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 12 years of painful period, intimidation, harassment- book banning, been arrested, office raiding,threat against printers/book stores, long court battle, confiscation of 5000 books, Jail risking-finally Zunar's books available @ major book stores @CRNetInt @CartooningPeace pic.twitter.com/8ZkAYf7gwR
— Zunar Cartoonist (@zunarkartunis) August 16, 2018
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.