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Childhood and education[ edit ] Lat grew up in a kampung, where wooden houses are built on stilts and surrounded by countryside.
His father was a government clerk with the Malaysian Armed Forcesand his mother a housewife.
His friends shortened it to "Lat"; it became the name by which he was more commonly known in his kampung and later in the world. He was told there was no vacancy, but the paper's editor, Abdul Samad Ismailoffered him the post of a crime reporter.
I had to earn money to help support the family. Samad, believing Lat had a bright future with the press, furiously rejected the letter.
He was surprised to be told that Lat was already working within his organisation. He became the paper's column cartoonist, taking up a position created for him by Samad, now deputy editor of the New Straits Times.
Returning to Malaysia full of fascination with his experience, Lat transformed Scenes of Malaysian Life into a series of editorial cartoons. His approach proved popular, and at the end of he was appointed full-time cartoonist with total freedom in his work.
Bytwo collections of his works Lots of Lat and Lat's Lot had been compiled and sold to the public. Although Malaysians knew of Lat through Scenes of Malaysian Life, it was his next work that propelled him into national consciousness and international recognition.
InTown Boy was published. It continued The Kampung Boy's story, telling of the protagonist's teenage life in an urban setting.
Two more compilations of Lat's editorial cartoons With a Little Bit of Lat and Lots More Lat were published and the number of people who recognised him continued to grow. He set up his own company, Kampung Boy Sendirian Berhad Village Boy private limitedto oversee the merchandising of his cartoon characters and publishing of his books.
In he produced a short animated feature, Mina Smiles, for Unesco ; the video, featuring a female lead, was for a literacy campaign.
The episode series received positive reviews for technical details and content. Lat had been commissioned to help create three animated vignettes based on The Kampung Boy to accompany the instruments of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aside from retreating slightly from the cartooning scene, he wanted to be close to his old kampung and let his children experience life in a small town or village;   he had married in and the couple have four children—two daughters and two sons.
Lat still draws with his usual pens and inks, avoiding the use of computers except to read his emails. During their one-month stay, they are encouraged to share ideas in an environment fostered to stimulate their creativity.
His portfolio is diverse; John A. Lent, a scholar of Asian cartoons, found it to difficult to classify the cartoonist into any particular field. Humorous stories of children at play also populated the series.
Lat's cartoon characters have always been ordinary people—a villager in his checkered sarong, a money-changer in his white dhoti, a Malay government servant in his bush jacket and sometimes even Lat himself: As an example, Muliyadi referred to a Keluarga Si Mamat strip published in Malaysia was facing a shortage of qualified physical education teachers then, and such duties were often placed on the shoulders of teachers of other faculties.
Lat illustrated an obese teacher who conducted a physical education session to his eventual collapse. Muliyadi suggested that the cartoon could be interpreted as a simple tease of the teacher's plight, a suggestion to examine the curriculum taught change physical education to an informal sessiona remark on the shortage of teachers, or more extremely, a criticism of the government's failure to prevent the situation from happening.
He drew Mat Som, a story of a kampung boy who moved to the city to work as a writer and courted a pretty city girl. Far Eastern Economic Review journalist Suhaini Aznam remarked that Lat's strength was his ability to portray the plight of the common man in a satiric light without any form of bias.
The cartoonist believes he inherited the talent and interest from his father, who doodled as a hobby and was notorious for his sense of humour as the "village jester".
The early influences on his art style were from the West. He studied them and used their styles and themes in his early doodles. Heeding the advice, the young cartoonist intimated himself with local happenings. As he was taking breaks from investigating the dead victims of crime brought to the morgue, Lat chanced upon the circumcisions performed by the hospital on ethnic Malay boys.
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