About 30 years ago, I was a student staying in a Brunei Government hostel in Singapore. One day we read that the famous Lat was going to come to Singapore to launch his new book at the Kinokuniya Bookshop, then at Plaza Singapura. Lat was famous for his books and his cartoons depicting happenings in Malaysia was hillarious. He even did a special series about his visit to Brunei which I posted in March 2007.
When we went to the bookshop, it was crowded. There were a lot of Lat fans. We bought our books and we asked him to sign them. It was a thrill meeting him in real life.
Yesterday, I was at Countrypatch Cafe in Kiulap. There were a lot of people there. But this time it was not for Lat - it is for Cuboiart! Cuboiart, our very own Brunei locally born and bred cartoonist, and equally talented. Cuboiart gave me the honour of writing the foreword for his book and I was very glad to do it for him. I don't think there is any other cartoonist that come close to what Cuboiart has done here in Brunei.
Cuboiart yesterday finally launched his 4th book titled "Irresistibly Us". The title was apt - the collection of cartoons showed what you can termed as 'keolahan kitani di Brunei'. His satirical comments on Bruneians through his cartoons is out of this world. This latest collection of cartoons published in the Borneo Bulletin is much better than the ones he did previously. His social comments are getting sharper.
Anyway, I don't want to spoil your reading pleasure. Go out to the bookshops and get his book for one piece of that red paper that you have in your wallet. Oh yes, if you buy the book early, you get a free wall planner complete with Cuboiart's original design!