Following my rant of the other day ...
Contacted the distributor, Pansing in Singapore about the status of the Anthony Burgess book. Could they tell me more about why the book can't be distributed in Malaysia?
It seems that copies bound for Malaysia were seized at customs with no more explanation than that the book is "restricted". Were Customs officers acting arbitrarily, or is the book on a Ministry of Home Affairs list? If so, on what grounds and who decided? (A statement, please!)
Tried to call the Ministry of Home Affairs for clarification. But predictably got the run-around. Got passed on and passed on and passed on, until I got passed to the Deputy Director's phone which wasn't answered. And probably the whole department was tittering behind their hands about how they deflected an angry mat salleh. (Though I did do my best to be polite.) Never mind.
Worth bearing in mind is that the book goes by different titles according to the edition. The UK Vintage edition goes by the title The Malayan Trilogy, and the American edition published by the Norton Library (and still available at Kinunya) The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy.
Confusing, hey? Well, that could be a good thing if it confuses the right people.
Meanwhile, if you want to buy a copy of the book at a very reasonable price, try abebooks.com. Prices start at US1 and really all you are paying for is the postage. I've found that the books arrive really quickly too.