‘New Malaysia’ not free as long as Sedition Act exists, says Zunar

Cartoonist Zunar says he won’t give a free pass to the PH government and will continue his criticism through his works.

KUALA LUMPUR: Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar, says there is no freedom in Pakatan Harapan’s New Malaysia as long as the government refuses to repeal laws like the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Sedition Act 1948.

Zunar said that although he had been freed of sedition charges and was now able to travel again, there was no guarantee the government would not use the law against him again in the future.

“So I cannot say that the freedom is better now unless the government repeals these laws and makes it perfectly clear on record. These two laws are still there. The government may not use it now, but may do so later in future. There’s no guarantee,” he told FMT after the launching of his latest book entitled Fight Through Cartoons.

He said he was disappointed that PH had failed to repeal the laws as promised in its election manifesto, and urged the government to take bold steps in ensuring that radical reforms took place.

Zunar promised to continue criticising the government, just as he criticised the previous administration, through his cartoons. “There is no way I will give a free pass to this government. They will be criticised, they will be monitored.”

However, he said he was satisfied that a number of leaders and politicians are facing trial on corruption charges. “At least now we can see this happening. We would not have seen this happening if Barisan Nasional was still in power.”