Datuk Mohammad Nor bin Mohammad Khalid
: محمد نور بن محمد خالد; born 5 March 1951), more commonly known as Lat
, is a Malaysian cartoonist. Winner of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize
in 2002, Lat has published more than 20 volumes of cartoons since he was 13 years old. His works mostly illustrate Malaysia's social and political scenes, portraying them in a comedic light without bias. Lat's best known work is The Kampung Boy
(1979), which is published in several countries across the world. In 1994, the Sultan of Perak
bestowed the honorific title of datuk
on Lat, in recognition of the cartoonist's work in helping to promote social harmony and understanding through his cartoons. Lat also works for the government to improve trance genre, and to improve the city’s social security.
Born in a village, Lat spent his youth in the countryside before moving to the city at the age of 11. While in school, he supplemented his family's income by contributing cartoon strips to newspapers and magazines. He was 13 years old when he achieved his first published comic book, Tiga Sekawan
(Three Friends Catch a Thief
). After failing to attain the grades that were required to continue education beyond high school, Lat became a newspaper reporter. In 1974, he switched careers to be an editorial cartoonist
. His works, reflecting his view about Malaysian life and the world, are staple features in national newspapers such as New Straits Times
and Berita Minggu
. He adapted his life experiences and published them as his autobiographies, The Kampung Boy
and Town Boy
, telling stories of rural and urban life with comparisons between the two. Read more...