48 hours later … book ‘ditahan’ (detained?) May 16, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations, Southeast Asia.
(An alternate title to this post is:- “How to help yourself to free books and get away with it”)
I’ve been getting calls, emails and text messages about Kua Kia Soong’s book, “May 13”, being banned or about to be banned or whatever lar, since Malaysiakini ran a story Tuesday night.
I’m vacillating between boredom and irritation, especially with those trigger-happy SMS-ers.
Heads up folks. It’s NOT banned.
You can buy it, but we have run out of stock so please reserve your copies before the 2nd batch arrives.
Here’s what happened:
Kiddie fascist-wanna-be, Ahmad Faisal bin Arshad (IC no: 800228-14-5659) and his companions, Zuraidah and Mardiarini, swaggered into MPH Midvalley at around 3 pm. They took ten (10) books without paying from the shelf.
We have names for these sorts of people, where I come from.
This punk Ahmad, who carries a stamp with him all the time, which reads, “Pembantu Penguatkuasa, Bahagian Kawalan Penerbitan & Teks Al-Quran, Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri“, produced two sheets of paper.
They were undated, with no reference number, no indication of the book author, title or ISBN, and not an indication as to who the letter is addressed too. These details were filled on the spot. They could have helped themselves to some free Harry Potters too, at this rate.
MPH had to use their company stamp on the top left hand corner of the letter. Those wonkers from KDN couldn’t even spell or write English, and they want to read our books? Puh-leeze.
In the KDN letter, it says the books have been retained (detained?) “kerana disyaki sebagai hasil penerbitan yang boleh dikenakan perintah larangan di bawah subseksyen (1) seksyen atau … ada sebab mempercayai sebagai bukti berlakunya apa-apa kesalahan di bawah Akta ini…. “
In short, they suspect the book has been banned or it is evidence that there is contravention of the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
But it is not banned and contravenes no part of the Act.
This kid even had the audacity to advise MPH not to sell the book. I didn’t know KDN gave marketing advice to bookshops.
So as far as I’m concerned, they took ten of our books without paying.
They owe us RM 200.00.
No special privileges here – they have to pay for the books, like everyone else.
So today, I’ve asked the office to fax over our bill, the money owed to be remitted into our bank account within 7 days, or we will take legal action against Ahmad Faisal and co.
People who try to stop books from being read, or ‘arrests’ books, will not go unpunished.
BN Politicians who try to stop the truth from surfacing, will not go unpunished.
And suing government wonkers makes many of us very happy bunnies.
(Ends rare irritable rant. And I’ve not even started on Najib ‘RAZAK’ …yet.)
Postscript: Just saw this on Kinibooks.com. Bite this, KDN!