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.
I really do not understand what the fuss is all about. I’ve said what I have to say about Interlok here, but if these morons are so intent on book-burning, they should start off with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. It too is a historical novel with some racial terms which some uneducated barbarians may think is “racist”. Its a shame that people who have never read the book, much less held it in their hands or are even aware of Malay literature in general, are making silly comments and going overboard with their silly comments about the book.
My suggestion to the Ministry of Education is to stay on the course and do not withdraw this book from schools, simply because there are idiots around who are making comments they have no knowledge about.