Taylor's University conferred its 10th honorary award to Dato Mohd Nor bin Khalid, more popularly known as Dato’ Lat, today.
Taylor's University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Michael Driscoll said that the Honorary Doctorate in Arts award was presented to Dato’ Lat in celebration of his enormous contribution to the development of the visual art genre in Malaysia.
"The impact that he has had among Malaysians can't be denied and the depth of his work is to be admired as he is able to shed insight into different cultural traditions via his black and white drawings. Dato’ Lat is, undoubtedly, a cultural icon of Malaysia and we hope his work will continue to impact Malaysians for years to come,” he said.
Dato’ Lat was gratified to receive the award from Taylor's University; the fourth such honour he has been accorded thus far.
"I'm glad that more Malaysian universities are realising the impact and importance of graphic and visual arts.
"Kampung Boy was a way for me to immortalise my childhood and share it with the world. I hope youth from across the country would try to do so too as it would be nice to learn more about the lifestyle of someone from Malacca or Sabah, for example," he said.
This is the second time that Taylor’s University has accorded an honorary award to a giant in the arts industry. Last year, Taylor's accorded an Honorary Doctorate in Arts award to Dato’ Faridah Merican for the significant work she has been doing to nurture interest in theatre in Malaysia.
Taylor’s University and The Actors Studio have since formed a partnership to establish Malaysia's first Performing Arts Conservatory Degree. The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) is part of Taylor’s commitment to further the reach of the arts sector in Malaysia.