Sunday, January 30, 2011


iPOH (MALAYSIA):The Ipoh City Council has decided to pay tribute to the “original Kampung Boy” - cartoonist Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, who grew up in Kota Baru, on the outskirt of the city.

Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said “Galleri Kartunis Lat” would be promoted as one of the city’s 10 icons but declined to reveal the location of the gallery except to say that it would be run by a non-governmental organisation.

“We chose Datuk Lat for his overwhelming contribution to the growth of the cartoon industry and in making Kampung Boy one of the most loved characters worldwide,” he said.

Speaking to reporters after chairing the Ipoh Council’s full board meeting here yesterday, Roshidi said it would give its full support to the NGO to ensure that the project takes off.

Roshidi said the council would leave it to Lat to decide if he wanted to put his drawings of Kampung Boy in the gallery.

“It (Kampung Boy) is after all his right,” he said.

(Taken from

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