Monday, March 10, 2008

More elections - By Lat

Heh heh , seems the parties have ONE WEEK to clear up all the posters!...
(c) New Straits Times Malaysia 2008
So ... who's Lat? Here's some captions from Wikipedia...
Mohammad Nor Khalid or Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid (born 5 March 1951) is a well known cartoonist in Malaysia. Also known as Lat, many of his cartoons appear in the editorial pages of the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times.
Lat was born in a village called Kota Baru in Perak, not to be confused with Kota Bharu the capital of Kelantan. He had a wonderful talent for drawing as a child and drew excellent comics. At the age of 9, his gifted talent began to yield his family income.
His first real book was Tiga Sekawan, a story about 3 friends who banded together to catch robbers. The book was published in his sixth year at Jalan Pasir Puteh Primary School in Ipoh. His publisher paid him 25 Ringgit for his service.
By 1968, Lat was earning 100 Ringgit a month from his work. He later moved to Kuala Lumpur to become a cartoonist. Lat later joined the New Straits Times as a crime reporter but he later became a cartoonist. His first book Kampung Boy, an autobiography of his life was published in 1979 and sold thousands of copies within 3 months.
His cartoons have been published in several cartoon books in Malaysia. He is famous throughout Malaysia. One of his books Kampung Boy was published in France by a French publisher.
His latest book is Dr Who?! which is dedicated to Mahathir bin Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah.
His cartoons reflect his view about Malaysian life and the world. Despite misconceptions, most of his books were originally released in both Malay and English versions by Berita Publishing Sdn. Bhd.
The main theme of Lat's oeuvre is life in multi-racial Malaysia, ranging from deeply personal memories ("Kampung Boy"), political satire (often lampooning the heated debates between the two major political parties, UMNO and PAS, as well as taking a satirical swipe at every major announced government policies), living life abroad from the Malaysian point of view and the ever-changing relationships between the different ethnic groups. He often mixes his social commentaries with humorous passages and slapstick. These features are found virtually everywhere in his work.
Striking about Lat are his accounts of his own village childhood, and his extended Malay family, collected in his acclaimed autobiographical books "Kampung Boy" and "Town Boy". They are the only books to have been reprinted in Japanese. They recall Lat's fond memories of the relaxed pace of traditional kampong life, and that in spite of being supportive of modern city life, Lat is proud and very fond of his deeply rural background.

2 comments:

Imbi & Itchy said...

I love Lat. To me, his cartoon depicts Malaysian to the core that no one can. His articles are good too.

Julian Si said...

Ditto! LAT is a genius :-)

TOWN BOY has to be one of the most memorable reads EVER :-) I will never forget reading it for the first time when I was growing up.

Small claim to fame ... I met LAT when I won the consolation price in a NST run contest, many MANY years ago ... nostalgia!