She wrote about how cartoonist Lat “pokes fun at our attitudes towards driving, queuing, eating and our relationships towards each other? Or the way we interpret government policies?” – and that Lat has never gotten into trouble for his cartoons.
“It may be because we once had a better sense of humor, or our politicians were once more secure.
But it was certainly unheard of to prosecute a cartoonist for anything”, she maintained.
Today, we know this is not the case – I am referring to Zunar’s unhappy brush with the law, and which as Marina says, is “a sign of paranoia gone to extremes”.
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But I do not quite agree with Marina that Lat be compared with Zunar.
About the only thing both of them have in common is the fact that they draw cartoons – but when we examine their cartoons, we can easily appreciate that Lat is a social commentator while Zunar is a political cartoonist.
Lat’s cartoons will draw knowing smiles but certainly, I don’t believe they will invite any retaliation, not even mild rebukes. They’re harmless, some may say they’re sterile even.
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It’s like intentionally locking ourselves away in a closet of self-denial. We do not want to know because we couldn’t care less/we can’t be bothered/we’re just not interested. And we know that if we do free ourselves from this self-imprisonment, then our next step is to act!
But how many of us will take action?
Zunar already did us a favor by revealing to us an ailing Malaysia, whose raw wounds bleed and fester because of the greed-induced shenanigans of a rapacious political fossil whose sell-by date has expired long ago.
I am referring to BN – this governing coalition of disparate forces who are already disconnected from the electorate that now they seem hopelessly out-of-touch and out-of-place.
Zunar’s cartoons make us sit up and be concerned. Zunar is giving us a much-needed dose of reality.
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