Publisher Amir Muhammad commented :
They just walk into a shop and take the copies ... They don't want to go through the whole legal process (of banning the book). ... It's kind of ironic, (as) a month ago I decided not to reprint the book.The book has sold more than 2,900 copies to date, so talk about making a gesture to shut the stable door after the horse has ... not just bolted, but disappeared over the horizon.
Lee points out that :
Amir is no stranger to the government's book-grabbing tendencies. ... In February this year, nine copies of his political satire title, “Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things (Vol 2)” were seized by police officers from MPH Mahkota Parade in Malacca.I must say that one doesn't know whether to laugh or to cry when this kind of thing happens. One way or another, we all get to read the books we want to read, and Malaysian voices will out. But the fact that any book gets seized reminds us that Big Brother State is always there to attempt to trample those voices.
Anyway, Amir has some other good things going on to take his mind off all this. The first edition of his new book 120 Malay Movies is all but sold out (Amir, please save me a copy!!). He has two more books on the best-seller list. And now he's steaming ahead with a book on his take of the Malay classic Sejarah Melayu. (Chapter One is here.)
Back to splitting semantic hairs. Christine Chan writes in Malaysiakini :
The Home Ministry's Publications Control and Quranic Text secretary Zaitun Ab Samad said that the books entitled Body 2 Body, published by Amir Muhammad, have not been seized, rather only taken to undergo scrutiny."Taken" or "seized"?
The first word is too innocuous (the stores have no choice but to let the books go so there is an element of compulsion which "take" - sorry Pn Zaiton - does not cover). "Seized" may yes, be too strong, a bit dramatic, but "confiscated", which is probably better, makes us think of school. The books (we know from past form) will not be paid for, not returned after they have been "examined". If the books were only for study then why on earth would three copies need to be taken??
Postscript to Postscript :
Hazlan Zakaria gets round it nicely by using the word "appropriated"!