Guan Eng admits writing forward note for controversial comic book

Speaking to the press for the first time since controversy erupted over the book, deemed pro-communist, Lim claimed he did not want to say anything to allow Hew Kuan Yau and the book’s authors to pursue legal action. Source (pic): TTF

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng admitted to writing the foreword note for the controversial comic book “Belt & Road Initiative for Win-Winism.”

A news report described him as being somewhat agitated when asked by reporters if he had penned the forward note.

“Don’t you know how to read? It’s all there, we’re not denying it.”

Some insist that Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching had given the go-ahead to Hew and book publisher Asia Comics and Cultural Museum to distribute the comic book to Chinese type vernacular schools though Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik denies this.


PETALING JAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng admitted to writing the foreword note for the controversial comic book “Belt & Road Initiative for Win-Winism.”

Speaking to the press for the first time since controversy erupted over the book, Lim claimed he did not want to say anything to allow Hew Kuan Yau and the book’s authors to pursue legal action.




“I understand that there is a legal process that Hew wants to undertake and until then, I don’t want to comment so that this legal process can be followed and exhausted.

“I don’t want to give any appearance of interference or abuse of power, or have my comments be distorted, so let it be for now,” he reportedly told reporters at Parliament today.

A news report described Guan Eng as being somewhat agitated when asked by reporters if he had penned the forward note.

“Don’t you know how to read? It’s all there, we’re not denying it.”

Hew courted controversy following reports that that 2,500 copies of a controversial comic book on China’s Belt and Road Initiative had been distributed to Chinese-type primary and secondary schools.

It was thereafter revealed that Hew had co-produced the book with another artist who has since been identified as Chong Po Ling.

Published by the Asia Comics and Cultural Museum, the book has been branded ‘pro-DAP’ and is seen to be anti-Islam.

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Among those critical of Hew were PPBM Youth leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Education Minister Maszlee Malik, who barred further distribution of the book at schools.

Hew was also accused of racism for calling those who sympathised with the plight of the Uighur minority in China “extremists”.

Hew is no stranger to Islamophobia and spent years delivering hard hitting, racially-charged speeches targeting the Malay-Muslims at public events even while he was still with the DAP.

Meanwhile, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who issued a warning to PAS for asking that the DAP be banned, had nothing much to say about the content of the comic book which was clearly offensive to Muslims and pro-communist.

Some insist that Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching had given the go-ahead to Hew and book publisher Asia Comics and Cultural Museum to distribute the comic book to Chinese type vernacular schools though Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik denies this.

The book, which is political at best, is unfit for distribution in schools and seems to advance a pro-China communist ideology.

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