Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned an Ultraman comic book because it uses the word "Allah" to describe the Japanese action hero.
The Home Ministry says the Malay-edition of "Ultraman, The Ultra Power" contains elements that can undermine public security and societal morals.
It says Ultraman is an idol for many Muslim children and equating the lead character, Ultraman King, with Allah will confuse them and shake their faith. It warns such irresponsible use of the word Allah can provoke Muslims and threaten public safety.
It said Friday that other Ultraman comic books were unaffected and that only this edition is banned.
The government says Allah, which is the Arabic word for God, is exclusive for Malay Muslims, who account for about 60 percent of Malaysia's 30 million people.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.