Home Ministry investigates a four-year-old book

The Nut Graph reported that a book written by Farish Noor, From Majapahit to Putrajaya, is now being investigated by officials of the Home Ministry.

The entire stock of the book was confiscated from a leading bookshop in Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2008 and the bookshop is still waiting for the outcome of the investigation.


PETALING JAYA, 27 Nov 2008: A leading bookstore in Kuala Lumpur has stopped selling a book by Malaysian public intellectual Dr Farish Noor, pending an investigation by the Home Ministry.

The entire stock of the book, From Majapahit to Putrajaya, was confiscated from Kinokuniya’s KLCC outlet on 15 Aug 2008 by officers from the ministry’s Selangor office in a regular annual inspection. Other book titles, mostly on religion, were also seized.

“Kinokuniya will not be selling these titles until the Home Ministry arrives at a judgement. We do not practice self-censorship, but this is a pending issue, so we will wait for a proper decision,” Kinokuniya corporate affairs manager Theresa Chong told The Nut Graph.

She said the enforcement officers were supposed to inform the bookstore of a decision within two weeks, but they have been waiting for three-and-a-half months now. “We have been asking them to give us an answer,” she added.

However, From Majapahit to Putrajaya, a collection of essays about contemporary Malaysia published in 2005 by Silverfish Books, is still being sold at other bookshops. Also still on sale, including at Kinokuniya, is the Malay translation of the book, Di Balik Malaysia: Dari Majapahit ke Putrajaya.

8 Responses to “Home Ministry investigates a four-year-old book”

  1. 1 Batu Ferringhi 27 November 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Maybe they forgot they had confiscated the books? Why confiscate from only 1 particular bookstore while others are still retailing them? Or maybe Dr Farish’s writings are too “deep” for them to understand, leave alone censor? Sickos.

  2. 2 Antares 27 November 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Excellent move, Potatohead G……man! I read ALL your comics! Me & my friends are cheering wildly for you as you track down every last functioning brain cell in this great nation – and grind it to grey dust under your Italian leather jackboots.

    Your fan,
    Pak Ubi da Umnoid

  3. 3 siew eng 27 November 2008 at 8:53 pm

    ack! too late to get a copy now to see what could be objectionable in it.

  4. 4 siew eng 27 November 2008 at 9:09 pm

    oh wait. masih boleh beli di mph. i wonder what triggered the authorities’ attention on the book – i.e. “when contents are in doubt”. who’s the doubter that required immediate/belated? action?

  5. 5 amoker 27 November 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Any Farish or Haris or ‘liberal Malays’ will be targetted. Part of post-Mahathirism.

  6. 6 Patricia 28 November 2008 at 6:16 am

    Can someone please tell these flers that, 1. very few people read in Malaysia. And go out and actually buy a book, ah? Forget it! And 2., now that they’ve confiscated it, people are going to do 1. – because they just have to find out what was in it! It was happily sleeping on the shelf before this. (The proof? See Siew Eng, above! 😉

    What a bunch of bozos!


  7. 7 siew eng 28 November 2008 at 10:09 am

    ya-lah pat. some more in today’s economic downturn clime.

    er, how much is that book again? plus cost of parking and petrol…

  8. 8 ttc 30 November 2008 at 8:21 am


    Surely everyone in the galaxy and any Universe knows by now that to understand books written by 🙂 good intellectuals like Farish Noor requires one to have some sort of a working brain with some semblance of intelligence in it in the first place, so one is extremely perplexed as to why the 😦 mad loony Home Minister’s staff (who must also, by logical deduction, have either non-existent or less than pea-sized brains to be actually working in the first place for someone as mind-bogglingly silly as our man SHA) would want to go to this bookshop and take off the shelf for free all the copies of the said intellectual book under the thinly disguised pretext of confiscating them for their further investigation.

    How can you investigate brainy books if you don’t have any brains in the first place to think, analyse or investigate the books with?

    Hmmm…??!!…can someone really brainy please help me out of the quagmire of this confusingly circular and 😦 very pesky catch-22 mystery?


    PS: Protect Your Sanity & Health & Safety & Economic Wealth.

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