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MALAYSIA: PENANG-BORN ARTIST ATTEMPTS TO BREAK GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

GEORGE TOWN, Penang state, Malaysia After successfully getting into the Malaysian Book of Records for the most caricatures drawn in 24 hours, Penang-born cartoonist Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin is now planning to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cartoon strip.

The 34-year-old, who began drawing in primary school, is planning to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cartoon strip which is currently held by Pakistani cartoonist Unaiza Ali Barlas with a 267.38-metre drawing on March 12, last year.

Mohd Azmi said he submitted his application to The Guinness Book of World Records last year about his intention to break the world record but was told to change his script from Bahasa Malaysia to English.

“I have now started to draft my cartoon script in English and my story is about our national car, Proton Saga since its inception in the 1980s until today,” he told Bernama when met at his gallery in Penang Road here today.

He added that the story will begin with the first owner of the national car, a Malay man, with the car later changing hands to Indian and Chinese families before it finally goes back to its first owner.

Mohd Azmi said his intention is to promote Malaysia and his storyline would include the multicultural elements of Malaysia and how the different owners handled the car.

“For example, the Malays in those days would hold a ‘kenduri’ (feast) with friends and relatives to welcome their first car, then in my cartoon, the car will be owned by an Indian family who will turn it into a taxi, while its third owner, a Chinese, will paint the car red which he said would bring ‘ong’ (good luck), before the car finally finds its way back to its first owner, he said.

Mohd Azmi said this was a golden opportunity for him to make a name for himself on the international stage and to make all Malaysians proud.

“My target is to be able to get enough money to attempt for The Guinness World Record by the end of this year. If I cannot get enough funds, I may change to another category which requires less costs,” he said.

However, Mohd Azmi said one obstacle he faces was getting sponsorship for his quest as The Guinness Book of World Records wants him to record the whole process of drawing the cartoon strip which would require more costs.

“The cost of the 400-metre long paper, drawing materials and recording the whole drawing process is not cheap and I am still trying to figure out a way to get the money,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his five-year career as a cartoonist in Penang, Mohd Azmi who goes by the pen name ME, has produced three comic books titled ‘Tanjong Life’, ‘Little Mamak’ and ‘Lost in Bagan’.

Inspired by Malaysia’s renowned cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, popularly known as Lat, Mohd Azmi said he will release another comic by the end of this year.

“I have planned the release of a caricature comic of 70 Penang personalities but I am currently in the process of gathering their details and seeking their approval to publish the caricatures,” he said.

Source: NAM News Network

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