PONTIAN: Minister Dr Maszlee Malik says that the action taken by the Education Ministry in not approving the distribution of the comic book titled “Belt and Road Initiative for Win Winism” to educational institutions including schools, was based on law.

“We acted on the advice of the Home Ministry,” he said.

He explained that such printed matter comes under the purview of the ministry, in accordance with relevant legislation.

“The step taken was based on the rule of law.”, Maszlee added when asked by the reporters after launching the “Jom Sekolah 2020” program organized by Yayasan Harapan Pontian at SMK Teluk Kerang here on Sunday (Oct 20).

He also commented on the opposition voiced on Saturday (Oct 19) by 43 grassroots leaders including several DAP state assemblymen, in reference to the distribution ban.

The Education Ministry issued a statement on Oct 17, stressing that it had not approved the distribution of the publication. Meanwhile, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his Facebook post earlier, had claimed that a museum funded by the Penang government was spreading propaganda in secondary schools through the comic book.

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