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After veiled threat, Zunar calls off cartoon exhibition in Penang

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A poster apparently from Umno Youth urging their supporters to turn up at Zunar’s exhibition has prompted the cartoonist the call off the event. Zunar reports..

With a heavy heart, I hereby announce the cancellation of my cartoon exhibition in Penang tommorow (30 July 2017) because of threat from a group of troublemakers.

The exhibition entitled “Ketawa Pink Pink” was scheduled to take place at an open space at Beach Street in George Town from 8am to noon.

Penang Umno Youth has has distributed a poster (see above) urging their members to come and “visit” my exhibition. Based on last year’s experience, this is not a normal visit, but more of an act of physical intimidation.

Umno Youth under Khairy Jamaluddin has on many occasions become very rowdy and aggressive, as seen at my exhibition venue in Komtar last November.

Also, as witnessed last year, there is no guarantee that the police would take any action to stop them.

So, I have no choice but to call off the exhibition due to security reasons.

Nevertheless, this will not stop me from disseminating messages of anti-corruption through my cartoons. Ketawa Pink Pink will be turned into another cartoon book very soon. It covers topics such as the 1MDB scandal, US Department of Justice exposures and the purchase of the Pink Diamond costing millions of dollars.

I am also mooting an idea to make it ‘digital open source’ – this means that the book will be made free for the people to download and distribute – provided I get a sponsor for the initial print.

Zunar is an internationally renowned award-winning political cartoonist.

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Ross Chow
29 Jul 2017 9.14pm

It’s a form of bullying.

Kuldeep Singh Gill
29 Jul 2017 7.13pm

Good work zunar

Tan Ka Lock
29 Jul 2017 7.15pm

Shamed the so called democratic party of 60 corrupt years!

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
29 Jul 2017 7.41pm

The UMNO ruffians are at it again. Time to stop them.

Robert Hum
29 Jul 2017 7.46pm

But how sir

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
29 Jul 2017 7.47pm

The police have to act fast.

Robert Hum
29 Jul 2017 7.48pm

The police . …they are umno members(?)

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
29 Jul 2017 7.49pm

Only solution – change government.

Richard Tan
Richard Tan
30 Jul 2017 5.28pm

Mahathir new PM. He is tough enough

Robert Hum
29 Jul 2017 7.50pm


Bob Ho
29 Jul 2017 6.47pm

Intimidation and oppression.

Gunasekaran Balasundaram
29 Jul 2017 6.15pm

UMNO hooligans again disruptive

Henry Ooi
29 Jul 2017 6.35pm

Suppression but preaching democracy what a hypocrate

Fauziah G Taib
29 Jul 2017 6.15pm

Pemuda UmNGok…is that all they cd do to serve the rakyat? Lagak samseng…. tin kosong. Ooh what a shame😣

Ravinder Singh
29 Jul 2017 6.19pm

The best police force in Asean is unable to keep the peace. This threat is not mere PERCEPTION as it has happened before.

Yap Bin Chun
29 Jul 2017 5.58pm

PM kata, not engage in “politic of fear”. Hahaha. Bull …

Pau Kar Liau
29 Jul 2017 5.54pm

The army of Sauron

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