Banned book list baffling
Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said disallowed entries were different from gazetted bans.
“If the distributors feel that any of the restrictions are unfair, they can always appeal by sending the book to our Putrajaya headquarters for review. We will see what the problem is and correct it if necessary.”
He added that there were no blanket bans on any authors, including Rushdie, whose controversial 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, resulted in the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issuing a fatwa calling for his death.
“We ban titles, not authors,” he said.