GEORGE TOWN: The confiscation of the "Belt and Road Initiative For Win-Winism" comic book should be left to the Home Ministry without any political intervention, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
"It's just a small issue and there is no need make a big fuss out of it and start blaming each other.
"There are more important matters to look into," he told reporters on Saturday (Oct 26).
Anwar said he had recently met up with leaders of political parties like DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke and Bersatu Youth (Armada) chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu to discussed several matters.
However, he did not say if the topic of the comic book was raised.
On Thursday, a team from the Home Ministry raided the Asia Comic Cultural Museum and the North East District education office and seized copies of the comic book, said to be promoting communism and socialism, as well as disseminating inaccurate and confusing information.
The books were taken to the Penang Home Ministry office for further action under Section 8(2) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
In the wake of the ban on comic book, the opposition want authorities to investigate whether there was any link to the DAP.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob alleged that there were several DAP leaders linked to it, with one writing the foreword of the book and another having a photograph taken on accepting the book.
Earlier, Anwar who spoke at the Asia Innovatif+ Summit & Awards at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre, stressed that poverty in the country remained a serious problem.
He said as digitalisation and artificial intelligence might one day take over jobs, society should remain humanised and instil values such as justice, ethics and transparent governance.
The two-day event on Oct 26 and 27 themed "Leading the Business of Tomorrow, Today" aims to connect the next generation of family business leaders with innovative solutions from start-ups, corporations, goverment agencies and financial platforms.
Also present were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Penang domestic and international trade committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussai
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