Thursday, 22 March 2012

Zunar’s latest cartoon book ’1Moo-laysia’ released

(Malaysiakini) Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as ‘Zunar’, has announced the release of his latest cartoon book poking fun at the latest issues, such as the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

The book, titled1Moo-laysia, had 107 full-colour pages, including one apparently depicting an annoyed Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil saying, “I deny buying Cow-ndo, or shoplot at KL E-Cow-City, or property in Cow-zakhtan.
“Police and MACC say no cow-rupption. Even the PM says can Cow-tim (settle amicably). Soo… Ok for me to resign from Cow-binet. And Rafizi… See you in Cow-rt!” the comic wrote, with each instance of the word “cow” highlighted in bold.
NFC, which is owned by Shahrizat’s family members, had allegedly abused a RM250 million government soft loan on unrelated purchases, many of which were made public by PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli and Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.
Shahrizat and her family had consistently denied any wrongdoing.
The latest book would also feature previously unpublished works, along with works published on Malaysiakini and elsewhere.
Besides the NFC issue, the book would also highlight the prime minister’s allegedly shopaholic wife, the Scorpene submarine scandal, misuse of public funds, Bersih, police brutality, and Malaysian politics in general.
In his press statement, Zulkiflee (left) said it has been hard to find publishers for his book and hoped for support from his readers and fans.
“Since the pressure from the government continues, it is hard for me to find printers to print and vendors to sell my book openly. Some printers and vendors were told that they will lose their operating licences if they continue to print or sell my books…
“Thus, I hope to get good support from readers and fans alike in buying ‘1Moolaysia’ to help me produce more political cartoons and to continue ‘To Fight Through Cartoon’ agenda.
‘If you can’t beat them, laugh at them’
“I would also like to urge Malaysians not to keep quiet but do your best to fight this corrupt and inept government. The least you can do is through comedy. ‘If you cannot beat them, laugh at them!’” he said.
His books would be retailed for RM25 each through hiswebsite andKinibooks.
There will also be a two-day sales event over the weekend at Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, which would be officially launched by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar at 2pm on Sunday.
Zulkiflee’s previous books 1Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartunhad been banned by the government, and he is still challenging his detention in 2008, just hours before the launch of Cartoon-o-phobia.
Source: Malaysiakini

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