Malaysian cartoonist Petai passed away

Heidi Hsia
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5 Feb –Malaysian cartoonist Roslan Kassim - known to many by the name Petai - has recently passed away.

The news was shared by Malaysia Cartoon & Comic House (MCCH) on its official Facebook page on 4 February, which read, "We just received news that our brother Cartoonist Petai or real name Roslan Kassim, 49 years (October 30, 1971 - February 4, 2021) breathed his last at the Serdang hospital around 8:14 this morning. He was hospitalised last night due to shortness of breath (asthma)."

"Together we present the recitation of Al-Fatihah and pray to Allah for his peace," it added.

Fans and friends also took to social media to express their sadness over the news, including his fellow colleague, Ubi, who posted, "I am still shocked by this news. I hope that the family is doing well. Let's pray for the best for him."

Petai with colleague Ubi
Petai with colleague Ubi

Petai was one of the resident cartoonist for the popular Malaysian comic magazine, "Ujang" - and was most known for the character of Dukun Petai and Pendekar Gunung Terkelendat. Aside from "Ujang", he had also published his cartoons on other comic magazines including "Gelihati", "Gila-Gila" and "Apo?"

He had also previously released his own collection of cartoons called "Petai Palooza".

He was 49.

Among Petai's many works
Among Petai's many works

(Photo Source: Rumah Kartun & Komik Malaysia-MCCH Facebook)