Controversial cartoonist Zunar freed

Nov 28, 2016



Satirical cartoonist Zunar has been released on police bail, following his 10-hour remand at George Town City police station in Jalan Patani.

Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, was released at about 6.45pm on Sunday.

George Town City police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the anti-government cartoonist was released on police bail.

He was earlier remanded for a day at the George Town Magistrate’s Court following a commotion at his cartoon exhibition hall in Komtar.

Zunar was allegedly confronted by some 30 Penang Umno Youth members and Malay NGOs for displaying anti-government cartoons at the exhibition.

The group demanded Zunar to take down the cartoons, which had allegedly mocked the prime minister and other national leaders.

Due to the altercation, the cartoonist was forced to cancel the exhibition, which was supposed to run until today, for security reasons.

Nibong Tebal Umno youth chief Mohd Norhiesam Ismail later lodged a police report.

Norhiesam said it was unacceptable for Zunar to depict national leaders like Prime Minister Najib Razak in such a negative manner.

Upon his release, Zunar tweeted: “Bebas!” (free!).