Zunar suit for wrongful arrest damages tomorrow
Zunar’s suit against the police and Malaysian government for wrongful arrest is scheduled to begin at the KL High Court tomorrow. Zunar is seeking damages and the return of books and an original cartoon seized by police in a raid on his office in Brickfields, KL, hours before book launch.
Cartoon-O-Phobia is a collection of editorial cartoons already published at MalaysiaKini as well as original and unpublished works, on topics such as the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the conspiracy against Anwar (Ibrahim), Rosmah Mansor, wife of the prime minister, the loss of F5E fighter jet engines from an air force base, the navy’s new Scorpene submarines, racism, corruption and wastage of public funds.
Zunar was arrested on vague charges under the Sedition Act. The police said his books were “detrimental to public order” and could “influence the people to revolt against government policies”. A police team led by ASP Arikrishnan Apparau seized 66 copies of the book and an original political cartoon.
Zunar was taken by police to one police station after another, finally ending up at the police lockup at KL international airport. The book launch went ahead in his absence that night at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. with ousted Perak mentri besar Nizar Jamaluddin the guest of honour.
- Cartoonist Fights for Free Speech in Kuala Lumpur (graphicpolicy.com)
- Cartoonist Wants Kuala Lumpur to Lift Book Ban (online.wsj.com)