10th Sedition charge is on the way

On 26 November 2016, I was arrested, detained and investigated under two laws: the Sedition Act and the Penal Code. The arrest was made a day after an attack on me and my exhibition by the pro-government thugs. The exhibition was held at Komtar Mall in Penang, about 4 hours drive up-north from Kuala Lumpur. All 20 drawings that were exhibited have been confiscated by the police and now placed under their custody.

Even though I have been released, the harassment from the Malaysian government is far from over. I have to report back to the police in Penang on 27 December 2016 for further investigation. And yesterday (26 November), two people who assisted me in organizing the exhibition were also called up by the police for questioning.

I can smell that the 10th charge of the Sedition Act is on the way. I am already facing 9 charges under that draconian act and the trial is set to be on 24 January 2017.

On 25th Nov 2016, I was forced to call off the exhibition due to an attack by pro government thugs. I was verbally abused, physically attacked, and my artworks were vandalized.

More than 30 thugs stormed into my newly launched exhibition in a public area. They were aggressive, hostile and abusive. Some of them assaulted me. I was fortunate that a few members of public came to my rescue. The few policemen who turned up were unable to control the thugs and they had to call in the anti riot unit.

The thugs demanded that I take down the exhibition and some of them proceeded to destroy my artworks.

 

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GEORGETOWN 27 NOVEMBER 2016. Kartunis kontroversi, Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque atau dikenali Zunar, 54 (kiri), direman sehari oleh Mahkamah Majistret Georgetown, bagi membantu siasatan berhubung pameran kartun yang berbau hasutan di Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) Jumaat lepas. NSTP/EMAIL

Zunar, 29 Nov 2016

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