Saturday, 11 April 2015

We the Rakyat


Zunar, October 19, 2014.
The Rakyat Jelata, i.e. the common people, has been thrown the fishbone
of 1Malaysia, a program designated to unify the country.
PERMATA is an organization meant to promote education and care.

- Only We the People of Malaysia tend to be tiny and thin with all too big, burdened eyes.

Zunar, November 3, 2014.

They are all the more burdened in the drawings by Zunar (Zulkiflee Anwar Haque) since creating a united Malaysia is the official speak of the government lead by the Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He is at times to be found within the massive hairdo of his wife Rosmah Mansor. Apart from her hair she can in turn be recognized by a sparkly 30+ carats diamond ring. She is in other words a massive persona, against whom everyone has to adapt, and the obliteration of her husband's shoulder on the drawing above is but a small indication of what her massiveness represents.

Zunar, March 8, 2015.

Obviously she embodies the malpractice of the running of the public economical affairs. Add to that the abuse of power in areas such as the judiciary system. In February the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was given a five year-sentence for alleged sodomy. He is in other words conveniently out of the way before the next elections.

Zunar creates broad contoured planes with which he accentuates expression rather than personal features. Above Anwar Ibrahim for instance has an eyebrow carved out while the face of the marionetted judge is all sad lines placed in downward layers.

Zunar, November 1, 2014.

Speaking of marionettes, I had to include this one. The utter beauty of the legal system is sadly for show only. The Prime Minister can be recognized in Zunar's cartoons, by the way, by his antithesis of a nose.
Zunar, April 1, 2015.
The Prime Minister Najib Razak is yelling in the background that they are safe,
in that the police concentrates on Zunar's tweets, ignoring investigating corruption.
The bags are strutting from the briberies gained from a purchase of submarines.

The dubious nature of the sodomy ruling was highlighted when everyone daring to question it was brought to trial him- or herself. The counsel of Anwar Ibrahim was one. Zunar another. He wrote nine tweets on the eve of the trial on February 10.

Zunar is now charged under the Sedition Act.



Zunar, February 15, 2015.
- Bird in a cage?
- No, (the Inspector-General of Police) Khalid Abu Bakar
Abu Bakar is infamous for mass arrests of politicians and social activists.


Sedition as in rebellion, promoting feelings, which may lead to discontent and ultimately cause ruptures in society.

Zunar, September 10, 2014.
Zunar's tweeting was treated as nine separate transactions. Which is a maneuver, which has not been done before, and in the words of his counsel it is done in the "most ridiculous fashion" considering that the charges are hurled together, but bailed separately. Each of them may cost him 3-5 years in prison if he is found guilty. All in all Zunar could be faced with 43 years of imprisonment.

43 years.

All the while the question running through Zunar's work has been that of who is actually driving the society apart.

Zunar, April 3, 2015.

Above Zunar's whole body constitutes an interview, condensing what he has been stating for the past years that with talent comes responsibility: "How can I be neutral? Even my pen has a stand!". If convicted he shall no longer be able to talk, all the more so from being busy drawing Rosmah Mansor, who in turn is retranslating the acronym of the consumption tax GST into "give nine counts".

Zunar, February 27, 2015.
- Vision 2020, ha! ha!


Zunar is in need of all the pressure internationally that can possibly be put on the Malaysian government. Otherwise he shall be joining Anwar Ibrahim as the Vision of 2020 according to the golf-playing Prime Minister.

He asks anyone to share his drawings to let his situation and with him his countrymen be known or - as he underlines - you will convicted under the Act Cartoon Zunar 1911 that whoever does not share his cartoons on the social media will be accused of sedition and sentenced to drink ink.


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