KUALA LUMPUR – The government is not ready to promote the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at schools, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister said, although he supports the idea, he does not want Malaysia to be influenced by another country, especially in the educational system. He also said that it is not right to promote the initiative without telling the people how the idea and policy from China could benefit the country as a whole.
“At this moment, we do not want to promote the idea and policy of China, but we would like to see how it benefits us.
“However, we do not want to be seen as being influenced by the western countries in our national strategies and schools. We don’t want our younger generation to be influenced,” he said after launching the ISIS PRAXIS Conference 2019: Malaysia Beyond 2020 when asked to comment about the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Win Winism comic.
Last Saturday, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Dr Mahathir was not involved in publishing the comic nor was he aware of its content.
The comic was published in April 2019 by the Asia Comics and Cultural Museum in Komtar, Penang. It was the collective collaboration between the curator of the museum, Dr Hew Kuan Yau and local artist, Ching Po Ling.
The Ministry of Education was also reported that it has never granted any approval for the comic’s distribution to the educational institutions, including schools.
Nevertheless, a total of 43 grassroot leaders, including several DAP State Assemblymen made a protest on Dr Maszlee Malik’s announcement in banning the distribution of the comics in schools. -MalaysiaGazette