Cops seize Zunar’s cartoon books on Rosmah ahead of launch


(The Malaysian Insider) – Police today confiscated copies of cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque’s satire on the prime minister’s wife, ahead of its planned launching today in Petaling Jaya.

The cartoonist, better known as Zunar, told the crowd gathered for the launch at 10am that police took away copies of the book while they were being transported to the venue at the Taman Jaya lake. The event started three hours late as a result.

He said the police stopped staff of the printing company bringing the books before taking away some 200 copies.

“The books have been confiscated by the police on their way here. Only a few copies are here,” he said.

He then told people that they could still buy the books online and started receiving orders.

“ROS in Kangkongland” is a collection of cartoons on Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Zunar said his latest work is dedicated to Rosmah because he was inspired by her.

“This book is about Rosmah, Rosmah is my ‘idol’. She gives me a lot of inspiration,” he said at the launch.

“Every time she opens her mouth, I’m inspired, whenever she keeps quiet, I don’t get any inspiration.”

Zunar, whose previous works were banned, is under police investigation for sedition.

He was released yesterday after three days in remand for posting on his Twitter account a critical remark about the judiciary, following the jailing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on February 10.

Zunar said that every time he was detained, the printing company that printed his books would also be raided.

When he was arrested earlier this week, the printer of “ROS in Kangkongland” decided to halt work on the book, he said.

The printing company, which he did not name, resumed printing after he was released from remand yesterday.

Zunar said the police’s actions would not stop him from continuing his work as a satire cartoonist.

“I will give a clear message to them, that I will never stop. I will continue to fight through cartoons, to overthrow a cartoon government,” he said.