The Home Ministry has issued a directive banning the publication of the ‘Ultraman The Ultra Power’ comic book.
We don’t know what our favourite superhero from outer space has done, but apparently the comic book contains elements that can threaten public order.
The directive was enforced according to the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, which states that it is an offence to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, issue, circulate, offer for sale, distribute or have in his possession for such purpose any prohibited publication.
The Malay language comic book was published by Resign Publications, and printed by Network Printers.
*Update: According to the Home Ministry, the ban was imposed because the comic book had referred to Ultraman as “Allah”. It said in a statement,”Children look up to Ultraman as their idol and referring to the Ultraman King character as “Allah” could confuse them… “Allah” is also a sensitive word and to the Muslims, any misuse of it could be regarded as a provocation.”