Punish errant publications but don’t shut them down, says Guan Eng

Source: The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Nanyang Siang Pau should not be closed since it has apologised and retracted a caricature that allegedly mocked two political leaders, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“Publications should be given chances to admit their mistakes, be punished but not to the extent of closing them down,” he told a press conference in Komtar yesterday.

Some quarters are asking that Nanyang Siang Pau be closed after the Chinese daily published a cartoon depicting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys. Read more

Malaysia: When cartoons and comedy become national threats — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Corespondent

(File) Malaysia's Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

(File) Malaysia’s Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

WHEN comedy becomes a threat to national security, we know society is heading down a deep, dark chasm where everyone has lost their sense of humour, personality and just plain humanity.

A few days ago, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known by his moniker Zunar, was arrested by the police at a meet-the-fans event in the capital city. The headlines said: Zunar arrested… again. Its true. It was not the political cartoonist’s first brush with our men in blue. It was not even his second. In fact, Zunar’s work has landed him in trouble so many times that its becoming quite hard to keep track of his run-ins with the authorities. Read more