umpteenth time last month.
Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/368530
3 Jan 2017
Zunar to sue police for injustice
KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, plans to sue the police for “injustice” inflicted upon him.
In an interview with FMT, the internationally recognised cartoonist said the lawsuit was with regard to his arrest late last month.
“It was a private crowd funding event, but the police came and arrested me along with two of my friends and my assistants.
“They also confiscated 1,300 books, involving 12 titles, and 100 T-shirts that were meant to be sold that day.
“They used Section 124 of the Penal Code against me and I believe that was done in bad faith,” he said.
Section 124 refers to activities that are detrimental to parliamentary democracy, a provision which Zunar said was absurd as all he did was draw cartoons.
This, he said, was the reason he planned to take the police to court in the hope that the judiciary would declare the police action illegal and order them to return his artwork.
“This will be my second legal action against the police. The first was after my first arrest back in 2010.
“In that case, the court found the police guilty of ruining my original artwork and ordered them to pay me damages.
“But we disagreed on the amount, so we’re going back to court on Feb 16 for this purpose.”
The lawsuit, he explained, was not about money or other personal reasons, but to create awareness among ordinary citizens.
“It is very difficult for me to win, but it’s very important for me to file the suit because it can create awareness. If I don’t win, that’s okay.
18 Dec 2016
‘Cartoonists now more dangerous than robbers’
The prominent cartoonist Ujang has lamented that his profession is now being regarded as more dangerous than robbers.
His comments came after the political cartoonist Zunar was again arrested at his fundraising event yesterday, with many volumes of his works confiscated.
In a show of solidarity, Ujang uploaded a drawing that depicts Zunar in handcuffs today.
The caption reads: “Yesterday evening my friend Zunar got arrested again. In Malaysia today, the cartoonist profession has become more dangerous than robbers who plunder the country.”
Ujang, whose real name is Ibrahim Anon, is known for his work in the popular cartoon magazines Gila-Gila and Ujang.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Ujang said treating dissident cartoonists as the enemy would only breed a voiceless and uncritical generation.
“Sooner or later, people would be afraid to even do (creative) work. Creativity and critical thinking would just die,” he said.
17 Dec 2016
The world must understand that drawing cartoons are serious crimes in Msia.
@zunarkartunis arrested once again, books confiscated.
Zunar detained again, nabbed at fundraiser http://dlvr.it/MvXL9B
Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, has once again been detained by the police.
This time, he was arrested by five plain-clothes police officers during a fundraising event called “Tea with Zunar” held at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) today.
His wife Faszt Alin Adan confirmed to Malaysiakini that her husband was being brought to the Dang Wang district police headquarters.
“The police officers have been here since 2.15pm and an hour later, came upstairs and told Zunar that he has to stop the event and is being detained.”
She is however uncertain under what act her husband was being detained under.
Peaceful Malaysia? Retweeted Latheefa Koya
I think the police is now more focus on the opposition or activists agst BN/UMNO
Peaceful Malaysia? added,
@zunarkartunis at IPD Dang Wangi.
Admin: Zunar arrested 4 pm today. 1000 books confiscated.lost abt RM30k. investigate un section 124 (C) Detrimental to Parliament democracy
10 May 2016
Zunar’s cartoons on display on Swiss streets. He is 2016 co-winner of Cartooning for Peace Prize
20 April 2016
Cartoon Zunar: Donation by the rakyat More cartoons/buy books @ http://www.zunar.my / 011 23858695
‘Derma’ from rakyat?
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19 April 2016
Cartoon Zunar: “DONATION” More cartoons/buy books@ http://www.zunar.my / 011 23858695
Cartoon Zunar: IN KANGKONG LAB
2 March 2016
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3 January 2016
The Washington Post
The Malaysian government has no sense of humor — and that’s dangerous
Zunar is the pen name for the Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque.
I’m a cartoonist in a country where cartooning can be a crime. Under my pen name, Zunar, I expose corruption and abuses of power by the Malaysian government. As it happens, I have a good deal of material to work with. For instance, Prime Minister Najib Razak is currently facing questions about a $700 million “donation” made to his personal bank account.
Last February, police raided my home in the middle of the night and hauled me off to jail. I was handcuffed for eight hours and thrown into a cell with all the other criminal suspects. I managed to avoid telling my cellmates what I was in for: using Twitter.
