Nanyang Siang Pau apologises for insulting Pandikar, Hadi

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KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau has apologised to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for publishing a cartoon deemed insulting to the two leaders.

The newspaper, in a statement today, said they apologised and admitted that the cartoon was inappropriate for public viewing.

“We have also withdrawn the same cartoon published in Nanyang Siang Pau news portal, eNanyang.my,” according to the statement.

On April 8, the newspaper and its news portal published a cartoon featuring two monkeys sitting on a tree named “Act 355” while a group of monkeys fight under it.

One of the monkeys on the tree dons a “songkok” and is labelled ‘speaker’, while the other one has a “serban” and is labelled “Hadi Awang”.

The cartoon was published in the newspaper two days after Hadi tabled his Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) on April 6.