Apart from the comics' pro China propaganda and insult to Muslims vis-a-vis the Uighurs in NW China, Hew has been an outright embarrassment to Chinese Malaysians for his bizarre pro China views and outrageous comments on and during the Sarawak state elections.
a millstone around the DAP's neck, he's the Rocket Party's equivalent of Zakir Naik
Problem is no Chinese Malaysia trusts, respects nor likes poor Maszlee Malik, who has not an iota of credibility with the local Chinese community. They would have probably considered ill of the Education Minister's action even when it is correct in this instance.
Not unlike the boy who cried "wolves" too many times, though with quite different scenarios, he is no longer believed nor trusted even when he is right.
This could possibly be the reason or reaction (I'm only speculating) of quite a few DAP members including some ADUNs in showing support for the book (in defiance of & objection to Maszlee's instructions to prohibit distribution of the comics to schools), which the Star Online said might have led to the rakyat’s perception that it was the party’s official stand on the issue.