About 30 people disrupted an exhibition featuring the works of political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, at the Komtar building in Penang this afternoon.
The group was led by Penang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim and Gabungan Perwakilan Melayu Pulau Pinang chief Rizuad Mohd Azudin.
After arriving at the venue around 3pm, the group hurled obscenities at Zunar, and demanded that he remove the cartoons which were deemed insulting to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Though the group gave Zunar a 30-minute time frame to remove his work, they however grew impatient and began to kick the drawings, which were affixed to stands.
Zunar's manager Azura Aziz said two artworks were damaged in the incident.
"They kicked down the works depicting Anwar Ibrahim. They swung boxes, threatening to throw them at us.
"They told Zunar to remove his cartoon books and threatened to burn them," she added.
Some 30 police personnel, including members of the light strike force, were present during the incident but could not contain the group.
Zunar launched his cartoon exhibition at noon, and the event was officiated by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
To launch book on Sunday
The group left at 3.45pm to lodge a police report, while Azura said she will also lodge a report because the group threatened to disrupt Zunar's other programmes in Penang.
On Sunday, Zunar will launch his book Wasabi at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee in Pengkalan Weld at 6pm.
His cartoon exhibition was supposed to go on from today until Dec 2 and move to Speakers Square at the Esplanade on Dec 3.
Zunar planned to bring his cartoons to the street for more exposure as he wanted to simplify the issues surrounding the much sought-after 'Malaysian Official 1' (MO1).
Najib has been confirmed by one of his cabinet ministers to be the elusive MO1 cited in the US civil suit against three individuals alleged to have been involved in money laundering of 1MDB funds.
He has denied being involved in the civil suit and attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali had cleared him of any wrongdoing related to mismanagement of funds in 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation in Najib's private bank accounts.- Mkini