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?