A DETAILED display of 88 comic illustrations on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is being featured at the Penang Asia Comic Cultural Museum in Komtar until Aug 31.
The exhibits are taken from the 161-page comic book titled, Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism that was published by the museum.
Penang Asia Comic Cultural Museum manager Raymond Chong said the exhibition is aimed at helping the public understand the BRI initiative by China and how it affected Malaysians and the nation.
“This is a very meaningful effort as the artist Chong Po Ling used a simple and lively way to paint and express the words and meanings in pictures for the public to understand,” he said during the book-cum-exhibition launch at Komtar recently.
“Other than the comic artwork display, the comic book is available for sale at RM25 for those who want to get their copy.
“We currently have 10,000 copies of the book printed in English and Mandarin, and we are looking at coming up with a Malay version soon,” he added.
Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism book author Dr Hew Kuan Yau said he believed the book would help Malaysians understand the BRI initiative better.
“We hope this comic book will open a window for greater appreciation of the BRI initiative and allow both countries to work closer with each other.”
Penang tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the comic art exhibition was a good way to understand the BRI initiative, by looking at it from the Malaysian perspective.
“Earlier this year, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad presented this book to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the eve of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
“We believe this is the first time a comic book is being gifted to bridge ties between countries.
“We hope those who read the book will be able to familiarise themselves with the initiative, and in the future, we also hope to further strengthen ties between Malaysia and China,” he added.
For more information on the Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism comic book or exhibition, visit the Penang Asia Comic Cultural Museum on level 2, ICT Mall, Komtar or call 04-3715516.
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