Zunar’s banned book now in US Congress Library
Banned in Malaysia, political cartoonist’s book ‘Pirates of The Carry-BN’ has found home in the Library of Congress in Washington DC, United States.
The reception to accept the cartoon book as one of 120,000 cartoon books in the library was held at the library on Oct 1, Zunar said in a statement.
The book was accepted by the curator of the library’s Popular and Applied Graphic Arts in the Prints and Photographs Department, Sara W Duke, and will be placed in the Asia Section.
“To me, this is a form of recognition since none of my cartoon books are recognised and some even banned by the Malaysian government,” he said.
He said it is especially gratifying as no library in Malaysia holds ‘Pirates of The Carry-BN’, nor is it sold in any shop in Malaysia due to the ban.
‘Pirates of The Carry-BN’ - a play on the popular film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ - is not Zunar’s first book to be catalogued at the 200-year-old library’s collection of 33 million books.
However, it is the first to be made available among the three million physical copies held at the premises at the US capital.
‘Pirates of the Carry-BN’ is not the only cartoon book by Zunar which has been banned.
In 2010, he was arrested and remanded overnight after police raided his office over the book ‘Cartoon-O-Phobia’, published by Malaysiakini .
Two years later, he lost a civil suit to challenge the legality of the arrest.
However, the court ordered the return of copies of the book and a piece of artwork seized in the raid.