PENANG – The curator of the Asia Comics and Cultural Museum, Hew Kuan Yau, who produced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Win Winism denied that the comic glorifies DAP and spreads Communist propaganda.
After creating controversies for distributing the complimentary comics to secondary schools, Kuan Yau, who is also fondly known as ‘Superman’ said, the publication in Malay, Mandarin and English is a proper publication which has been registered with ISBN (International Standard Book Number) from the National Library.
He said, it is also an appropriate reading material and there should be no problem to distribute them to secondary schools.
He further emphasized that the comic also included information on its publisher, unlike the books published by UMNO where the names of its authors and printers are usually concealed from the public.
When contacted by China Press, Kuan Yau said that the English and Mandarin edition were printed 5,000 and 10,000 copies each in April while 3,000 copies were printed in Malay language.
“The museum plan to deliver 2,500 copies of the Malay language version to school libraries so that the students can read them,” he said.
According to him, the comic was also presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to the President of China, Xi Jinping before the Belt and Road Summit in China.
“The Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian had briefed Jinping about the comic at that time,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education said that it has never issued an approval for the distribution of the controversial comic to any educational institutions, including the schools.
The State Education Departments were directed to ensure that none of the schools receive the distribution of the comic from any suppliers or person. -MalaysiaGazette