Drafting thoughts: Open letter to Minister of Internal Security May 17, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
I read in the Sun today, the reason why the books were ‘seized’.
Apparently, the Ministry of Internal Security wanted to ‘check’ the contents.
Some random thoughts below before I compose my open letter to the Minister in charge i.e. Abdullah Badawi and his henchman, Fu Ah Kiow.
1. If the Special Branch had the good manners of purchasing the book like everyone else, and even sat through the whole public forum, why couldn’t you do the same? Are you above everyone, even the police?
2. Would it kill you to ask for a review copy?
3. Did you check with the National Library’s ISBN counter? You do know we always send ten copies there, right?
4. Do you know it costs less to purchase a copy (RM 20.00 only) than to have three officers work in the afternoon? Do you know how much it will cost you to defend a civil suit? Haven’t you figured out how to save taxpayers money?
5. Do you know you are embarassing the nation in the eyes of the world?6. Do you know anything at all???
Wake up and smell the coffee, Minister of IS! You ain’t in the National Operations Council any longer.
May 13 books taken away for checking
Husna Yusop and Kimberley Lau
Copies of the book “May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969” were taken from a bookshop for checking purposes, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said.
He told theSun today it was normal for the ministry to check on the contents of books to determine if they were suitable for sale.
“Once (a publication is) published for sale, (if we get a) complaint or information, we make inspections by taking samples back for checking to see if the books contradict the Printing Presses and Publication Act (PPPA) 1984.
“We have only taken some copies for checking, it is normal procedure. Any other book gets the same treatment,” he said, adding that bookstores were free to sell it while its contents were being reviewed.
The book, launched last Sunday (May 13), is authored by Dr Kua Kia Soong, a former DAP MP and currently New Era College principal and a director of human rights group Suaram.
It was reported yesterday that 10 copies of the book were confiscated by ministry officials from the MPH bookstore in Mid Valley Megamall on “suspicion of being an undesirable publication” based on Section 7 of the PPPA.
John Liu, who is Suaram documentation coordinator, alleged that the seizure was arbitrary and illegal as the book had not been banned.
“We were further informed that these officers had advised the bookshop not to sell or display the book.”