It was reported by the Malaysian Digest that the creators of the ‘Najib schoolbook’, which featured Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak face are unhappy with Parti Keadilan Rakyak (PKR) as they have used the book to gain political mileage.
The report said that the creators of the book June Low, 27, and her friend, graphic artist Adila Abdul Malik, 25, are behind a raft of merchandises bearing designs which offer a tongue-in-cheek look at Malaysia, and the book was part of their creation for a Malaysia-themed artwork and merchandise event known as the Art for Grabs, at the Annexe Gallery at Central Market on September 22. The theme of the event was ‘Janji Ditutupi’, a play on the government’s recent Merdeka Day theme, Janji Ditepati.
June was also reported as saying that their intention of creating the artwork was to amuse and share a laugh with others, and that those who came to the event were aware of what they did, which was to indulge in a bit of light-hearted humour.
It was understood that June was surprised that the photo of the book cover she uploaded over Twitter was used by pro-Opposition website Keadilan Daily (keadilandaily.com), who not only created a news article, but claimed the books are now being distributed in schools.
She further claimed that the newspaper further failed to respond to her queries via twitter and that, action was only taken when she contacted both PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar and PKR’s Batu MP Tian Chua.
The Malaysian Digest also reported that the article regarding the book was removed from the Keadilan Daily’s website on Wednesday without any apologies or retraction being made.
June further said that she wants the website to issue a an apology to not only them, but the public for publishing lies.
Meanwhile, Bar Council constitutional law committee chairman, Syahredzan Johan, who had attended the event at Central Market, said it was an example of “unethical journalism.”