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Malaysian government bans Ultraman comic

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Malaysia’s Home Ministry has banned the release of Ultraman the Ultra Power, claiming the comic book contains elements detrimental to public order.

While it’s unclear what specific content in the Maylay edition alarmed the ministry, The Malay Mail reports the decision has been met with widespread mockery online. One government official even questioned the move, with Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeting, “What is wrong with UItraman?”

In a subsequent story, the website indicates the use of the word “Allah” to describe Ultraman could be the problem: A Twitter user uploaded what appears to be a page from the comic that includes the passage “He is considered, and respected as, ‘Allah’ or the Elder to all Ultra heroes.”

The Japanese superhero debuted in 1966 in a short-lived but popular live-action television show that spawned numerous related series, movies, video games and comic books. Ultraman was licensed in other countries, including Malaysia, where localized versions of the TV show and comics were released.

Under the country’s Printing Presses and Publications Act of 1984, anyone who prints, imports, distributes or even possesses a banned book could face up to three years in jail, a fine of about $6,100 U.S., or both.

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The malcontents can bleat all they want, I am SO happy to be living in the U.S.

If the problem is in the script, why not just change/censor it to their liking like they do in American and Europe instead of banning the whole thing?

@dekko – I was thinking the same thing as I read the article. No matter what people try to say, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

I’m disliking this book banning thing. Sound Fahrenheit 451 to me.

There are no books more dangerous to the public than those of religion

This is just ridiculous!

So is it an original comic or a translated manga? If it’s a translation, the translator screwed up knowing there could be problems with Ultraman being considered as / confused with Allah. If it’s an original comic the writer screwed up even worse. It could also show the poverty of their language (probably encouraged by Islam and/or their government) if it can’t allow for other gods than Allah or a simple figure of speech that’s not supposed to be religious in any way (at least, I don’t think so, I’m not a fan of Ultraman :p). I also see a lack of flexibility (not uncommon in governments all over the world but particularly in countries with a Muslim majority) in that they could have simply asked for a change in the translation/script but they went ahead banned the whole thing outright.

Just BAN the word Allah, period. Everywhere. All over the world. Problem solved!!!

Just edit the book. No need to ban the whole series.

Welcome to the theocracy! Your thoughts, will and freedom will be subjected to God’s righteous word! Praise allah, or jehovah, or whatever other fairy tale is used to subject the masses.

Another one of the ridiculous laws in Malaysia, still thinking always Muslim using Allah while non-Muslim. I smell some conspiracy is going on . If they are banned the comic edition Ultraman , are they going to ban the TV shows too because, Ultraman TV shows has been in the Malaysian broadcast from some time, and the book is literary based on the TV show.

No wonder Malaysian comic industry going no where. But then again, it is just merely my opinion.

They might as well ban the following shows. Power Rangers because of Morphin, Sesame Street because Elmo is satanic and powerpuff girls

http://johnislam.blogspot.sg/2014/03/lam-on-what-other-kids-show-malaysia.html?m=1

tiredofhumanity

May 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

For one all of u should try /attempt getting a life..
To Malaysia….Ultra Man was my childhood hero.
After that humanity needs to just die off. So a diff.t species can actually evolve.

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