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Saturday August 11, 2007

It's Dr Lat now -- 'Kampung Boy' awarded doctorate

By LISA GOH

BANGI: The "Kampung Boy" is now Dr Lat. 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. "I've never heard of a cartoonist being awarded with an honourary doctorate before.

"It's a great honour for me," said the 56-year-old, who was among 671 graduates at the afternoon session of UKM's 35th Convocation here.

Dressed in a suit, robes and sporting a shorter hairdo, Lat shared his motto of "making an effort in whatever profession you choose."

"Whatever profession we are in, if we contribute to society and the nation, there is always some form of gratitude, whether in this form or others.

"But we don't really work for this (honourary doctorates)," said the soft-spoken man, who has been "doodling" for the last 40 years, even before he started school.

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