GEORGE TOWN, Feb 22 ― A local caricature artist, Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin, will attempt to draw caricatures for 24 consecutive hours in in a bid to enter the Malaysia Book of Records.

The Penang artist hopes to be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for “the most number of live caricature drawings in 24 hours attempt.”

“A lot of people think of caricature artists as roadside artists so I want to do this to bring up the level of caricature art to national level through this event,” Mohd Azmi said when announcing the event.

The 33-year-old artist, who uses the initials ME in his art, will attempt the feat starting from 9am on March 18 until 9.40am on March 19.

“Malaysia Book of Records fixed the condition that I must draw at least 250 caricatures to be listed so that will be my target number of caricatures for that day,” he said.

This meant he will take between three to five minutes to complete each caricature.

The feat will also be a fund-raising event in aid of Persatuan Tongkat Putih Pulau Pinang, Cancer Society of Malaysia and Kidney Foundation of Malaysia.

The public may approach Mohd Azmi to have their caricatures drawn free of charge, but they are encouraged to contribute to a donation box that will be placed on the site.

This will be the full-time artist's first such attempt.

The longest he has done caricature drawings were 12 hours for an event.

Penang executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow, who was also at the press conference, called on the public to support the event by having their caricatures drawn on that day.

The artist will set up his tent right outside the Masjid Kapitan Keling, next to the Nasi Beratur stall in George Town, for the 24-hour event.

All caricatures drawn will be gathered and displayed for the Malaysia Book of Records before it is sent to those who posed for it.