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Home ministry bans graphic novel ‘When I Was A Kid 3’

The government banned the sale of ‘When I Was A Kid 3’ following protests by a group of Indonesians about the author’s portrayal of a maid. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The home ministry has banned graphic novel “When I Was A Kid 3”, following protests by an Indonesian non-governmental organisation.

The ministry said the book contained material that is “likely to be prejudicial to morality” and ordered its sale to cease under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

The ban came into force on Sept 15.

‘When I Was A Kid 3’ by Malaysian author Cheeming Boey.

However, in June, dozens of Indonesians, led by NGO Corong Rakyat, protested outside the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta against the book because they claimed it contained a page in which an Indonesian maid working in Malaysia was unfairly criticised.

Corong Rakyat demanded the book be taken down from bookshelves. It also urged the authorities to investigate the motive behind the story and accompanying illustrations.