Press statement: KDN seizure is illegal May 16, 2007Posted 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.