This Malaysian art book project injects punk attitude into historical research

A postcard image of an early 1990s underground gig poster for 'Banned In KL' at Voodoo Lounge in KL, designed by punk band Carburetor Dung's bassist Fendi (Effendee Mazlan). Photo: The Ricecooker Archives

It is not often that you come across a book with a name like this: Banned In KL, Astro Boy Rides The Wave To Sky Kingdom On A Grasshopper. It is a mouthful of a title, although it also goes by its alternative name, Malaysia In Fifteen Postcards, which essentially sums up what it is.

This “art book”, written by Ong Kar Jin, digital researcher, Simon Soon, academic researcher, and Lim Sheau Yun, architectural researcher, presents snippets of our country’s history, with images and accompanying text for every decade from the 1880s to present day. It has perforated pages, so each image can be torn out as a postcard.

Subscribe now for a chance to win your dream holiday!

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Culture

Malaysian illustrator goes big screen, super-sizes batik art for digital show
Discover the wonders of nature at KL's Forest Learning Centre
What we know about the Paris Olympics opening ceremony
Have you spotted these 'matchboxes' while driving around Kuala Lumpur?
A broken and beautiful world of shards, symbols and memories
Almodovar’s love affair with Spain’s capital city explored in new exhibition
Hermes v Hermes: Turkey bookshop marks win in copyright fight
Weekend for the arts: 'Twisted' fairy tales at KLPac, poetics of translation
'We are crying,': 8yo 'Goldsmith' mural in KL erased, street artist asks, 'Why?'
Strasbourg, with its literary history, shines as Unesco's World Book Capital 2024

Others Also Read