Never enough of Lat!

Last Wednesday, in anticipation of the school holidays which started Friday evening, I took Girl-Girl to Borders bookstore, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. We went Lat hunting and bought her RM 200.00 worth of Dato’ Mohd. Nor Khalid’s previous works.

It’s my effort to help her understand some of the heritage and snapshots of an average Malaysian life. Being Malaysian, is the flavour of this 50th Merdeka celebrations, which was launched by the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last night.


So can’t help herself and our home is filed with her laughter every now and then since this ‘Lat build up’. Of course I had to guide to most of what Lat drew because most of them are issues at that very moment which affected average Malaysians. Issues include how Malaysians behave overseas, taken in stride through its witty sarcasm and cynicism.


On Friday, my father was admitted to Damansara Hospital for minor chest pains and he had to do the angiogram again, after nine years. So she brought her entire collection of Lat and that cheered my old man, in his mixed feelings of fear and worry.


Father was a former Civil Servant, who retired optionally to start his own business, just before the “super bull run” of early 90s. So he went through most of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s pre-Vision 2020 announcement administration and policies for economic development. He assumed directorship of a Federal Government agency a month before Dr. Mahathir sworn into office, 17 July 1981. Therefore, reading Lat brought back a lot of bitter and sweet memories for him. Now, both are retired. There is one special edition dedicated for Dr. Mahathir, a compilation of caricatures about him called “Dr. Who?!“.




Of course the Oppositions were not spared.




Visiting foreign monarchs on official capacity were neither spared.


I hope Girl-Girl learn more about Malaysia and the people from Lat. I know I did. When my father bought my first Lat in 1977, I learned a lot of new things as a nine year old boy. Horse racing, general elections, political satire and a newspaper cartoonist in training in London. Then there was “The Kampung Boy“, during when he grew up in his tin mining village near Batu Gajah, Perak and his adolescence years in Ipoh captured in “The Town Boy“.



He first started in NST as a junior crime reporter and in 1974, his cartoon artistry talents were accidentally discovered. Soon enough, Tan Sri A Samad Ismail made him the resident cartoonist/caricaturist and he became an instant hit. The rest is history. His works are very popular, even in neighbouring Singapore and translated into other languages.


I am utterly convinced Dato’ Mohd. Nor Khalid should be honoured for colouring the lives of an average English speaking Malaysian for over the last thirty years. His contributions to bring Malaysians closer together are immense.

Thank you Dato’.


*An update as of Tuesday, 21 August 2007. It seemed that Girl-Girl did her own posting on Lat.

Published in: on August 19, 2007 at 20:35  Comments (3)  

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  1. Dear Big Dog,
    I wrote this article under pseudonym at this blog


    that sum up people’s frustrations


  3. […] me a book called ‘Lat Was Here’. He wanted to introduce me to Lat. He just bought all 9 Lat books from Borders, in The Curve. I just started but after even 5 pages, I couldn’t stop laughing! Imagine, […]

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