The authorities have confiscated two books published by Kinibooks, a subsidiary of Malaysiakini, in separate operations conducted in Malacca and Penang.
The books – ‘1FunnyMalaysia’ and ‘Where is Justice?’ – were seized from Popular Book in Melaka Shopping Centre, Malacca today, while an earlier operation was conducted at another branch of the bookstore in Gurney Plaza, Penang on Jan 7.
According to the authorities, the books could pose a threat to “public order, morality, security”. A total of 64 copies of the books were seized in both operations.
A team of officers from the Malacca police headquarters visit the Malacca branch of Popular Book today and removed 33 copies of the books from the shelves.
According to them, the raid was carried out under section 18 of Printing Presses and Publications Act.
Section 18 of PPPA states that the authorities are empowered to “seize and detain” any publication which they have reason to believe to be evidence of an offence under the Act.
Meanwhile, 34 copies of the both books were seized by officers from the Home Ministry in Penang three weeks ago.
Well, we had some serious doubts any book with a picture of Altantuya and Teoh Beng Hock would last long, and here we have it.
All I can say is that if they are gonna come after us, they better have a better case than they did the last time.
We took considerable pains to ensure that everything in Where is Justice was carefully written to be factual, and all opinion therein had been previously published online.
If the cops and the government don’t want bad publicity, perhaps they shouldn’t let people fall of buildings, ‘drown’ from a glass of water, or explode in the jungle. Don’t shoot the messenger.
All news here is preliminary, but we’ll be following the case closely and will provide updates when we can.
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