I was accused of sedition over a series of tweets I sent out opposing the jailing of a prominent Malaysian opposition leader. Now I’m facing nine charges under my country’s archaic, colonial-era Sedition Act, which could result in a 43-year prison sentence . The court proceedings against me begin this month.
The legal assault against me is nothing new, but it marks a major escalation. The authorities have repeatedly sought to silence me. My office has been raided multiple times since 2009, and authorities have confiscated thousands of my cartoon books. In 2010, five of my books — including “1 Funny Malaysia” — were banned by the home affairs minister, who declared the contents “detrimental to public order.” Later that year I was detained by police and locked up for two days after the publication of “Cartoon-O-Phobia.” To say the least, the Malaysian government has no sense of humor.
The government hasn’t just targeted me and my associates; it also has cracked down on the entire ecosystem of free expression. Three companies that printed my books were raided and warned not to print my books in the future or their licenses would be revoked. Likewise, bookstores that carried my book were raided and their licenses were threatened. As a result, no one dares print or sell my books.
In such an environment, people like me must turn to the Internet to share our opinions and art. But now that space is under attack as well.
Amnesty International is highlighting my case as part of its Write for Rights campaign, the largest human rights effort on the planet. You can personally write to Prime Minister Najib and call on his government to drop the charges against me and to abolish laws like the Sedition Act that squelch freedom of expression. Public pressure from around the globe can make a big difference in my case and beyond. I hope you’ll join with me to take a stand.
11 November 2015
Cops must stop raiding my office now, Zunar says
Political cartoonist told police they should now stop raiding his office after the Federal Court affirmed that there should be no ban on his two books ‘1Funny Malaysia’ and ‘Perak Darul Kartun’.
He said the apex court ruling today should also extend to all 16 of his titles.
The apex court today upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn the Home Ministry ban on the books, and told the government to return 33 copies of the books seized to Zunar.
“This is a victory for all cartoonists, it tells the Home Ministry and the government that drawing cartoons is not a crime,” he said.
As such, he said the authorities should not take action against him under the Sedition Act, nor arrest or detain him for his work.
“Stop pressuring me and those involved in the production, printing and sale of my book.
“Stop raiding this my office, stop harassing my webmaster for selling the books online, and stop raiding and threatening printers and shops involved in the production and sales,” he said.
In January, police seized 155 copies of Zunar’s books ‘Pirates of the Carry BN’, ‘Conspiracy to Imprison Anwar’ and its Bahasa Malaysia version ‘Konspirasi Memenjarakan Anwar’.
The next month, police seized 100 copies of another book, ‘Ros in Kangkung Land’ ahead of its launch in Petaling Jaya.
He was in April slapped with nine charges of sedition over a series of tweets on the guilty verdict against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim in the sodomy case last year.
He is challenging the sedition charge.
Apex court tells gov’t to return seized books to Zunar
The Federal Court today told the Home Ministry to return the 33 copies of cartoonist Zunar’s books ‘1Funny Malaysia’ and ‘Perak Darul Kartun’ seized in 2010.
The five member panel led by Justice Md Raus Sharif instructed this after upholding the Court of Appeal decision to overturn the ban.
The Home Ministry banned the cartoon books on May 10, 2010 under Section 7 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act, for threatening public order.
The books were published by Malaysiakini and Zunar’s company Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd.
The publishers are represented by lawyers Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Amer Hamzah Arshad, Edward Saw, K Shanmuga, Aston Paiva dan Fahri Azzat.
The publishers challenged the ban in July 2010, but lost their case at the High Court.
The Court of Appeal overturned the High Court decision.
29 September 2015
Cartoonist Zunar’s latest book under sedition probe
Cartoonist Zunar’s latest book under sedition probe http://bit.ly/1h69S7w
Another book by cartoonist Zunar is being investigated by police, who have summoned one of the satirist’s sales assistants for questioning under the Sedition Act.
“A sales assistant, who operates online sales of my latest book ‘Sapuman-Man of Steal’ on the website zunar.my, has been called for a police investigation in Dang Wangi, next Monday, under the Sedition Act,” he said. – September 29, 2015.
Cartoon Zunar: Sapuman at UN
Cartoon Zunar: SAPUMAN at UNITED doNATION
Charged Malaysian cartoonist Zunar receives 2015 CPJ Press Freedom Award http://trove.com/me/content/3BCsu?utm_campaign=hosted&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=sns&ts=1442560133 …
16 September 2015
Zunar wins International Press Freedom Award
Cartoonist Zunar, who has had several runs in with the government over his provocative cartoons on corruption and abuse of power, has won the prestigious International Press Freedom Award by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Zunar said the award was timely amid a crackdown on dissent in Malaysia.
