People Of Remarkable Talents (PORT) stepped forward to honour the cartoonists of the state via the publication of the Perak Cartoonists Directory (DKP) which was launched recently.
Member of the Board of Directors of PORT, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi explained that the publication of DKP not only introduces the cartoonists of the state, it also contains creative and entertaining works.
“PORT’s effort in documenting cartoonists is in line with the current situation where the COVID-19 pandemic has obstructed any organisation of festivals and programmes.
“PORT has also succeeded in acknowledging and honouring the cartoonists who were often thought to be a small and neglected community all this while, when in fact they have contributed a lot to cartoons and comics nationally, as well as on an international level,” stated Nolee, who also serves as the Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism.
The 144-page DKP features 65 locally-born cartoonists as well as those residing in Perak. Among them are Dato’ Dr. Mohd Nor Khalid (Lat), Mohd Desa Omar (Juragan), Mohd Tazidi Yusof (Tazidi) and Mior Shariman Mior Hassab (Mishar).
General Manager of PORT, Nur Hanim Dato’ Mohamed Khairuddin said that DKP can be used as a useful reference material for arts and culture researchers and enthusiasts.
“It is hoped that the directory could instill the sense of togetherness among cartoonists who have contributed immensely to the community.
“Hopefully, the DKP can be a significant data hub in the history of Malaysian cartoons and help to introduce the works of cartoonists for commercial purposes,” she added.
For those who would like to obtain the DKP, it is available at the PORT office located at No. 9 & 11, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400 Ipoh, Perak. For more info, contact Najatul Nabila at 05 241 2287 or fax to 05 241 2394.