Malaysian bookstore Silverfish Books recently pubhlished a list of books restricted by the Malaysian Home Ministry
(confiscated at the border by Customs) - a list that includes Chinese teapots
, children's prayers
, and Dora the Explorer
. Banned books & magazines aren't exactly news
in Malaysia; indeed, possession of said books can lead to severe penalties, even jail time
.The Opposition has made a statement
before, but that hasn't led anywhere. However, since Silverfish's list, Malaysian bloggers have had enough with the arbitrary and Kafka-esque bans and restrictions, and have come together to form Manuscripts Don't Burn
, to protest and talk about banned books and the larger issue of freedom of speech in Malaysia.
posted by divabat
on Nov 7, 2006 -
PM of Malaysia: Those who spread untruths on the Net will be detained
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, warned all bloggers that "if information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation". The Malaysian government is even considering adjusting the Printing Presses and Publications Act^
to include blogs and online media.
This comes hot on the heels of a government-ordered media blackout
on Article 11
, a coalition of NGOs dedicated to upholding the principles of Article 11 of the Malaysian constitution, about freedom of religion, after several protests
claiming Article 11 to be anti-Muslim and confusing it with the now-defunct Interfaith Comission Initiative
, which aimed to be a body of people of different faiths raising awareness about diversity of religion and working together on religious issues.
Minister of Energy, Water, and Communications Dr Lim Keng Yaik said that they will not censor the Internet
(as promised when the Multimedia Super Corridor
was launched), but after events such as prominent Malaysian political blogger Jeff Ooi being investigated over a supposedly offensive comment
on his blog entry about Islam in 2005, and alternative news source MalaysiaKini
's office raided after carrying a letter critical of the ruling party's policies
in 2003, no one is really quite sure.
posted by divabat
on Aug 3, 2006 -