KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has yet to decide whether to ban the controversial 'Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Win Winism' comic book.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman said currently the ban was only imposed at the Education Ministry level.
“I have yet to be given details whether the comic book will be banned or not,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.
It is also learnt that the police were taking statements from relevant parties before taking the next course of action.
The comic book was a collaboration between Asian Comic Cultural Museum curator Hew Kuan Yau, also known as Superman Hew, and local artist Chong Po Ling, also known as Tomato.
Last week, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik announced the ban of the comic book in schools.
The ban followed criticism made by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who questioned the distribution of the comic book which allegedly spread the political ideology of DAP and threatened the Malays.
The comic book which is also available in Bahasa Melayu was reportedly sent to libraries in secondary national and vernacular schools for free.
On Oct 17, Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow denied claims that it was behind the distribution of comic books carrying DAP propaganda in schools.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also lashed out at former DAP member Hew, for allegedly calling Malays who sympathise with the plight of the Uyghurs of China as "radical”.
Hew quit DAP in July 2016 after his Facebook post, claiming that South China Sea “belongs to Beijing” caused a stir.
The Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC) chairman denied claims that the comic book was spreading propaganda but insisted it would help students understand the BRI better.