Elizabeth Tai highlights in the Star newspaper about book banning in Malaysia and what a sad state of affair it is.
It’s arbitrary, my dear
By ELIZABETH TAI
Given broad, vague guidelines that keep changing, publishers and authors are hard- pressed to decipher what books get banned.
ON March 9, 2001, a day after the start of the Kampung Medan clashes in Kuala Lumpur, Suaram chairperson K. Arumugam was chased by 20 motorcyclists when he drove into the area.
The experience affected him so much that he decided to write a book about it.
After spending two years on research and RM10,000 on printing, 5,000 copies of March 8 (written in Tamil) rolled off the press in April 2006.
Nine months later – on Jan 19, 2007 – Elizabeth Wong (now Selangor exco member) informed Arumugam that his book, which had sold about 3,000 copies by then, had been banned.