Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The Banning of Books

Just recently, the Naked Chepi brought to my attention another horrendous act of stupidity by our Little Napoleons.
On the list of banned & prohibited books in Malaysia are literary classics from the likes of Kahlil Gibran, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, Karen Armstrong etc....

Flabbergasted is to put it mildly. Heading for another Cultural Revolution as my Naked Chepi put it, may sound far-fetched, or is it a possibility? I for one, am making a list of classic "must haves" for my library and enlisting the help of willing smugglers to acquire "banned" titles from overseas.

I read in today's Star and I quote, "

Muslims of the world are now being affected by sectarianism which is blocking them from progress and prosperity, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

The Prime Minister said sectarianism, or differences in religious interpretation, should not be allowed to be a barrier to forging successful cooperation and collaboration among the ummah in the economic field.

“Solve this issue first and then can we talk about unity and cooperation,” he said.

Interestingly enough, one author who tackles this subject of sectarianism and religious interpretation very concisely and accurately is Karen Armstrong. But, too bad she's on the list of banned and restricted books. Duh.

When will they learn not to be governed by their insecurities and fears ? When will they realise that the more they try to limit the ever-questioning mind, the only damage they are inflicting is in creating generations of their race who are (and will be) severely challenged in the global world?

Knowledge is Power. And now I shall go ponder as to why Poems & Prayers For Children is considered not suitable for Malaysians.

Tch. Imbeciles.

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