Monday, May 07, 2007
Singapore Political Comics
The above Comic is taken from Insane Poly -- Elite Girl
I remember during my university days, one of the most "shocking" political news is about the authority ordering an comic artist to remove one of his creation from his exhibition because the comic he drew is seen as "offending" someone up there. The reason given was that Singapore is an "Asian" country/society whereby political leaders should be respected and should not be made fun of, even in comic art.
The irony is that we always see local newspapers, be it English or Chinese papers, have been putting up comics drawn on other political leaders around the world, including some of our neighbouring countries leaders. Aren't our neighbouring countries "Asian"? Shouldn't they be "respected" and not "made fun" of?
This has puzzled me quite a bit even up till now. Once a while, you could still see some comics about political leaders around the world, be them "Asian" or otherwise, being printed in local newspapers. But you could hardly find any comics of our Singapore political leaders; well, maybe on opposition leaders but hardly any ministers, as far as I could remember.
Anyway, the wonders of this digital age is that citizens could freely express themselves in this cyberspace. The following are some links to political comic sites; well, be warned that they are persistently political. ;)
Insane Poly -- Elite Girl
Goh Meng Seng