Friday, 19 February 2010

The police seized my book from a bookshop in Melaka. This is the fax.


This happened on 10 February but I was only informed by the distributor this morning. All copies of Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things (Vol 2) were seized from MPH Mahkota Parade, Melaka.

I view this seizure as the latest act of harassment by the authorities against bookshops and publishers.

If, indeed, these people suspect that the book (which has been on sale since December 2008 -- yes, for 14 months-- with no hassle) might "have a negative impact on public tranquility/morals/public safety/relations between the country and foreign nations", why can't they just go through the proper channels by banning the book?

The book has many pictures and very little text; even so, did it really take the authorities 14 months to even suspect that the book committed any or all of those vaguely-stated offences? If so, should we worry about the literacy rate of the members of the police force?

27 comments:

Chet said...

I think they just want free copies of the book.

pye:rudz said...

being patience would be the best at this state. besides, it's a part of iman too... ;)

bibliobibuli said...

and why is it the police doing the seizing and not enforcement officers from the home ministry?

Shanon Shah said...

I think depa terasa sebab hang tak masuk depa punya pepatah dalam buku hang.

Subashini said...

The police MUST be answerable. These book seizures are utterly arbitrary.

Do I sound like a bleating naive lamb?

Aaarrgghh!

The point is, we all know that the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 is a spectre that looms large over book selling and publishing in Malaysia. But, as you've pointed out, these books have already been selling for 14 months. Why seize them now?

The bookstores MUST demand an explanation.

How can ordinary readers help? Lately books I've ordered online have been detained by the Home Ministry (books that have nothing to do with homemade explosives, religion, or the Kama Sutra), and books sent to me from friends abroad have been held up at the Immigration Dept. for more than a month...

Colour me paranoid, but the stink is getting stinkier.

Anonymous said...

Buku tu tak adil pun...semua pemimpin UMNO je yang kena....PKR Anwar Ibrahim hero Malaya lansung tak cakap darndiest thing ke?
tak aci ah buku tu....berat sebelah....

Ajami Hashim said...

ayooo!!!

Amir Muhammad said...

Anon @12:42

Hangpa belum baca lagi buku tu kot. Anwar Ibrahim ada 3 darndest quote dalam buku tu. Pemimpin PAS, DAP pun ada jugak. Lain kali belajaq baca sebelum nak tuduh apa-apa K? Salam :-)

Argus Lou said...

Commiserations, sir. It took them 14 months to find out it existed, eh?
I too wonder why they don't use the law as it exists and not make themselves look so stupid and act like bullies.

('a naskah' is one copy, right? So they shouldn't have taken all, no?)

Web Sutera said...

Assalamualaikum,

I blog this story too. Here http://pasalbuku.blogspot.com/2010/02/1malaysia-rampas-buku-lagi-kali-ini.html

Ashiff said...

can we still order these books online from kinibooks or they will hold up that too?

Amir Muhammad said...

Ashiff, Kiniboooks orders should be fine ;-)

Web Sutera, terima kasih!

it is me said...

police.law.politic.it is all about a game in a tiny world..and the people that scare to face the truth.

shahnon said...

I wonder why only in Melaka?? Why not other bookstores in Klang Valley? Weird eh.. :)

Muhammad Faisal Mat Zawi said...

agreed with shahnon, i saw the book in mph Alamanda Putrajaya last year. There's a bunch of it piled onto another at one corner.

Even me myself stops by and read a few pages, and few pages and actually i read the whole book sitting on the floor.

Abang Amir, i must say that it was quite sarcastic and explicit. But the quotes aren't that provocative so they should get rid of the book but the pics is...errr...how should i say...i lost the word hahahaha

edzlin007 said...

What??? I bought the book last year and nothing goes wrong with it.

pie said...

mcm lawak plak...
after 14months...
ahaha...
gtau kt yg nk rampas lg, klu nk bku free gtau je...

keris pandan said...

this is the fact that "When Democracy is NOT Democratic".. its funny when the Star cartoonist did cynical image and text but nothing is gonna happen to them? i wonder why?

Muhammad Faisal Mat Zawi said...

Not just cynical image and text on the cartoon, even the headlines are sometimes provocative. hurmmm perhaps the insiders thing?

lupie said...

Here in Malaysia - apa2 pun boleh la ...

Now, you are famous! Can I order an autographed copy ar????

Anonymous said...

"BANNED books, films..whatever.. are the most "WANTED" items".. yeah, great one Amir...;-) thanks to the cop!..;-)

immabastard said...

Malaysian blog commentators say the darndest thing Vol. 1

Idiots.Some of them.

nmz said...

after 14months?and yet they didnt force themselves to seize the previous volume before..apakah


yeah i find the vol 1 at mph alamanda and there's no vol3 neway..so maybe have to wait or order online eh?hmmm

My Diary said...

I just bought the book at Popular CentrePoint(CP)-Sabah,last Wednesday! Love it! The book artwork is A+!

lamia said...

Just look on the bright side.The seizure will only make people searching and dig more about the book and its content

Anonymous said...

I read this book at silverfish. As a Canadian I found it amusing but in no way subversive. Seems like a weak ploy on behalf of narrow-minded and controling government paranoiacs. I am sure this will not deter anyone from seeking this book out and may add to its popularity.

Anonymous said...

"Where is justice?" and "1 funny malaysia" books by malaysia kini were also seized in Melaka and Negri Sembilan. This two states enforcement seems to be running rampant and uncheck. Is this consider abuse of power?