“I am honoured and I think the award is timely as I am facing a huge challenge from the Malaysian government with nine sedition charges.
“This is a very strong support by the international community for me to continue the fight through cartoons agaisnt a corrupt and repressive government,” he said.
Zunar added that through the award, a message was being sent that the international community is watching Malaysia closely.
“The award is not for me but for all concerned Malaysians for are fighting for total reform in the country,” he said
11 February 2015
5:29PM Feb 11, 2015
By Aidila Razak
‘I am okay!’: Zunar sends cartoon from lock-up
Slapped with a three-day remand for a tweet calling judges “lackeys in black robes” has not drained political cartoonist Zunar’s creative juices.
In a cartoon message to Malaysiakini passed through his wife today, the cartoonist told supporters that he is fine.
“I am okay,” read the message.
The blue ballpoint pen sketch shows a self-portrait caricature of a smiling Zunar behind bars at the Dang Wangi police station.
“Pray for me!” added Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque.
The internationally-recognised artist is the first to be arrested and remanded in relation to the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy guilty verdict yesterday.
He is remanded until Feb 14, over an allegedly seditious tweet calling judges “lackeys in robes”.
The cartoonist told Malaysiakini yesterday that his tweet is a “general statement” and that most Malaysians doubt the integrity of the police and judicial institutions.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar also instructed police to investigate PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli and Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming for their respective tweets on the verdict.
@zunarkartunis: ” cinta tak semestinya bersatu haha! Kartun
Autograph session in Singapore at old Parliament building. Tmrow continue from 10am to 7pm
[SUARAM PRESS STATEMENT] – DEPLORABLE HARASSMENT AGAINST ZUNAR AND HIS TEAM
For immediate release
13 November 2014
DEPLORABLE HARASSMENT AGAINST ZUNAR AND HIS TEAM
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) decries the unrelenting harassment and persecution by government against political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, or better known by his pen name Zunar. We demand the police and Home Minister to uphold Zunar’s constitutional right to express his ideas and cease all harassment against Zunar, three of his assistants, webmaster, printers and bookstore vendors.
For the longest time, Zunar has been attacked by the police and the Home Ministry for producing cartoons that were purported to be detrimental to public order. More than 400 copies of his books were confiscated and five of his books titled “Perak Darul Kartun”, “1 Funny Malaysia”, “Isu Dalam Kartun” Vol. 1, 2 and 3 were banned by the Home Minister from 2009 to 2010. Government’s determination to persecute Zunar was extended to printers, vendors and bookstores around the country – their places were raided and they were warned to not print and carry any of Zunar’s book in future.
And of late, on 6 November 2014, Zunar’s assistants – Rizaldy Rafie, Raja Norita and Norliza Kassim were arrested and taken to Putrajaya police station for selling two purported controversial cartoon books by Zunar titled ” Konspirasi Memenjarakan Anwar” and “Pirate of the Carry-BN”. 44 copies of Zunar’s cartoons book were again confiscated by the police and Zunar’s assistant were all probed under Section 8(2) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, and Section 500 of the Penal Code.
Soon after that, on 12 November 2014, Zunar was informed by the police to come forward for an investigation at Dang Wangi police station, under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for allegedly publishing seditious content in his cartoon books. This is the second sedition investigation against Zunar. His webmaster, who has been managing his website and online bookstore, has been called by the police for investigation under the Sedition Act in the same day too.
- Cease all harassment and investigation on Zunar, three of his assistants for Zunar’s cartoons books and his webmaster.
- Stop intimidating printers, publishers, vendors and bookstore owners from partnering with Zunar.
- Lift ban on all Zunar’s cartoon book and to return all confiscated books.
- Respect freedom of expression and repeal the Sedition Act.
Yap Swee Seng
MKINI Dotcom Sdn Bhd, which operates the Malaysiakini news portal, and publisher Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd, on behalf of Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, a political cartoonist operating under the pen name “Zunar”, had filed two separate applications to challenge the banning of two books, entitled 1 Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun.
They were successful!
Zunar wins court battle – The Sun
Court orders lift of ban on cartoonist Zunar’s two books
Last updated on 9 October 2014 – 08:59pm
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today ordered the ban on two cartoon books by cartoonist “Zunar” to be lifted and all the copies seized by the Home Ministry in 2010 to be returned to him.
