“I do not believe that the Home Ministry had acted rightly” in banning Hew’s comic book, says Lim Kit Siang

DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang is shocked that Hew Kuan Yau`s comic book titled a “Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism “ was banned yesterday by the Home Ministry under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

“ I do not agree with all of Hew’s thoughts and ideas, and I have not read his comic book when the controversy blew up but Hew is neither a communist nor a communist sympathiser.

“I do not believe that the Home Ministry had acted rightly in leveling the charges that Hew’s comic book was promoting communism and sympathy for the communist struggle.

“I call on the Home Ministry officials to review the ban as the Pakatan Harapan Government had come into power on the promise to usher in an era of greater openness without undermining national security.

“In fact, in Promise No. 27, the Pakatan Harapan had specifically made the pledge in the 14th General Election to repeal oppressive laws like the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984,” Lim wrote in his blog today.

Home Ministry has banned the Belt & Road Initiative For Win-Winism comic book, saying that the publication was found to have content that may “endanger public order and security” and  “distort the mind of the public”.

“The content of this publication promotes the ideology of communism and socialism, the spread of false and confusing facts on communists, and invokes support and sympathy towards the communism cause.

“It could also raise doubts among readers, especially the younger generation towards the history of Malaysia, which proceeds to question the efforts of former leaders who fought for the country’s independence.“

“The content of this publication is deemed to be insensitive towards Malaysians of multiracial and multireligious backgrounds, and it is a worry that it could disrupt the harmony and unity of the people in this country,” said the Home Ministry in a statement yesterday.

 

Graduate with a Master of Mass Communication. 10 years working experience in the media and broadcasting.

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