...Lat characters portray the colorful lives and unique blend of Malaysian multi-racial society.


LAT (Mohamed Nor Khalid) is one of the most-read  cartoonists in Southeast Asia, and with the continued, widespread reprinting and translating of his cartoons, he is gaining worldwide fame.

His annual compilations of his strips into books have been extremely successful with one, Kampung Boy, selling more than 100,000 copies. The first print of  60,000 over copies sold out within four months and it had to be reprinted. For a country like Malaysia, that response is a big amount. His comics have a very wide range for an audience including  children, intellectuals, and politicians who are fans





11 August 2007 : Cartoonist Datuk Mohamad Nor Khalid, better known simply as Lat, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Anthropology and Sociology by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on Saturday 11 August 2007.  More about Mohamad Nor Khalid the cartoonist....

LAT :  "Suddenly I became famous in the late 70’s because of my Scenes of Malaysian Life cartoons in the New Straits Times English daily........................The first embassy to send me an invitation was none other than the USA......under the International Visitors’ Program....early 1977....I zig-zagged across the continent...Elvis was alive..............The locals thought I was a Hopi..........."

Read full  CAMPBELL INTERVIEWS LAT: Part 2 at  http://firstsecondbooks.typepad.com

"Lat epitomizes all we believe in to create a Malaysian identity...The Lat characters portray the colorful lives and unique blend of our multi-racial society...  Everyone reads Lat, everyone can fly on AirAsia.”
Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Sdn Bhd

A chubby man with unruly hair and dressed in a sarong greets visitors to his traditional Malay house on stilts. With its doors and windows flung wide open to welcome both the breeze and guests, the house looks cool and inviting

This is the house of kampong boy Mamat, a cartoon character created by Dato Haji Mohammad Nor bin Khalid, famously known as Lat...

Flat-headed, fritzy-haired and chubby,  Lat has a similar mop of untidy hair and black-rimmed glasses, it is easy to imagine him in a sarong, sitting on the porch of the house on stilts, fanning himself with a coconut leaf and waiting for visitors....


Lat published his first comic book, Tiga Sekawan (Three Friends) in 1964 when he was in his Primary 6. By 1968 he was publishing comic strips in local newspapers such as Berita Minggu, Pemimpin, and Dewan Pelajar. ..


Lat went to an English school in Ipoh in 1962, where his teacher Moira Hew supported his drawing skills.

Mrs. Hew was later immortalized as a  best loved characters in Lats cartoons, the lady with the butterfly-rim glasses...

When friends in school told me “we saw your drawings in a magazine and knew it was you” then I realized I had something, because I did not even have a signature. I was 15 or 16 years old and, at that age, you don't think about money, you don't think about style ... you just want to draw what you feel like. So when my friends told me that, it made me think...



Air Asia Boeing 737 with livery of Lat's cartoons.

"Lat epitomizes all we believe in to create a Malaysian identity...The Lat characters portray the colorful lives and unique blend of our multi-racial society...  Everyone reads Lat, everyone can fly on AirAsia.”
– Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Sdn Bhd

Malaysian comics creator Lat makes his American debut with this down-to-earth account of childhood in a Southeast Asian kampung (village). His black-and-white text resembles a chronological sketchbook, with stilt-houses and jungle plants inked on each page, and handwritten text explaining events and customs.

Readers enjoy the protagonist's casual chronicle of rites of passage such as a hair-shaving ceremony ("adat cukur kepala"), lessons in the Koran at age six, the Bersunat (circumcision) ceremony at age 10, and a trip to the movies circa 1960. From the window of his house, he sees a rubber plantation and hears the "distant roaring sound... of a tin dredge." Later, Constable Mat Saman, a Barney Fife–like zealot toting an automatic rifle, chases villagers who pan the river for saleable tin scraps. Lat's adults have narrow chests and slouch pelvis-first, while mischievous children canoe, dive and fish in the river. This first in a projected series ends on a to-be-continued note, with the narrator leaving for boarding school and already homesick for the kampung. Lat's loose, laid-back stories of Muslim family life and school should appeal to Marjane Satrapi fans; with humor and affection, Lat makes the exotic kampung feel familiar. All ages.

Grade 4 Up–Kampung Boy is a pleasure to read. It follows the early life of a Muslim boy growing up in a tiny town in Malaysia during the 1950s. Incidents are well chosen and illuminating, including the rituals surrounding birth, the solidity and pride of family, the joy of skinny-dipping, and the fanfare of a traditional circumcision ceremony. All are handled tastefully and with nostalgic reverence. Illustrations are simple, yet emotionally expressive and charming. As engaging as any travelogue, the book uses universal themes to connect readers to a time and place that may very well no longer exist, but sincere reflection and honest details will draw them into this other world and win their hearts.

 "I was born in a kampung in the heart of the world's largest tin-mining district—the Kinta Valley in Perak.."

 says Lat

Lat's began his cartonist career at 13 years old when his cartoons were published in Majallah Filem and Movie News. While in SMK (secondary school) his first comics 'Tiga Sekawan' and 'Keluarga Si Mamat' appeared every week Berita Minggu news paper.

In 1974 he became editorial cartoonist of the New Straits Times

He left the daily a decade later to become a freelance. Over the years, Lat did all types of cartooning: political, social, and gag cartoons; comic strips, commercials, and animation.

Lat's famous comic book is 'Kampung Boy'. His many achievements were crowned with the awarding of the very prestigious Malaysian honorific "datuk" in 1994.

Malaysia's favourite cartoonist Lat (Dato' Mohd Nor bin Khalid) is a household name in Malaysia. His cartoons have been appearing in  local papers from as far back as the 1960's, first in Berita Minggu and then in The New Straits Times.

With countless comic books and the successful cartoon series "Kampung Boy" , Lat is one of the most prolific artists in Southeast Asia.

In 1998, Lat even undertook a two-month research on race relations across the United States when he was awarded the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship. Lat was selected as the 25th Malaysian to take part in the Fellowship under its Multi-Nation Programme aimed at fostering international understanding, peace and productivity through the exchange of information.

   Some collections of  LAT’s cartoons :

  1. The Kampung Boy
  2. Budak Kampung
  3. Entahlah Mak …
  4. It’s A Lat Lat Lat Lat World
  5. Kampung Boy: Yesterday and Today
  6. Keluarga Si Mamat
  7. Last as Usual
  8. Lat at Large
  9. Lat’s Lot
  10. Lots More Lat
  11. Town Boy
  12. With a Little Bit of Lat
  13. Be Serious Lat
  14. Better Lat Than Never
  15. Dr. Who?
  16. Lat and Gang
  17. Lat and His Lot Again
  18. Lat Gets Lost
  19. Lat was Here
  20. Lat with a Punch
  21. Mat Som
  22. The Portable Lat

Lat is Mohammad Nor Khalid. 

Born  on  5 March 1951 in the village Kota Baru in Perak  with wonderful talent for drawing. At  age 9, his gifted talent in drawing comics began to yield his family income. His first real book was Tiga Sekawan, a story about 3 friends who banded together to catch robbers. The book was published in his sixth year at Jalan Pasir Puteh Primary School in Ipoh and received 25 Ringgit for his service......

...His latest book is Dr Who?!  dedicated to Mahathir bin Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia.


In real life Lat is Malaysian cartoonist Mohammad Nor bin Khalid who lives in his home town of Ipoh with his wife and four children.

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