Author: Sukhbir Cheema

Do you recognise these symbolism in Zunar’s cartoons?

Earlier this week celebrated Malaysian cartoonist Zunar again found himself in trouble with the authorities. This time, he was not allowed to travel abroad. The cartoonist was to board his flight on Monday to Singapore to attend a forum when he was stopped by Malaysian Immigration officers who revealed that they had received directives from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar himself. According to Zunar, the directive was issued on June 24, this year, preventing the cartoonist from travelling overseas. The directive came a day after Australian National University’s (ANU) New Mandala ran a piece on Zunar calling on Malaysians...

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What’s the story behind this sketch of a hauntingly beautiful woman?

Ever wondered what’s up with that image of a hauntingly beautiful woman sketched at the Masjid Jamek LRT station’s tunnel? Part of Doodle Malaysia‘s Contenglah! exhibition, here’s the story from artist, Arif Rafhan Othman aka Superdoofus, himself!  When I was asked to do a live doodle by Allie Hill, I didn’t think twice about it. I thought the idea was great, and it will definitely create awareness and intrigue about doodling. I chose weekdays as my weekends are occupied with family activities. On the first morning, I began my ‘doodling journey’ by taking the new LRT line from Putra Heights....

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Bersih’s emo protestor is done doing memes

Just a year ago, Belveen Singh won the hearts of Malaysian netizens following his hilarious memes during Bersih 4, ultimately becoming Malaysia’s first official meme artist. A year-on, the 28-year-old reveals to Eksentrika that he is done with memes. For good. “I’m done with making memes to be honest. It was fun at first but I feel they were getting too stale and repetitive,” the Selayang born reveals. Belveen caught the attention of Malaysian netizens in August 2015 when he uploaded an entire photo album onto his Facebook profile consisting of memes. He named it, The Emo Protestor. Clothed...

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On cloud nine with A9 Strings

The striking feature of a piano may be its black and ivory keys, but each note actually comes from the vibration of strings, hammered down with each pressing. It is no surprise that this subtle intricacy is what inspired musicians, Dennis Law and Rohnie Tan to name their band, “A9 strings”. “Piano has eight A strings and a violin has only one A string. So both instruments sum up to nine A strings,”Rohnie tells Eksentrika. The duo got together a year ago, with Rohnie on the violin and Dennis with piano, serenading with soulful sounds that can be termed in the local lingo as “jiwang”. “Dennis thought...

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Dog lover turned canine artist paints animals in provocative positions

Image credit: Gladys Simpson Catching her pet dog sleeping belly up and legs wide open by accident inspired Gladys Simpson to paint animals in unusual “provocative” positions four-years ago. After painting her dog, Kuro, Gladys then turned to her friends to submit images of their pets in funny, awkward and provocative positions. “I asked for belly up, awkward positions of their pets and the photos rolled in!” Gladys relates to Eksentrika. Ever since then, “the accidental pet artist” experimented with graphite, colour pencils and water colours to create her art pieces. “Graphite or colour pencils take much longer than an acrylic...

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