Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Banning Books is Like Banning Thoughts
Without communicating to the author or the publisher on any detailed explanation for its action, it will only make one wonder whether the authorities may have something to hide or that they are submitting themselves to unfathomable prejudices or that they have simply not yet read the book.
The joy of reading is a fundamental human right and we hope to get this message across. Books are important keystone for information and expression.
Books can feed the mind, nourish the soul, and promote positive change in individuals and society. Banning books is like banning thoughts – senseless and not to mention, dangerous.
Dr Hamidah Marican, executive director of Sisters in Islam, in Malaysiakini, following their victory in court.
And JAKIM has told Muslims to "stay away" from the book, Bernama reports, a position that makes me very angry indeed - for heaven's sake, let readers make up their own mind!
Wong Chin Huat at The Nut Graph writes an excellent piece on censorship and calls on Malaysians to become conscientious objectors in the face of book banning.
... what would have happened if the High Court upheld the Home Ministry's ban? ...Maybe next time, then?
It could pose a call for Malaysians to be conscientious objectors. Imagine this: 30 persons reading a copy of the banned book — this could be easily done if someone scanned it into PDF format and others downloaded and printed it — in front of a bookshop in one of Klang Valley's major shopping malls.