PETALING JAYA: Ultraman has been around for 48 years. The original Japanese television series was actually a follow-up to the television series Ultra Q which was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects.
Although the first Ultraman series only lasted 39 episodes, it created a huge fanbase across the world resulting in several sequels, spin-offs, remakes and adaptations.
Sometimes referred to as the Original Ultraman, his duty was to defend Earth from sinister aliens and monsters.
In Ultraman’s universe, the only Earth organisation that was equipped to handle alien/monster attacks is the Science Special Search Party (SSSP), a special police force equipped with high-tech weapons and facilities. The organisation is also referred to as the Science Patrol or the United Nations Scientific Investigation Agency.
The Home Ministry on Thursday issued a ban on the publication of Ultraman The Ultra Power, which was said to contain elements that threatened public order.
A photo circulated on Facebook allegedly shows an extract of the publication, which contains a reference to Ultraman compared to “Allah or all the Elders of Ultra heroes.”
According to the statement by the Ministry, the prohibition gazette was effective from Feb 18 following Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
“It is an offence under subsection 2 of Section 8 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for any person to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, distribute or possess the prohibited publication for any purpose,” the statement said.
The statement added that those convicted of such an offence shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or both.