The Internal Security Ministry allows it to be in the market, as its contents do not jeopardise national security.The book is available, as several of you have dropped by to tell me, in bookshops across the city.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who heads the ministry, said it had studied the contents of the book and decided that it should not be subjected to a restriction order under Section 7 (1) of the Printing and Publishing Act 1984.
“The police have also never confiscated or issued warnings on the book,” he said, in a written reply to Chow Kon Yeow (DAP – Tanjong) and M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat).
The book, May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969, by academician Dr Kua Kia Soong was snapped up fast after it was launched on that date last month.
Several groups called for the book to be banned, prompting the ministry to pick up 10 copies to “study” it.
In his book, Dr Kua, who spent three months researching the documents at London’s Public Records Office, said the May 13 riots was a coup attempt against the then prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and not a racial outburst.
But the fear of it being banned was what fuelled the dramatic run on sales when the book first came out.