In 2018, after more than 60 years of being ruled by the same party, Malaysians voted out Najib Razak and his government – the catalyst, the disappearance of billions of dollars of public funds involving Malaysia‘s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB.
Police raids on Najib’s family homes after the election seized more than $270m worth of cash and luxury goods including Hermes Birkin handbags worth in excess of $10m and 12,000 pieces of jewellery – valued at more than $100m.
For internationally acclaimed Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, none of this came as a surprise. For years, his cartoons portrayed images of government corruption and the extravagance of Najib’s wife, Rosmah.
Under Najib’s government, Zunar faced nine criminal charges for his cartoons, carrying sentences totalling more than 43