After years of arrests, bans and threats, Zunar’s political cartoon books go on sale

Zunar via his Twitter account
Zunar via his Twitter account

Something to put a smile on your face: Behold, Malaysia’s most controversial cartoonist, at least as far as former Prime Minister Najib’s government was concerned, Zunar, aka Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, has today seen his formerly banned books go on sale at your local bookshop.

After years of arrests, raids, book bans, police harassment, a travel ban (only just lifted by Prime Minister Mahthir, coincidentally the same day that Najib and his wife Rosmah were added to the no-fly list), and a laundry list of sedition charges, Zunar is finally seeing not only his work available for public consumption, but also for sale.

It’s been a long road, and Zunar’s commitment to bravely critiquing the political environment through his images under such duress is so commendable that we’re heading out to buy a copy of each.

Support your heroes, and remember as always, there’s a reason they say that the pen is mightier than the sword.

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