Zunar: Man who confronted me says he was from Umno


PETALING JAYA: Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar is puzzled by the Umno secretary-general’s claim that the party had nothing to do with the attempted attack on him yesterday.

Speaking to FMT, Zunar – who his known for his satirical take on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration – explained that the individual who led the mob and demanded he take down drawings he put on display at an exhibition, had identified himself as a Penang Umno member.

“So it’s Umno lah. He did not say he was from an NGO, so what else is there?” he said, adding that he later found out that the individual in question was the Penang Umno Youth Chief.

Zunar was responding to a Malaysiakini report quoting Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor denying that Umno had anything to do with yesterday’s incident in the Komtar building in Penang.

In the 2:45pm melee, Zunar was surrounded by some 30 people, who threatened him before demanding he take down his artwork.

Due to the commotion that erupted, Zunar made the decision to cancel the exhibition for security reasons.

Labelling Adnan’s denial as “unacceptable”, Zunar said that the former’s statement could only be accepted if the individual who led the mob did not hold any post in the party.

He said that if indeed Umno had not instructed its members to threaten Zunar, then those who did show up at Komtar yesterday should be sacked from the party immediately.

Earlier today, Nibong Tebal Umno Youth Chief Mohd Norhiesam Ismail said he and 50 party and NGO members demanded Zunar take down the “offensive” drawings put on display at his exhibition, as it depicted the prime minister and other national leaders in a bad light.

Norhiesam said they had come in peace, but were provoked by Penang executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin.

Afif meanwhile rubbished Norhiesam’s claim, stating that he had returned after Friday prayers to his office when he spotted Zunar “being harassed” by a group of Umno members.