Johor DAP man calls on party to cut off ACCM funding over comic

Johor DAP committee member Mahdzir Ibrahim has now escalated his demands for the party to distance itself from the controversial “Belt and Road Initiative for Win Winism” comic by calling for the party to reconsider any form of assistance provided to the Asia Comic Cultural Museum (ACCM), which published it.

 

“I strongly suggest that the Penang state government and DAP Central Executive Committee reconsider any form of assistance provided to the ACCM,” said Mahdzir (photo) in a statement today.

He said the move was necessary as the party had never given any mandate to ex-DAP member Hew Kuan Yau, who is ACCM curator, to publish the comic.

“Therefore, there is a need for severe action to be taken against the museum by revoking any assistance that it currently receives, be it in the form of rental subsidy and its operating permit, said Mahdzir, a known DAP Malay leader at the local level who does not hold any position in the state government.

Penang Gerakan chairperson Oh Tong Keong also called on the party to review its funding of the ACCM.

Oh cited other privately-owned museums in Penang, such as Glass Museum, Camera Museum, Ghost Museum, Art Museum, Gold Museum, Upside Down Museum, Chinese Cultural Museum, etc have sprung up.

“Is the Penang PH state government or DAP willing to pay rental for these more than 30 museums? They are also promoting tourism. Should the state government also give them the same treatment as Hew Kuan Yau and the Asian Comic Cultural Museum?” he asked.

Yesterday, Mahdzir had already spoken out against the distribution of the "Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Win Winism" comic in schools, urging the party to similarly take a strong stand against further links to such negative elements.

He said the party was already linked to the controversial comic and the public's perception was strengthened by a show of support from 43 grassroots members for its author Hew Kuan Yau.

Today, he repeated his call for the central committee to come up with a clear and firm stand on this matter.

Citing the current uncertain political atmosphere, Mahdzir said that as a coalition partner in Pakatan Harapan, DAP must remain steadfast in ensuring the national agenda remains the priority.

“Failing to do so will not only tarnish DAP and Pakatan Harapan’s image, it will also send out a wrong message regarding our stand on national unity. DAP is duty-bound to empower and help Pakatan Harapan’s cause, not these group of individuals as it will lead to our downfall,” he said.


Source: http://bit.do/fdEbY

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