I went to Badan Cemerlang bookstore at Plaza Angsana JB a few days ago, after sending my wife to work. Loitered around and didn’t see any English books. Most of the books I saw at Badan are Bahasa Melayu books mostly published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). I even came across a book authored by someone I knew, hmmm….
I inquired about Interlok at the front desk but they told me they didn’t have it. So I wandered off again to the DBP section. By chance, I stumbled across the book Muslim and Christian Ethics by Mohd. Nasir Omar. It was published by DBP and in English, too! I remember seeing this book at Kinokuniya (and they were selling it for RM35), so imagine my surprise when I took it to the counter and found out that I only had to pay RM16 for it!
So here is yet another proud acquisition, for yours truly’s library of comparative religion works. I am starting to read the book and I will give a review of it in due time. Still taking my time in finishing it, however, as I have many things going on at the moment.
Each of these books contains some wisdom to life you could use for your own benefit. Some of these stories are enjoyable reads while others push your limits of reading and toleration. These books cover various subjects including religion, philosophy, ethics, world, and history.
There are actually a few more than 50 books here. Some books are part of volumes that should not be separated and were counted as one. Could have just called it “55 Books To Read Before….” but it didn’t sound as good! Consider it extra wisdom and pleasure-reading. These books may change your life and the way you think for the better!
Now it seems that there is a new round of calls for the book by SN Abdullah Hussain to be banned, this time by the Chinese community. Just when I thought the issue was resolved after the Ministry of Education compromised and decided to edit out a certain word from the text which allegedly “demeans” the Indian community (personally I don’t feel there is anything wrong with the word at all, its just people being overtly emotional over literature), Chinese NGOs are pressing their luck and making calls for the book to be banned.
Some bloggers have been commenting about it, so permit me to join the bandwagon as well. Truth be told, I really think that the issue has been played out of proportion. The book was written by SN Abdullah Hussain in the 1970s and some four decades later, it is causing such a ruckus? Gosh, I think some people are really (mis)using this issue for political capital. Considering that those making such a fuss about it are members of a political party which was nearly wiped out in Election 2008, I think this assessment isn’t too far off the mark after all.
However, since I am such a bookworm, I will try to get hold of a copy of this book. I think it is time that I pay a visit to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and purchase this book from their bookstore….I haven’t been to DBP for a very long time (the last time I was there was in 2001 with my father, to inquire about the royalty / prize money for my poem’s win in HSSBR 2000). I sure hope they have the original version of the book. I am not interested in the Edisi Pelajar copy.