Home Ministry: Ultraman The Ultra Power “[contains] elements detrimental to public order.”

The Malaysian Home Ministry has issued a ban for the Bahasa Malaysian edition of the manga Ultraman: The Ultra Power because it allegedly contains elements that are “detrimental to public order.”

In a statement, the ministry says that “[it] is an offense under Section 8 (2) of The Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for any person to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, distribute, offer to sell or have in his possession for any such purpose the banned publication.”

However, the said government agency did not specify which element of the manga triggered the ban.


Malaysia has some of the strictest censorship laws in the world, owing to the conservative Muslim culture its society still holds. Most foreign channels, for instance, have their broadcasts delayed there by a few minutes for the government’s censors to review their programs and “black out” any content it finds objectionable.

It is not known if there will be other titles that will suffer the same fate as the Ultraman manga.


At the moment, multiple Ultraman series are airing on two channels, like Ultraman Max, Ultraman Saga and Ultraman Mebius are airing on the satellite channel Astro Ceria, while Ultraman Cosmos is airing on terrestrial network NTV7.

In the Philippines, Ultraman is one of the well-known tokusatsu series, and multiple series & movie adaptations previously aired on Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv & its parent network ABS-CBN Channel 02.


SOURCE: Bernama News Agency via The Malay Mail