Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has chosen to remain tight-lipped over the foreword that he penned in the controversial and now banned pro-China comic book, “Belt & Road Initiative for Win-Winism”.
Speaking to the press for the first time since the controversy erupted, Lim claimed he did not want to say anything to allow Hew Kuan Yau and the comic book 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 told reporters at Parliament on Wednesday (Oct 30).
When asked to confirm if he indeed wrote the foreword for the comic book, Lim retorted “Don’t you know how to read? It’s all there, we’re not denying it.”
The comic book was produced by Hew, a former DAP member and the curator of Asian Comic Cultural Museum, in collaboration with local artist Chong Po Ling.
The book supports the Belt and Road Initiative (or the New Silk Road), talking about the vision behind the initiative and its benefits as narrated by two cat characters, Aisha and Komie.
It also ridicules former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the RM2.6bil found in his personal bank account.
It was reportedly distributed to the libraries of some schools without the knowledge of the authorities, sparking controversy for bringing politics into the classroom.
The foreword was written by Lim, who signed off as Finance Minister and DAP secretary-general.