Book banned but Ultraman can power on

PUTRAJAYA - While the Ultraman The Ultra Power book is banned, the character itself was not, the Home Ministry said in a statement.

It said the reason behind the ban was that the Ultraman King character inside the book had been referred to as "Allah".

The statement said referring to the fictional character as "Allah" could confuse Muslims, especially children.

"Children look up to Ultraman as their idol and referring to the Ultraman King character as Allah could confuse them.

"Allah" is also a sensitive word and to the Muslims, any misuse of it could be regarded as a provocation," the statement said.

The ministry had on Thursday announced the ban saying the book was found to contain elements that may be detrimental to public order.

The prohibition gazette, effective Feb 18, was made under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

According to an official, the offending line reads as: Beliau dianggap sebagai, dan dihormati sebagai, 'Allah' atau Elder semua wira Ultra (He is regarded as and respected as "Allah" or Elder of all the Ultra heroes).

The book in the Malay language was published by Resign Publications and printed by Network Printers.

In another statement, the ministry revealed that Resign Publications did not have any publication permit while the printing company Network Printers did not have a printing permit.

"It was also found that Resign Publications had used a fake address, as follows: 78, Jalan Brunei Utara, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur," the ministry said.