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Police swoop down on Zunar, confiscate books

 | January 28, 2015

Zunar who is in London at the moment, tweets: “Police in my office, looking for me. But I currently in London. So they are taking all my books.”

zunarPETALING JAYA: Satirical cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, more popularly known as Zunar, had copies of his books confiscated by four policemen in a raid at his office this morning.

According to the Malaysian Insider, the police also questioned the staff present although they refused to cooperate by giving any statement.

When told of the raid and seizure of his books, Zunar, who is currently in London, tweeted: “Police in my office, looking for me. But I currently in London. So they are taking all my books.”

Zunar also tweeted that he was there to give a talk entitled, “To fight through cartoons”, at an event organised by the Monsoons Book Club.

It was learnt from a later tweet of his that 149 of his books were confiscated. The books dwelt on politically controversial subjects and were entitled “Conspiracy to Imprison Anwar” and “Pirates of the Carry BN” in both Bahasa Malaysia and English versions.

In a statement to the media, Zunar clarified that the raid by police, led by ASP Lim Ah Heng from the legal division of the criminal investigation department of the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters, was carried out under the Printing Presses Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code.

In a follow-up tweet, Zunar said to the police, “Kalau kartun dirasa fitnah, silakan orang yg terasa itu kemuka saman sivil. Tiada masalah. Saya bantah guna undang2 jenayah spt akta hasutan” (If the cartoons are deemed defamatory in nature, those who feel that way should file a civil suit. No problem. I oppose the use of criminal laws like the Sedition Act).

Zunar is currently under investigation for sedition for his previous works which even saw him being detained for two days in 2010. It is unknown at this point if this morning’s raid were fresh investigations on him or part of the previous one.


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