To the young Malaysians of today cartoonist Lat (Dato’ Mohd Nor bin Khalid) is probably known mainly as the creator of the animated TV series Kampung Boy on Astro. The 26 episode series, based originally on the cartoon storybook Kampung Boy which is about childhood in a Malaysian village, first published in 1979, received great response from TV audience since it started in 1998. Apart from Malaysia, the series has been running on Canadian, German and Asian television network.
One of the episodes called Oh! Tok (about Mat the kampung boy and his family and friends in a fix over the subject of superstition) won the Best Animation (category of 13 minute and above at the Annecy Animation Festival, France, 1999.
Older Malaysian cartoon fans would have known Lat’s work since the 1960’s when he started drawing cartoons for Berita Minggu and from 1974 in the New Straits Times newspaper. Lat still draws editorial cartoons for the New Straits Times today.
Over the years his comics have come to define what it means to be Malaysian. The man is a genius at capturing our hearts, our souls, who we are, and what we aspire to be. Kam Raslan speaks to Lat in an attempt to untangle the complex notion of what it means to be Malaysian. […]