Robert the Otter is the most political animal in S'pore

Otter + Politics = Singaporeans' two favourite pastimes

Belmont Lay| July 06, 04:02 PM

There is no shortage of artistic talent in Singapore.

SemiSerious has been lampooning current affairs in Singapore since August 2016 with its minimalist single-panel cartoons.

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has made international waves and praised by reviewers, becoming more than just a cult hit.

And if you look back far enough, there is Morgan Chua, who drew plenty of political cartoons about Lee Kuan Yew.

Now entering the scene is Robert the Otter, a recognisably Singaporean otter that is also a nod to the thriving otter families that have made a return to Singapore's ecosystem and into Singaporeans' hearts.

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Robert the Otter's first few posts appeared on June 12, 2017. This was less than a week after the father otter of the Marina otter family died and two days before the 38 Oxley Road Lee family feud exploded out into the open.

Since then, behind its cutesy facade, it has proven to be a politically-aware animal.

Its about us page describes it as:

Just an ordinary Singaporean otter working hard to support my family — and my teh and kopi.

However, since having started, Robert the Otter has inserted itself into the kopitiam chatter about the NS50 hullabaloo over giving servicemen free public transport rides in uniform, and of course, the Lee family feud and the attendant proceedings.

Here's a look at the comics so far:

June 12, 2017

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June 17, 2017

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July 4, 2017

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July 6, 2017

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Looks promising.

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