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'This Is Really A Cartoon Government' - Zunar, On The Police Raiding His Office Today

Police raided Zunar's office at around 10.30am this morning, seizing about 155 copies of his books.Police raided Zunar's office at around 10.30am this morning, seizing about 155 copies of his books.

KUALA LUMPUR: Political cartoonist Zunar called the Government of Malaysia – “a cartoon government”, after his office was raided, and 155 copies of his books seized today.

The political satire cartoonist, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque said the act was ludicrous and unnecessary, and he was evidently in a state of disbelief.

“This is really a government of the cartoon, for the cartoon and by the cartoon,” he said in a Skype interview today following the incident.

Zunar, who is currently in London said he received a call at 4am (London time) informing him about the raid where six police officers, led by ASP Lim Ah Heng from the criminal investigation department of KL Police headquarter went to the office looking for him.

According to Zunar, two policemen came to his KL office at around 10.30am this morning to ask questions of his staff but they did not cooperate and later, around 11.15am, another four police officers arrived to continue questioning his staff and subsequently seized copies of his work.

“I will be investigated under Section 2 of Printing Presses and Publication Act (PPPA), Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act and Section 500 of the Criminal Penal Code.

“Why are the police involved in this? If it is true I have defamed certain people, why not filed a civil suit? The government condemned Charlie Hebdo's attacker but now they are ‘attacking’ me,” he added.

However, he said he did not understand the motive of the police raiding his office, which is next to Suara Keadilan office “so suddenly” or the need to seized 155 of his books.

“Not only they should have called me first before the intended raid, they have no warrant and they have already taken my books,” he said.

Among the books seized are “Konspirasi Memenjarakan Anwar” (Malay and English version) and “Pirate of the Carry BN”. This is the third time his office got raided.

Besides that he was also informed that when the police raided his office, they kept on saying: “Who is the landlord?” – thus he suspected the landlord could be the next target.

Earlier, he tweeted: “Police in my office, looking for me. But I currently in London. They are taking all my books.”

In another entry, he wrote: “During the raid, police asked who is the office’s landlord. Are they also going to call in the landlord for investigation?”.

“When I come back to Malaysia, I will see my lawyer to figure out the next course of action, before the police investigation,” he said.

- mD