A three-man bench headed by justice Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, in a unanimous decision, ruled that there was no plausible evidence of the books being a treat to public order.
The other two panel members are Datuk Varghese Goerge Varughese and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
Mohamad Ariff said press cuttings tendered in the affidavits to support the ministry’s action fell far short of the requisite proof.
In his written judgment, he said political cartoonist, unlike serious political writers, sought to ridicule persons and institutions with humour to deliver a message.
“It will be most exceptional if a political cartoon will have the effect of disturbing public order, security or the safety of a nation.
“These cartoons are admittedly rude, contemptuous and defamatory, as conceded by counsel, where it will be opened to persons and institutions affected to sue the appellants under the applicable law if the complaints are borne out,” he added.
Justice Varughese, in his supporting judgment, said the minister’s decision in banning the books on the ground that they were prejudicial to public order was unsupported.
“The minister had acted unreasonably and irrationally in issuing the blanket ban order and the High Court should have granted certiorari order sought by the applicant and quashed the minister’s order on May 25, 2010,” he added.
Three of his books were banned by the Home Ministry:
1 Funny Malaysia – no longer vanned!
Perak Darul Kartun – no longer banned!
Isu Dalam Kartun
They are considered unsuitable for public reading under the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
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Political cartoons is a risky business in Malaysia as cartoonist Zunar found out in the course of convincing printers to work on his new book ‘Pirates of the Carry-BN’.
Zunar, the nom de plume of Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, said he had 10 printers turn him down before coming across a willing printer, but there was a catch.
“They agreed to print my work only if I blacked out their name. Printing was conducted only at night. It was like they were printing illicit pornography,” he told Malaysiakini during a recent interview.
Printers were apparently jittery with Zunar’s work because printers for his previous publications were raided by the Home Ministry in 2009 and 2010.
This, said Zunar, had forced his hand into omitting the printer’s name, although it is a legal requirement under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA).
“It is the only solution I had. I’m not trying to create problems but the Home Ministry forced me to do this,” he said, adding that his search for a printer took about a month.
‘Pirates of the Carry-BN’ is Zunar’s latest compilation of 130 full-coloured cartoons on an diverse range of issues, from electoral fraud to mysteries surrounding the death of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
‘Pirates of the Carry-BN’ is priced at RM25 available exclusively through Zunar’s website. Zunar’s cartoons have appeared in Malaysiakini for more than a decade.
Comics A.M. | Malaysian cartoonist appeals arrest ruling
Legal | The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has appealed a court decision upholding his 2010 arrest and detention, claiming police acted in bad faith when they arrested him under the Sedition Act because of his book Cartoon-O-Phobia, which had not yet been released at the time of his arrest. No charges were ever filed, as the police could not identify any actual seditious content in the books. A court ruled in July 2012 that Zunar’s arrest was lawful but ordered the police to return the books they had confiscated and pay him damages. An appellate court will hear the case next week. [The Comics Reporter]
Cartoon Zunar: Eelection joke. Only In Malaysia http://wp.me/s3l0XP-election
|Harakahdaily,||03 June 2013|
The eery procession was however a street show inspired by local political cartoonist Zunar and his colleagues from the ‘Independent Cartoonists Group’ formed prior to the general election.
The ‘flashmob’ which made appearance at the busy Jalan Bukit Bintang, also saw participants holding placards with comic images to illustrate the controversial general election on May 5.
However, the ghosts were not spared by the police, who ‘shooed’ them away after about an hour on the streets.
Met later, Zunar said the show dubbed ‘Sketpos’ (protest sketch) was part of a series called Cartoonists Against Electoral Fraud which he launched not long ago.Allegation of ‘phantom voters’ and other electoral frauds have been at the centre of protest rallies nationwide following the conclusion of the general election, which saw Barisan Nasional narrowly winning the parliamentary share despite losing popular votes.
Peminat membeli buku di Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Petang tadi pic.twitter.com/IZDEz7rFzs
Pengundi hantu ditemui oleh KKI!!! pic.twitter.com/osQ4WexxUb
Cartoon ZUNAR: Inilah negara kartun pic.twitter.com/VjuXzwFjFV
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May 14, 2013
Cartoonists Against Electoral Fraud
Well-known Malaysian cartoonist (and Cartoon Movement member) Zunar has set up set up a movement called Cartoonists Against Election Fraud (CAEF) Malaysia, to protest against alleged fraud in the recent general elections in Malaysia:
In any democratic country, fair elections is fundamental. The Barisan Nasional ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak has won the General Elections held in Malaysia on May 5th from by fraudulent methods.
