Do you know who Mohammad Nor Khalid or Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid?
We didn´t when we moved here to Malaysia from Sweden almost a year ago.
If you are born in Southeast Asia you probably do. Known as Lat, he is one of the most famous cartoon artists here in Asia. Even Air Asia, the big low cost airline use his pictures on the planes!
Mohammad Nor Khalid – also known as Lat
He was born in Kota Baru, Perak, Malaysia in 1951 and grew up in a Kampung – small village. In early age he started drawing and got attention for his humorous pictures that spot on showed life and culture of Malaysia.
He moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1970. Lat was offered a position to join the New Straits Times as a crime reporter, but later on he became a cartoonist.
Since then he been published many comic books and he is highly appreciated by many million people throughout Southeast Asia.
His first book Kampung Boy, an autobiography of his life was published in 1979.
What is a Kampung?
The term kampung (sometimes spelling kampong) in the English language has been defined specifically as “a Malay hamlet or village in a Malay-speaking country”.
In other words, a kampung is defined today as a village in Brunei, Indonesia or Malaysia. In Malaysia, a kampung is determined as a locality with 10,000 or fewer people. Since historical times, every Malay village came under the leadership of a penghulu (village chief), who has the power to hear civil matters in his village.
A Malay village typically contains a “masjid” (mosque) or “surau” (Muslim chapel), paddy fields and Malay houses on stilts. Malay and Indonesian villagers practice the culture of helping one another as a community, which is better known as “joint bearing of burdens” (gotong royong), as well as being family-oriented. Especially the concept of respecting one’s family, particularly the parents and elders.
It’s a privilegie to live in multi-racial Malaysia and we learn new things everyday . We appreciate and recognize the culture more and more. Reading Lat is an easy way of widen and integrate into our new land. Thats why we also want to share this with you.
Lat peers into a multiracial society with Malay, Chinese and Indian Culture mixed together. 20% of Malaysias people are chinese 10 % are Indians. Here in Borneo there is also 10 % Natives or even called Culture groups.
It’s very exciting and interesting mix that gives Malaysia its character and charm.
Moving from Sweden – a cold country in north of Europe to Exotic Tropical Borneo has been an adventure. Lat – is just one of Malaysias many treasures we found since we moved here.
There is much more to explore about Malaysia. Mt Kinabalu in Sabah- Orangutangs in Sepilok – Kuala Lumpur – why Borneo is a wonderful place to live and much more…
Click on The picture…(Upper Left) Catarina and Stefan Work With Us!
and read more if you wonder how it is possible for us to stay in Malaysia.
We love Living In Malaysia.