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Press statement: KDN seizure is illegal May 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations, Southeast Asia.

I got headache and toothache, plus my charger blew up this morning. So I’m not a happy bunny today.

I got the distributor to clarify with MPH, who has some staff mistakingly told readers that the book’s banned.  It’s not.

In fact, when it was suggested that they return them so that we could sell them ourselves, they said, actually ah, sold out oredi.


Suaram released a press statement this afternoon, and faxed over the bill to them. Our finance officer is mulling over whether we should charge daily interest.

“MAY 13” not banned; KDN seizure is illegal

(16 May 2007) We have been informed by our distributor that ten (10) copies of Suaram’s latest publication titled, “May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riot of 1969” by Dr. Kua Kia Soong, were taken from MPH Midvalley yesterday afternoon by officers from the Ministry of Internal Security.

The reason given by these officers led by Ahmad Faisal Arshad was that the book had contravened the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

We were further informed that these officers had advised the bookshop not to sell or display the book.

It must stressed that there are no orders coming from the Ministry of Internal Security pertaining to this book. Further, the book contravenes no part of the said Act. We consider the actions of Ahmad Faisal Arshad and his team to be arbitrary and illegal.

SUARAM views the seizure of those ten (10) books as illegal, and demands that KDN pays for the ten books or return these books to the bookshop within 7 days; failing which, we will instruct our legal counsels to take action.

John Liu



1. Yap Sing Yeong - May 16, 2007

thanks for providing such an important information and you have produced such a great website.

EW: Thanks for your encouragement 🙂

2. WATTAHACK? - May 16, 2007

M.O.R.O.N.S tak tahu baca apa nak semua buku? tak cukup tinggi ka?

3. politikus - May 16, 2007

be happy bunny soon. i belanja carrot lah 🙂

EW: I nak chocolate!

4. ko-chi - May 16, 2007

Liz, would you be bringing copies to the bloggers meeting this saturday evening? it’s a race against time to get my hands on a copy before it is banned. reading msiakini’s update on the matter, i believe it WILL BE BANNED soon, no matter how flimsy the reasons.

EW: Choi choi choi! Will try to bring some if printing’s done.

5. Freethinker - May 16, 2007

I have gut feeling it will be banned soon, so…can reprint more ? So I can get from MPH this weekend…

6. Philip Lau - May 16, 2007

I have asked Elizabeth Wong today I wish to buy 20 copies of the above book as my Malaysian Cheque for RM 400.00 is ready. Where can I forward the payment and addressed to whom as I stated at Susan Loone’s blog, as she herself to Li she wants 10 copies

7. hasilox - May 16, 2007

When will start selling in spore? Many friends already asking.

8. sam - May 17, 2007

haha. I am going to print a book, a coffee table photo collection of all the craps of our MPs in the Parliament leaking toilet (with faulty flush). I will call it “The Last Communist Crap of May 13”. Sure will get banned and get very famous one!

9. Angie Tan - May 17, 2007

I’m surprised if these folks could read. 😉

Anyway, I went to Kinokuniya KLCC last night and I couldn’t get a copy. Looks like we’ve got to order online before something happens!!

10. Sagaladoola - May 17, 2007

Real Crap. I should have bought it earlier.

I am actually angry. Shit, This is Crap, Confiscate books. Elizabeth, can you e-mail me and tell me where else can I get it for the time being, please? I really want it.

Har, I have an idea.

Elizabeth, is this book published in Singapore?


11. elizabethwong - May 17, 2007

Dear fans of history!
Briefly – Yes, I’ll bring to BUM. Yes, it costs RM 20.00. And Yes, it will be available in Singapore – probably next week. Depends on the distributor there.

12. vincenthue - May 17, 2007

“haha. I am going to print a book, a coffee table photo collection of all the craps of our MPs in the Parliament leaking toilet (with faulty flush). I will call it “The Last Communist Crap of May 13″. Sure will get banned and get very famous one!” – Sam

Hahaha, and I’ll help you with the layout and artwork!

13. monsterball - May 18, 2007

I have ordered 6 copies. How do I get them Liz?

EW: BUM2007?

14. MyDeskBlog.com » Updates on Dr. Kua Kia Soong’s May 13: “Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969” - 2nd reprinting due to good demand, official confiscations - May 18, 2007

[…] book will be reaching Singapore shelves as soon as things get sorted out with distributors there. An e-copy of the book however, […]

15. WATTAHACK? - May 18, 2007

if they ban it here would the publisher still be able to print them to be sold in SG? or Online for overseas only? Cause if can we’ll set up Ebay shop and sell them if MPH no longer can sell. They can’t ban it every country rite!

16. Philip Lau - May 20, 2007

Elizabeth Wong
Instead of obtaining the book from KL or JB, please enlighten me who is your distributor here in Singapore as I can obtain from them direct, please.
How nice if Dr Kua Kia Soong is able to autograph each and every book, like some of the books written by Tan Sri Lee Siow Mong.

EW: Dear Philip, the distributor there is Horizon. You may also book a copy with MPH in Johor. I’m afraid it would be rather difficult for Dr. Kua to autograph each copy! But if you have a chance to meet him at a series of nationwide forums we plan to hold a little later in the year, please do bring your book along. 🙂

17. Philip Lau - May 20, 2007

Elizabeth Wong,
Thanks for your above note. As a matter of fact, I met Dr Kua when he was lecturing here at NUS. For your information all the books wrote by Tan Sri Lee were hard covers. Is Dr Kua’s book hard cover also? Do you expect him to come down to Singapore?

Dear Philip, Singapore lecture / launch is definitely in the books. Sadly not the hard cover – it is a thin volume and our priority is to have accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. We have in fact marked down the RRP from RM 25 to RM 20.

18. Philip Lau - May 21, 2007

Elizabeth Wong,

Thanks for the clarification. Indeed, the price is reasonable and slightly low. Your distributor here in Singapore is Horizon Books Pte Ltd, Blk 5, Ang Moh Kio Industrial Park 2A #05-12/14 AMK Tech II, Singapore 567760, Telephone 64835953, Fax 64835963.

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