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Friday, February 24, 2006

Tak boleh lukis...

Lama dah tak menulis; tak de cerita and tak de masa, dicampur dengan tak de ilham. Cuaca pun tetiba sejuk dengan tiupan angin sejuk timur laut. Semalam snowed pepagi lagi, sampai dah nak tengahari baru stopped, tapi tak lebat...berderai je.

Dunia pun semakin kacau bilau.... tak henti-henti.
Kisah kartun pun tak habis-habis di tanahair. Dua suratkhabar dah kena, ni pulak NST & RTM punya giliran. Frankly, now atok dah mula bosan dengan isu ni; dah jadi 'perang' sesama sendiri pulak. Siapa yang untung? Tentunya pihak lain....

Cakap pasal kartun ni... sejak kecik-kecik lagi, atok ni suka melukis. Tapi masa atok sekolah rendah dulu, nak lukis orang pun kena kata macam-macam.
"Mung lukih oghae, nati kiamak seksok dio maghi mitok nyawo, tok leh lukih oghea!"
["You can't draw human figures, otherwise in the hereafter, they will come to you and demand to be made alive!"]
... and I was terrified. I soon stopped drawing figures and moved into cartoons and objects. Then, it was all about Tempe Asuka from the Japanese superhero anime series of Blocker Corps Machine Blaster. Sesapa yang boleh lukis Tempe tu kira terrer lah [bukan terrorist though]. There was also this then, a futuristic tv series and comic, Space 1999.... kalau boleh lukis its Eagle Transporter tu, kira hebat lah jugak tu.

Atok ingat lagi, once I copied a 1 ringgit note, using a blue ball point pen. It took me all day and I was very proud of the result. I was probably 9 or 10 then. For decades I wanted to be a forger/counterfeiter coz to me every artist has his/her own style and trademark... and if one could copy and emulate that, it would be a tremendous feat.

One of Papa's cousins tu cikgu lukisan, and everytime gi visit his place, atok akan ambil the thick green book of Hikayat Hang Tuah. In it, he drew little sketches at the corner of pages, illustrating the stories; mostly orang dok bersilat [this was during the period (early 70's) when Papa was very active in silat and seeking other spritual/inner knowledge with his few close friends], and I was really amazed by those little doodles and started to copy them.

Atok initially learned to draw by tracing. In those days, manalah nak gi cari tracing paper. So, ambiklah minyak masak and sapu ke kertas; tak boleh banyak nanti rosak kertas... kena pandai buat ni. Then, jemur kertas tu kejap... baru boleh guna. Though at school, atok selalunya malas bila time period 'Lukisan'. Bukan apa, tak minat the one and only medium yang digunakan tu, watercolour. When I was at Standard 6, I was asked to enter the inter-school state drawing competition, and it was 'lukisan batik' theme. I had to do it in watercolour... duhhh. Sampai sekarang pun, atok amatlah gagal dalam watercolouring ni.... other medium okay.

And atok actually abandoned bab-bab drawing throughout my secondary school years for the same reason, albeit for a few weeks when atok was in the Badan Redaksi illustrating for my annual school magazine. It was only in '87 when atok was in KPP and made my weekly pilgrimage to the Central Market... my drawing passion re-emerged. Then, I started to draw potraits again..... and surprisingly no one ever told me that my figures would come back to haunt for their lives.

And I haven't stop drawing since.....
have a nice day
* kartun di atas tidak bernama Muhammad dan tidak juga berbangsa Arab

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Another cartoon

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Friday, February 03, 2006


12 CartoonsHari ni serata dunia kecoh... pasal ni.


update: 07/02/2006

I refrained myself from commenting on this explosive issue, hoping that it would die out soon. However, things seem to be fuelling up in many parts of the world with more violent, riots, burnings, chanting and what not of extremism.

So, I guess… I shall jot something here:

I’m not going to discuss about the matter per se; as most of us agree that it was not an issue of freedom of expression/speech but rather of respect and responsibilities. I should say no more.

But what has troubled me is the (over) reactions of the some fellow Muslims globally which have painted a darker colour on the already darken and tainted canvas of Islam in the eyes of fellow (non-Muslim) beings.

I do appreciate many decent and intellectual forums and discussions on tv, radio and internet, but let’s face the fact that only a small percentage of global population do really sit down and listen (or browse) to theses such dialogues. The mass population would rather easily look at those nasty images and read horrible newspaper headlines about how barbaric Muslims are in illustrating their anger; building damaged and torched, churches were vandalised, people killed and not to mention those inflammatory chants and placards… they are simple unjustified.

If for a second, I imagine myself on the other side, it seems to me that:


Which is indeed extremely sad and troublesome. Of course, the media would prefer showing those savvy images and write horrific stories; hey, that’s what sells… not intellectual discussions (albeit a few). Hence, why should we keep feeding them with such things? Or, better still, why do we even create one on the first place?

Last Friday, the International Association of Muslim Scholars called it an
International Day of Anger. I hope they would also call the same, on any day when fellow Muslim(s) committed suicide bombings, or any unjust crime against other innocent beings…. since we Muslims should all be extremely angry with their deconstructive and damaging acts against our belief system... it's choking us all from every direction.

On top of that, the one who are on the frontline are us, Muslims in the Western countries. So much effort we have been putting in living exemplary life; trying to demonstrate that we all can co-exist peacefully... and often have to bend our own norms and requirements to accomodate that. Uneasy they might often be, we've been trying our best, nevertheless.

Yet, every one step forward we manage to progress…. we have been constantly hijacked by our beloved fellow brothers and sisters with such tainted acts which have thrown us ten steps back. It’s indeed hard to win this battle; with unexpected enemies within to deal with.

Whilst our fellow believers could simply shield any reaction from their destructive conducts behind the comfort of their own borders, countries and laws, we are the ones who have to endure the repercussion, the backlash, the intimidation, the prejudice, the abuse etc etc etc. This is extremely unfair……

We might not be the best quality of Muslims in the eye of the masses, but at least we are not destructive… and happy to get on with life whilst in any small possible way trying to show others that at the end of the day, we all longing for peace and happiness.

So, please help ... don't make us all be constantly cartooned.

Peace to all, amin.