Sep 28, 2010

Zunar - Cartoonist as Activist...

Many of us asking who is Zunar and what he have done until police arrested him under Printing and Publications Act and Sedition Act. Zunar aka Zulkiflee bin S.M. Anwar Ulhaque is a politics cartoonist who go against government’s poor systems and policies with his piece of cartoons. Previously he published three political comics – 1 Funny Malaysia, Perak darul Kartun and Isu Dalam Kartun.

Although the three books were banned by home ministry saying that the books were threats to nation security, he dares to take risk in releasing new book entitled ‘Cartoon-o-phobia’. The reality is, his comics never a threat to national security, but only threat to the government. I never have seen any riots or public disorder once people read his book. So what is the root to arrest him? Government should find out their weakness and try to correct it, not shut up the mouth of activists with such arrests!

The fact is such arrest never fears activists. The rising activist like Namewee (Wee Meng Chee) and Zunar (Zulkiflee bin S.M. Anwar Ulhaque) deserved praise from fellow Malaysians since they braved themselves in expressing people voice through music and cartoon respectively.

According to Zunar, Cartoon-o-phobia was chosen as the title to illustrate and reflect the fears of certain parties to cartoons. The cartoonist said that the content of this latest book have more bite compared to his previous books. The issues covered are the murder of Altantuya, the conspiracy against Anwar Ibrahim, the PM's wife, the loss of jet engines, the Scorpene that cannot dive, Sarawak, racism, corruption and waste of public funds, among others.

I urge all Malaysians to support Zunar, his good intention need to be praised and we should appreciate such a spectacular fighter who born in our nation. Zunar’s new book Cartoon-o-phobia will be sold at RM25. It can be purchased online via Cartoon Kafe. You can also add him in facebook.