Haha, it is not a typo on my part, but a recollection of that memorable cartoon character which appeared decades ago in the Asia Magazine. Oh by the way, the latter came as a free supplement with the Sunday Times (or was it only once a fortnight?).
Sun Tan was almost always found resting under a coconut palm, concocting his favourite cynical ideas and satirical comments about things around him, and in some instances about himself. A sort of “ownself talk ownself answer” situation, with a fair dose of dry humour thrown in.
Am not sure about his nationality – I thought his headgear looked Burmese. But that is a trivial secondary. What I miss is Sun Tan’s notions as he rubbed it in on the twists and turns of life, while he “lepak” under his favourite shade.
*lepak = Malay term for “loitering” or lazing around