By Maureen Tai, 10 May 2018
“And so…there we were – my family and I … beginning a new life in this new place. We have become town people…”
On this first day of a new era for my home country, it is fitting that I should pay tribute to one of my favourite comics from my youth. Malaysia’s much-loved cartoonist, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid (fondly referred to as Lat, short for bulat or round) wrote Town Boy almost three decades ago. It is an semi-autobiographical tale, set in the 1960’s, of a young Malay boy growing up in a small town.
It is my childhood too. And it is the childhood of several generations of Malaysians. Continue reading