It’s a Saturday afternoon at a major bookstore in the Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur. A small crowd has gathered for a session with Malaysian cartoonist Zunar.
Zunar, looking dapper in a black jacket, is candid as he speaks. His jokes elicit a lot of heavy laughter.
“If you look at my books now, they have ISBN numbers,” says the cartoonist with a broad smile, while picking up a copy of his newest cartoon collection Ketawa Pink Pink.
“In the past, they didn’t have those. I have ‘ISPH’ numbers. Because for me, ISBN stood for ‘I Support BN’. And I said ‘No, no, I don’t want that!’”
In this era of Malaysia Baru, Zunar is finally seeing his politically-slanted cartoon collections, available in bookshops nationwide.
Six of his titles – all nicely stacked up on a frontrow rack – were on sale at this recent autograph session, including the controversial Sapuman: Man Of Steal (2015), which only had its ban for seditious content in October 2017 lifted by the Home Ministry early last month.
For Zunar, Sapuman: Man Of Steal is just one of his banned books. In July 2010, his cartoon collections 1 Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun were banned by the previous government for allegedly having content that could “threaten public order and can influence people to riot.”
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