Would you believe it - the first reason for the confiscation was the book does not carry the publisher's terrestrial address? :
The first clause of Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984 stipulates that “Every publication printed or published within Malaysia shall have printed legibly in Bahasa Malaysia or the English language on its first or last leaf the name and address of its printer and publisher.” ... According to Zainal, while the book does contain “Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur” on its first page, this is not sufficient to fulfil the requirements of the law. “We can already charge the publisher and bookseller in court,” he asserted. ... If convicted, they are liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to a fine not exceeding RM5,000, or both.Raman of course explains that in the ten years since he has set up Silverfish, he has moved three times, and even if he had included a street address in the book at the time of publication, it wouldn't be valid now!
But it seems that the second reason why the book is under scrutiny was because it touches on issues concerning Islam. En. Zainul explains :
Because we have no expertise on this matter, we have sent it to Jakim for study.And this is apparently why the investigation is taking so long and why no date can be given when Jakim would arrive at a decision about the book.
Raman's decision is to withdraw the book with immediate effect and to republish (since the book is not banned) - with the address included.
It will be interesting now to see what happens - or doesn't happen - with the book. But as I say, we are watching.
* JAIS = Islamic Department of Selangor (= JAWI = Islamic Department for the Federal Territory (i.e. Kuala Lumpur), JAKIM = Department of Islamic Development.