As early as 1961 when I began my teaching career in Singapore, I start my mornings doing two things: don’t listen to morning news broadcast and start the day with the cartoon page in the dailies. Getting a dose of negative news isn’t my way of starting the day well, so why not have a good laugh before setting out on a new day – teaching.
I got my first taste of socio-political cartoon with SunTan in AsiaWeek. Then, along came our most affable and much-loved Kampung Boy, LAT. We met every Thursday at Coliseum over gallons of beers and mirth – a most agreeable combination…..burp….! Today I still miss the bloke!
I do not read the cartoon pages now because we boycotted our Government newsletters since 2007. At one of our forums on NO BUY NO LIES, I was amused when Kadir Jasin told me he continues to buy the papers because he had to house-train his cats at home!
Today, as a blogger I spice my postings with the contributions from Zunar and Johnny Ong frequently. They recently launched CAEF – cartoonist against electoral fraud. I like Zunar’s punch line in his speech when he was awarded the CRNI "Courage in Editorial Cartooning" recently – WHY PINCH WHEN YOU CAN PUNCH. However, these two do not pull any punches. They dare to push the limits of tolerance! YOU TOO CAN IF YOU SUPPORT THEIR PUBLICATIONS. MAKE YOUR STAND BESIDE THEM.