Google Doodle celebrates late cartoonist


GOOGLE Doodle has paid tribute to Kamarudin Ismail, also known as Kamn Ismail, a prominent figure in the local animation industry.

The late Kamn was known as the creator and director of the first local animation series, Keluang Man, which combined two-dimensional animation with three-dimensional backgrounds, reported Berita Harian.

Google Product Marketing Manager Judy Wong said the special Google Doodle was displayed in conjunction with the late cartoonist’s birthday yesterday.

“This special project is to honour individuals who have contributed a lot to the history of Malaysian animation.

“The Google Doodle displayed on the Google search engine will be seen by millions of Malaysians.

“It is a moment to inspire and bring back nostalgia for the nation’s pride,” Wong said.

Quest Animation Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Muhamad Firdaus Omar, who is also Kamn’s son-in-law, said he and his family appreciated Google’s efforts to commemorate his late father-in-law’s work.

> City dwellers wake up for work as early as 5am to avoid traffic jams and continue sleeping in the car once they reach their workplace, reported Kosmo!.Private sector worker Fiqri Azman, 28, said it had become a norm for him to sleep in his car when he reached his office.

He added that as soon as he left his home in Cyberjaya to work in Petaling Jaya, he would surely get stuck in traffic on the Maju Expressway (MEX) at 7am.

“Work starts at 9am but to avoid the traffic, I make sure that I leave my house before 6am and arrive at my office before 7am. Then, I take a nap in my car.

“Instead of wasting one or two hours on the road every morning, it’s better if I use that time to continue sleeping for a while when I arrive at my workplace; that’s more worthwhile,” he told the Malay daily.

Another worker, Nurul Ain Natasha, 26, said she had to quit her previous job because she could not bear to sleep in her car every morning before work.

Nurul Ain Natasha, who lives in Shah Alam, said her last workplace in Petaling Jaya had no parking lot, which made her feel unsafe because she had to park “by the roadside”.

A graphic designer worker who wanted to be known only as Ayep, 27, said around five of his colleagues in his company also slept in their cars upon reaching their workplace.

“I live in Bukit Jalil and work in Mont Kiara, so the routes that are always crowded are Jalan Klang Lama, Jalan Istana and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim,” he noted.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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