“Every image of the past that is not recognised by the present as one of its own concerns, threatens to disappear irretrievably”.
Walter Benjamin, cultural critics, 1930’s.
This is the earliest series of Lat, Malaysian most influencial cartoonist. His cartoons has been published since 1964 till present. Lat has been a significant contributors in News Straits Times and Berita Minggu for several years before he became a freelance cartoonist which has allowed him to expend his cartoonist wings to several other publications. Most of his cartoons has been republished but this series is one of the best sellers that had brought Lat to many foreign countries such as France, America, Japan, England and Middle East. Recently Lat Kampung Boy series has been translated to Arabic language, and this added to the collections of Lat’s Kampung Boy graphic novel that has been translated to French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Even though Lat did not called himself as a satirical cartoonist, his cartoon does stirred up and highlighted issues about Malaysian politics, social and economy.