Darshini Kandasamy in today's Malay Mail (which I can't link to online since no-one has updated the website for weeks) picked up the story from a reader who said that she was:
... shocked and disgusted ...
when she saw the book Di Mana Sharlinie? (Where is Sharlini?) in a bookshop in Bangsar because :
... her parents are in pain, worrying about their daughter, yet this book publisher is cashing in on their sorrow ...The 40 page book in Bahasa Malaysia is a compilation of news items about the five year old's disappearance and includes:
... findings of a psychic as to why Sharlinie was taken ...as well as the particularly insensitive faux film poster of Sharlinie with another missing girl Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, which is featured in the newspaper.
The publisher Penerbitan Karang Media cannot be contacted and there is no authors name, although the book was "arranged" (whatever that means) by "Bob Sri Menanti" and "Ron Sikana", who likewise have left no trace. The book clearly had no ISBN.
(Hmm, the cheques from the sales must be going ... somewhere!)
I have to say that this publication plumbs new depths of tastelessness and one wonders just why any bookshop decided to sell it in the first place! If people don't buy it and booksellers don't stock it, someone is going to lose all their money. (What a shame.)
Actually isn't it sad how a case like this brings out the ugliest side of human nature ... and we aren't just talking about the abductor.
Update (21/2/08) :
The story makes front page news today (and is online) and Sharlinie's father is interviewed about the book. He wasn't approached for permission and is deeply upset by the suggestion that his daughter will meet the same fate as Nurin. He is considering legal action. But does he really need this on top of everything else he is having to put up with?
*(Now which would that be? Can't be Silverfish. I wouldn't think MPH. Might be one of the mamak newsgents in Lucky Garden. Actually we want to know - why the coyness?)