(Update – 17 Dec 2011): The organizers of the “Singapore Sucks!” book launch appreciates that the MDA has come forth with a statement in My Paper dated 16th December 2011, to address the issues raised.
MDA has stated that their decision to review the book is due to a “discrepancy in titles”, which is in concordance to our earlier understanding. We are actively working on compliance with MDA’s processes a…nd are pending some clarifications from them.
Additionally, we are pleased to learn that copies of the book are once again available at Kinokuniya outlets, and we shall continue working hard to bring it to a bookshop near you.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank thank everyone for the heartwarming support that came from all quarters when news of this issue broke.
We hereby dedicate the book to all Singaporeans and hope you have as much fun reading it as we had in bringing it to you.
(Update – 14 Dec 2011): The organisers of the Singapore Sucks! Book Launch have just received notice that all 400 copies have been allowed passage into Singapore and have arrived safely at the book importer’s premises.
Additionally, MDA has requested for one copy of Singapore Sucks! to be sent to them for review.
The organisers are prepared… to cooperate with MDA’s due processes and as such will be sending over to them a copy as per their request.
However, since Kinokuniya has removed the books from their shelves based on earlier developments, the organisers will be seeking additional clarifications as to whether sales can still go on locally during this interim period.
(Update – 13 Dec 2011): Copies of Singapore Sucks! have been taken down from the bookshelves at Kinokuniya. A Kinokuniya employee who declined to be named confirmed that ‘MDA is investigating’.”
12 December 2011
The organisers of the book launch for Singapore Sucks! were informed that MDA (Media Development Authority) has contacted the book importer who was supposed to take delivery of the 400 copies of Singapore Sucks!.
The copies were expected to arrive on Thursday, the 8th of December, to faciliate the launch on the 11th. However, all 400 copies have been held back from entering Singapore since Thursday.
The organisers were not privy to the conversation between the book importer and MDA, but understand that the title has attracted MDA’s attention, and approval has not yet been granted to allow passage of the books into Singapore. The organisers were also informed that MDA might be paying bookseller Kinokuniya, who has been selling Singapore Sucks! for the past few months, a visit. The organisers are not dismissing the possibility that Singapore Sucks! may be removed from the shelves.
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