Zunar on police bail, plans to sell ‘Cartoon-o-phobia’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Sep 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysiakini cartoonist Zunar, who was arrested on Friday under the Sedition Act, has been released on police bail.

He was freed from the Sepang police station several hours after police obtained a one-day remand extension order yesterday.

Sepang police chief Supt Zahedi Ayub confirmed the 6.30pm release.

The remand extension was earlier granted by the Sepang magistrate’s court to keep Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anawar Ulhaque, in custody for further questioning.

After his release, Zunar told newsmen at a press conference that he was taken to seven police stations.

He added that he was first taken to the Brickfields police station on Friday, then to Petaling Jaya, Bukit Puchong, Serdang, Sepang, and finally the KLIA police lock-up.

He was then brought back to Sepang yesterday morning, where he was questioned by the police.

“I want my books back,” Zunar said, adding that the incident would not stop him from selling his books.

His lawyer Latheefa Koya said she would file complaints with the Bar Council and Human Rights Commission over Zunar’s ordeal.

On Friday, police raided Zunar’s office in Brickfields and seized 66 copies of Cartoon-o-phobia, a collection of political cartoons published by Kinibook, the publishing arm of Malaysiakini, as well as a caricature of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Zunar’s arrest and the seizure of the items took place just hours before the book was scheduled to be launched by former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at 8pm.

The organisers were told to disperse when they began giving speeches.

No untoward incident was reported.

Selangor police chief DCP Khalid Abu Bakar said police went to Malaysiakini office in Bangsar yesterday to obtain copies of Cartoon-o-phobia and not to question anyone.

“It was a normal police procedure,” he added.

Related Stories: Cartoonist Zunar arrested Home Ministry challenged over ban on comic books Suhakam against comic ban

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Nation

Several localities in Sabah, Sarawak under EMCO from Tuesday (June 15)
Covid-19: 15 new clusters recorded, 11 involve workplaces
Covid-19: 39-member team brave strong currents to vaccinate villagers in Kelantan
Covid-19: Cops issue 748 compound notices, arrest 32 on Saturday (June 12)
Tengku Zafrul: BRP appeal period to start on Tuesday (June 15)
Covid-19: Spike in cases due to increased testing, says Negri health chief
Covid-19: Sarawak reports 544 new cases, five deaths
Sabah government tightens the reins on statutory bodies and GLCs to curb power abuse
Serious efforts undertaken to preserve Tasik Chini, says Pahang Forestry Dept
Sabah NGO gets marine conservation cryptocurrency as funding from US company for turtle hatchery, beach cleanup initiative

Stories You'll Enjoy