Category: Society

Penangite links up with Lithuanian to publish children’s book with a difference

The collaborators behind the book, writer Rosalind Chua and illustrator Artur Sirin, at the launch in George Town
The collaborators behind the book, writer Rosalind Chua and illustrator Artur Sirin, at the launch in George Town

It’s not often that you come across a vividly illustrated children’s book relating the adventures of a young person in the streets of a city trying to unravel a mystery after dark. And this city bears some resemblance to George Town.

A new children’s book, Twee and the Mysterious Howl, by writer Rosalind Chua and illustrator Artur Sirin was launched in Penang on 8 November with a launch in Europe expected next year. (more…)

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Zunar’s stand

Three of Zunar’s part-time assistants were arrested for selling his cartoon books at the Palace of Justice a couple of days ago during the Anwar trial. (The information released at the time and reported was that his wife was among those arrested – but then his wife was in Port Dickson at the time, so how?! Oops.) The three – Rizaldy, Raja Norita and Norliza Mohd Kassim – were released at midnight.

Ten copies of Pirates of the Carry-BN and 33 copies of Buku Komplot Penjarakan Anwar were seized. (Check out the books.) The books are apparently being investigated under three laws: the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Penal Code and the Sedition Act.

A few colleagues and I caught up with Zunar over a banana leaf lunch when he was in Penang recently. Check out the T-shirt he was wearing.

Zunar and his T-shirt - His stand is clear. What's yours?

Zunar and his T-shirt – His stand is clear. What’s yours?

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Rapid development: at whose expense?

This is an interesting view that suggests – and I tend to believe – that state governments could do a lot more to protect the interests of long-time settlers and established communities from the onslaught of property development, especially the high-end variety catering to the well-heeled. (more…)

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