KUCHING: State PKR vice chairman See Chee How regards the seizure of ‘Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia’ book by the Home Ministry last week as “bad timing and wrongful”.
See, who is Batu Lintang assemblyman, said the Home Ministry officers appeared to have made a mistake in seizing the book, as nobody knew that it had been banned.
“There was no announcement by the Home Ministry,” he said in a press conference here yesterday when asked to comment on news report that copies of the book, together with six other titles, were seized by officers of the Home Ministry at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair.
Coordinator for publisher GerakBudaya, Ng Yap Hwa, said a total of 30 copies were taken away by the officers to see if they violated the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
“To do that (seizure of the book ‘Money Logging’), we are actually telling the international forum that we have something to hide with regard to the logging practices and allegations that were made in the book, which I think is bad.”
Thus, See hoped that the Home Ministry would immediately return the books and apologise to GerakBudaya.
“It is quite an embarrassment, especially at this time when our Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) is in Europe to talk about logging and preservation of our forest resources.
“He is scheduled to have an open dialogue tomorrow (today) with all the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in London.
“So I think the seizure of the book will be quite an embarrassment for him when they question him over that matter.”
Deputy Home Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was not available for explanation at press time.