Manga is a popular medium among the Japanese. Unlike American cartoons, manga has a tradition of dealing with social and political issues as well. I have no idea how often Singapore-related issues make it into manga but I doubt if our government is as thrilled as Alan Shadrake about this one, after the break:
Here’s a translation from a friend of a friend:
5 June 2011
Strict laws in Singapore (Title)
(Introduction before the cartoon)
On May 27th, Singapore’s appeal court dismissed the appeal by Mr Alan Shadrake, British author who was indicted for contempt of court due to his criticisms of the country’s death penalty system in his publication.
The cartoon should be read from right to left, top to bottom, starting from the top right hand corner and ending at the bottom left corner.
This is it…
What are you doing?
I am checking the location of Singapore.
Because Mr Alan Shadrake, the British author who criticised the death penalty system was found to be in contempt of court and sentenced to be imprisoned on May 27th.
The British author, Mr Alan Shadrake published a book of interviews with an ex-executioner.
Thereafter in July 2007, he was arrested during his visit in Singapore.
Click through to next page on the left arrow — cartoon not included here.
After 4 months in November, he was convicted and sentenced to six months of imprisonment and a fine of S$20,000.
But Mr Shadrake (76) appealed the case by counter-arguing that it was not meant to throw dirt at the Singapore judicial system.
However, the appeal was declined on May 27th 2011 and he was ordered to be imprisonment.
The chief judge found it was the most serious scandalizing of the judiciary in the history of Singapore’s courts.
Wow… Singapore… I recall you will be arrested for chewing gums.
Import of chewing gums is prohibited.
You will be also arrested if you stumble drunkenly down the streets after drinks.
If you are drunk in a public place and cannot look after yourself, it is subject to criminal punishment. First-time offenders can be fined below S$1000 or imprisoned up to one month.
Japanese people must take note of this.
Laws are very strict in Singapore.
Different countries with different laws exist in this world.