This blatant cheating is reinforced by the fact that the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat led by Anwar Ibrahim receives 50.3% of the popular vote compared to 46.8% for the Barisan Nasional. The cheatings included the right to vote given to non-citizens, counting fraud, the non-indelible ink, phantom voters, dubious early voters, vote-buying and dubious electoral rolls.
As a cartoonist, I am of the opinion that Najib and BN are not legally qualified to rule Malaysia. Due to that fact, I have set up a movement called “Cartoonists Against Election Fraud (CAEF) Malaysia”. Among the activities by CAEF will include the publishing of cartoons on the Internet, books, pamphlets and animation to raise public awareness on the enormity of the fraud in the recent GE13 election and that people will rise up against electoral frauds.
CAEF will also hold road shows on this issue. We are also ready to cooperate other NGOs throughout the country. CAEF will also seek to establish ties and networking with other international cartoonist movements and NGOs for the same purpose.
CAEF’s goal is to put pressure to the authorities to not recognize the results of the 13th General Election, and a re-election to be held and monitored by authoritative bodies such as the United Nations. Otherwise, CAEF will not recognize Najib as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. CAEF will move on the Independent Cartoonist Group (Kelab Kartunis Independen – KKI) platform. Among the KKI members are Nor Azlin Ngah (Jonos), Johnny Ong, Amir Hakim (Ahyat), Mohd Afendi Ramli (Ronasina), Haili, Azmie Taha, Lawrence Jeyaraj (Loren), Oly, Abdullah Jones, Amier Hamzah Hashim (Ibnukaduk), Azhar Saad (Art), Azlan Isa (Orang2), Sham Saimun Ezil (Along), Megat, Firdaus and Baba.
Zunar, CAEF Head
Malaysian Political Cartoonist
Recipient of “Courage in Editorial Cartoons 2011” conferred by CRNI
Three of his books are banned by the Home Ministry:
1 Funny Malaysia
Perak Darul Kartun
Isu Dalam Kartun
They are considered unsuitable for public reading under the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
Cartoon Zunar: Umno patut rebranding ke ??? pic.twitter.com/k49yJF252u
Zunar on a mission to ‘cartoonise’ Deepak saga
|Harakahdaily,||16 January 2013|
Jan 16: Describing the recent disclosures by businessman Deepak Jaikishan implicating the role of prime minister Najib Razak and his wife in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder saga as serious, cartoonist Zunar (pic) today vowed to capture them with his pen.
“It is my duty as a cartoonist to cartoonise these issues in book form for public dissemination for the issues to be further understood,” said the country’s most well known political cartoonist.
Zunar stressed the importance of translating “into visual form” the issues brought up by Deepak.
“I may not agree with all of Deepak’s action, but the issues that he brought up were some of the country’s biggest scandals and should be translated into visual form,” he told Harakahdaily.
|12:40PM Jan 2, 2013|
In an act of civil disobedience, cartoonist Zunar has said he will not include the name of the printer in his upcoming comic book, as required by the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA).
“I know this would be contrary to the law, but I have a moral obligation to fight against draconian laws such as the PPPA.
“I am ready to face legal risk for my action,” he said in a statement today.
Upon conviction, he may face up to one year imprisonment, a fine of up to RM5,000, or both.
Last year, he was honoured with the ‘Courage in Editorial Cartooning’ award by the US-based Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).
Local cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque is releasing a new book of “cartoons for the people” continuing his message of “corruption and abuse of power by the BN government”.
The book, titled Lawak & Lawan (Fun & Fight) boasts 108 full colour pages compilation of his cartoons posted on Malaysiakini and other websites this year.
“What I want to convey is that corruption is not just a political issue, but also is a despicable crime because it involves money,” said Zunar (right), expressing his intention to continue raising public awareness on the issue.
“Hence, in this book, there will be a lot of cartoons depicting the sufferings of the rakyat due to corruption by the BN leaders and their cronies.
“The title ‘Fun & Fight’ also reflects my determination as a cartoonist to fight with the rakyat to topple the BN regime,” he said in a statement.
Work on sale over weekend
Zunar’s books are retailed at RM25 each and can be ordered online through his website. http://zunarcartoonist.com/
The book will also be available over a two-day sales event to be launched this weekend at Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.