Political satirist and cartoonist Zunar will be launching his latest cartoon publication 'Even My Pen Has a Stand' on July 2 and copies can now be ordered online.
Published by Kinibooks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysiakini, the book features a collection of his political cartoons which have appeared on the news portal from September 2010 to June 2011 as well as in Cartoonmovement.com, an international cartoon website.
"The title 'Even My Pen Has a Stand' was chosen because after I was arrested, detained and threatened, it is important for me to reiterate my stand that I will continue drawing until the last drop of my ink.
"My stance is clear. I will draw to expose the corruption practiced by the Barisan National government as well as fundamental key issues such as abuse of power, police brutality, violation of human rights and misuse of public funds," he said in a press statement today.
Zunar, whose real name Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, was arrested on Sept 24 last year and was locked up for two days just hours before the launch of his penultimate cartoon book.
Prior to that, the government also banned six of his cartoon books.
"Will I be arrested or will this book be banned this time around? I do not have an answer for this but my advice to the Najib Abdul Razak administration is that it is uncivilised to use force by any means in order to stop a political cartoonist," he said.
Previously, Malaysiakini has published four other of his cartoon books including 'Cartoons On Tun… and Others' (2005), '1 Funny Malaysia' (2009) and ‘Cartoon-O-Phobia (2010)’.
Retailing at RM25, the launching ceremony will be held at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on July 2 at 8pm and it will be launched by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.