Monday, January 15, 2007

Abang's ‘Cartoonable’ Book Launch

For those who didn't manage to come due to the traffic snarl, you missed the humorous speech from the cartoonist himself! Those who thought Abang as a serious guy despite of being a cartoonist, definitely had a change of mind after that night. The guy's funny after all!!!

There's a 10-minute video clip on the speeches on tapi kena jadi member and log into the news portal if you want to watch it, lah. We're trying to get ourselves a copy of that clip. So, kalau dah dapat nanti, I'll try to put it up on the YouTube or something, ok?

Got L O A D S to tell (book-launching nite; MPH Midvalley; MRSMJ Alumni; Toll Demo), but gotta settle work first mkay?

In the meantime, courtesy of

Zunar’s ‘cartoonable’ book launch
Soon Li Tsin
Jan 13, 07 2:49pm

Riddled with jokes, anecdotes, innuendoes and outright references - Zunar’s book launch last night in Kuala Lumpur was an affair to remember.

Zunar or Zulkiflee Anwarul Haque launched his fourth cartoon book entitled, ‘Cartoons on Tun ...and Others’ was attended by 200 fans including PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim.

The 44-year-old political cartoonist who regularly contributes to malaysiakini took several jibes at his 'targets' during his 20-minute speech.

He began by poking fun at Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“I once wanted to be a politician. I don’t think it’s that hard to be a politician. If people like Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can be PM, I can at least be United Nations secretary-general," he said drawing roars of laughter from the crowd.

“I don’t know if he reads my cartoons but probably he's too busy sleeping," Zunar mused.

Zunar then made fun of his most famous subject, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad whose exaggerated nose has been a staple of Zunar’s illustrations.

“I want to say thank you for giving me so much inspiration because his face and character is so cartoonable.

“I also want to apologise to him for using a body part of his to make money without his permission," he said to a tickled audience.

Taking on a serious note soon after, Zunar said he does not draw merely for laughs.

“I don’t draw just for laughs. I draw so that people would laugh and think. I’d like to think of myself as a drop of water in the ocean but at least I am able to create a ripple or even a wave," he added.

Big Zunar fan

Zunar started his career in 1986 when he joined Gila-Gila magazine as a general cartoonist. In 1990, he joined Berita Harian as a political cartoonist.

However, his stint in Berita Harian was short-lived due to restrictions imposed by the company and pressure from the government.

Following the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998, Zunar realised the importance of playing a role in educating the public about the political scenario in Malaysia. He then came back as a political cartoonist.

Anwar confessed he was a big Zunar fan and told the audience how significant Zunar’s cartoons were to him especially during his incarceration.

“During my years of solitude, I use to read and appreciate his cartoons. It gave me a sense of joy ... at the expense of my friend Mahathir of course," Anwar quipped.

He also noted one of the cartoons that Zunar had drawn mocking him.

Anwar is shown in 1974 calling for ‘demonstrasi’ (demonstrations), in 1986 calling for 'demokrasi’ (democracy), in 1998 calling for ‘reformasi’ (reformation) and in 2004, he says: ‘Wait and see...’

“With friends like these, who needs enemies?" Anwar quipped.

The launch was also attended by malaysiakini’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan, PKR leaders Azmin Ali and Tian Chua.

Cartoons on Tun ...and Others, priced at RM29, is available at malaysiakini office in Bangsar or purchased online at

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