PAS, MCA-owned Nanyang Siang Pau and the Monkey Act cartoon…

On 28 May 2001, Huaren Holdings, the investment arm of the political party MCA, bought over Nanyang Press, in a controversial transaction that led to mass boycotts of the newspaper by the Chinese community. Huaren now owns 42% of Nanyang Press (June 2005).

This is the cartoon that set off a demonstration in front of The Nanyang Sang Pau HQ.


16 April 2017

Home Ministry accepts Nanyang’s apology

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said his ministry accepts the apology by Nanyang Siang Pau and will not take further action.

15 April 2017



Fahmi creates a stir with drawing of PAS president as ape


Taking to Facebook yesterday, Fahmi uploaded a caricature of Abdul Hadi Awang as an ape, tearing up a cartoon published in a Chinese daily recently that depicted him as a monkey.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan told FMT that he has not seen the caricature in question yet but that if the drawing is found to have defamatory elements, he would take the matter up with the party’s lawyers.

“Like the cartoon published by Nanyang Siang Pau, we gave it to our lawyers for them to assess if we had a legal case against the daily.

“It is our president’s right not be slandered, or portrayed negatively in that manner. So we reserve the right to take legal action if necessary,” said Takiyuddin.

He said Fahmi’s caricature was a deliberate attempt to provoke PAS and divert the Islamist party’s attention from their true aim of safeguarding the well-being of the public and strengthening the country’s shariah courts.

“But we won’t fall for it.”
Meanwhile, Fahmi in a Facebook post today, asked for his social media followers and friends to voice their opinion of his “latest protest caricature” that “portrayed the PAS president as a monkey”.

“I produced the drawing as a sign of protest against PAS and PAS’ supporters who practised censorship when they tried to stop a satirical cartoon published by Nanyang.

“(It is) an action which I view as contradicting the freedom of artistic expression, and media freedom.

“Do you guys feel offended with my monkey drawing? Do you think the caricature is excessive, too provocative, and should be deleted? If yes, why? If no, why?”

Most of those who commented on the post said while they considered the caricature provocative, they supported Fahmi on the basis of freedom of expression.

In fact, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also voiced his support for Fahmi.

In his comment, Syed Saddiq, said: “I don’t agree with the drawing. But I will still defend your right to draw it.

“You’ve been consistent in using art as a means of expression. Najib, Tun M (Mahathir Mohamad), DSAI (Anwar Ibrahim), all have been drawn.

“TGHA (Hadi) is no exception.”


11 April 2017


Home Ministry sends show-cause letter to Nanyang

The Home Ministry has sent a show-cause letter to Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau over their cartoon depicting PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys.

Home Ministry chief secretary Alwi Ibrahim said the cartoons could “disrupt public order, encourage ill intentions, enmity, hate, and ill-conceived notions towards people or other races.”

“It also inadvertently appears to be making fun of Parliament, and Islam because the Act 355 bill pictured in the caricature is linked to Islamic affairs,” Alwi added in a statement today.

Nanyang has three days to respond to the letter, issued under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA).

“Further action will be taken based on the rules and procedures set (by the Act),” he said.

Nanyang must have a licence issued under PPPA in order to print its newspapers.

The Home Ministry has the authority to revoke this licence.


PAS won’t back off, will sue Nanyang for ‘monkey’ cartoon

PETALING JAYA: Nanyang Siang Pau has apologised for its “inappropriate cartoon” but PAS will not compromise and is still looking to sue the Chinese daily.

Its secretary-general, Takiyuddin Hassan, said the party would appoint a lawyer and take legal action against the Chinese daily as soon as possible.

He said PAS’s central committee took Nanyang’s action seriously as it was done on purpose and with the intention to insult PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.


24m24 minutes ago

PAS wants daily shut down after ‘monkey business’ cartoon

Some 100 PAS members and supporters urged the Home Ministry to pull the plug on Nanyang Siang Pau after accusing the century-old Chinese newspaper of stoking religious tension.

The demand was aired during a protest outside the daily’s office in Pertaling Jaya over a cartoon which depicted PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys.


15m15 minutes ago

Replying to

Pages of Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau lies crumpled on the ground as a PAS leader chants “Hidup Islam!” (long live Islam).



21m21 minutes ago

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PAS Youth gather outside Nanyang office, unhappy with cartoon allegedly depicting President .

4m4 minutes ago

Yvonne Young™ Retweeted Syahredzan

Because PAS Youths are gathering at Nanyang HQ shouting “Hancur Nanyang!”. Fear 😱😱😱

Yvonne Young™ added,


Police blocking turn off to Nanyang, won’t let cars past, even if media.


1h1 hour ago

Sumisha Naidu Retweeted Sumisha Naidu

Nanyang Siang Pau has pulled the comic & apologised to Parliament Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and PAS president .

“Don’t be so rude to our president.” PAS Youth to demonstrate outside Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau’s office over monkey cartoon.



Too late?


10 April 2017 | MYT 9:50 PM

Nanyang Siang Pau apologises for ‘monkey’ cartoon

PETALING JAYA: Nanyang Siang Pau has apologised for a cartoon it published that depicted PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys.

Nanyang Siang Pau wishes to apologise to Pandikar Amin Mulia and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for all the troubles that arose from the inappropriate cartoon,” the Chinese newspaper said in an apology notice.

It also removed the cartoon from its online portal, eNanyang.

Titled “Monkey Act,” the cartoon featured two monkeys sitting on a tree named “Act 355” while a group of monkeys fight under it.

On the tree, one monkey dons a songkok and is labelled “speaker” while the other has a turban and is labelled “Hadi Awang”.

Incensed, Selangor PAS Youth called for a demonstration against the daily, while Kelantan PAS Youth called for a protest that would have included burning and throwing copies of the newspaper into the sea.

Both protests were scheduled for tomorrow, April 11.

The cartoon was published in the newspaper two days after Abdul Hadi tabled his Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 in Parliament on April 6.

PAS plans to demonstrate in front of Nan Yang Siang Pao office over this ‘rude’ comic. Internet, you know what to do..


Pas to hold demo outside Nanyang Siang Pau HQ over offensive cartoon

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas is set to hold a demonstration outside the headquarters of Chinese-language daily Nanyang Siang Pau for running a derogatory cartoon on the party in its newspaper.

The demonstration, organised by Selangor Pas Youth Council, will be held at Nanyang’s Petaling Jaya headquarters in Petaling Jaya at 11am.

A memorandum of protest is expected to be handed over by Pas reps to the publication.

It is understood that the protest will go ahead despite the newspaper having already issued an apology over the offending cartoon.

The cartoon depicted two monkeys on a tree, with one of the monkeys wearing a headgear (serban), supposedly resembling the party.

The cartoon is said to be poking fun at Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s tabling of a Private Member’s Bill to increase the powers of the Syariah Courts, in Parliament last week.

Pas information chief Nasrudin Hassan said the party is offended and insulted by the cartoon which appeared in the newspaper. He said Pas will not hesitate to take legal action against the publication.

“This very rude and simply too much. Nanyang Siang Pau should retract the cartoon published in their daily and apologise to all Muslims, especially to Pas, for publishing such an insulting cartoon.

“This is shallow and uncivilised politics. We are seriously considering taking legal action against the publication,” he said in a statement today.

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