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B for Book

These books were made for walking
And that’s just what they’ll do
One of these days these books
Are gonna walk all over you.

Amir Muhammad is a writer, publisher and movie-maker who lives in Damansara, which is more of a state of mind than geography. Amir’s Alphabet will have 26 parts but will not be presented in order, as he was never a fan of the concept (or even the Malay boyband) called “A to Z”. But it promises to not mention a single politician, and can be found in Living Culture.

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7 Responses to “B for Book”

  1. Aput says:

    Aaaaaaaaaa!!! I was reading that book! :_(

  2. Troy says:

    “Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.” – Alfred Whitney
    Mate – not sure what you are trying to get at besides notionally playing with fire. Surprising – coming from someone who has probably had a liberal education.

  3. Lamphry says:

    Aiya, how are you to get knowledge? Just read the book; why so takut? Better for you to live under a coconut shell if you are so scared…

  4. James Mowe says:

    What are you suggesting with your artsy piece – that burning books is a pretty cool thing to do? Well you can’t destroy ignorance with more ignorance – however artsy-fartsy you get to make your point.

  5. Nick says:

    I think people are missing the point with this little video. I see it as Amir being facetious about the whole issue, taking to extremes the absurd call by authorities to ban certain literature lest it overwhelms and brainwashes the values and beliefs of weak-minded Malaysians by taking drastic measures to rid himself of the “scourge” of so-called prohibited material. Malaysians are being told what not to read, what’s dangerous and what’s a threat to personal faith – “Oh my God I’ve got a copy of a banned book in my hands, let’s get rid of it as fast as we can!” The video’s a very clever satire. The issue is sadly real.

  6. Fred says:


    Can’t ban, can’t burn…typical of Amir’s tongue-in-cheek observation.

  7. Zedeck says:

    I wanted to see the offending literature in its liquid state! Now I can only take your word for it. Where’s the verite, Amir?
    (Anyway, since people seem to be missing references left and right, take a look at this two-year-old internet viral campaign:

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