Wain's Book Pending
Wain's Book Pending
Home Ministry Still Studying Barry Wain's Book
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama)
The Home Ministry is still studying the contents of the book authored by Barry Wain titled "Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times", before making a decision on its circulation in Malaysia, said a statement from the ministry here on Saturday.
It said this was a normal procedure and that Barry Wain's book was not exempted. This was to ensure the book would not affect the prevailing peace and stability in the country, the statement said, adding that the ministry had 60 days to make a decision as to whether the book could be sold in Malaysia.
On Monday, the Customs Department refuted a report carried out by a news portal that it was holding 800 copies of the book in Port Klang since a month ago.
In the book, Wain, former managing editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal, had claimed that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had squandered up to RM100 billion in his 22 years in power.
However, Dr Mahathir in his blog www.chedet.co admitted there had been financial losses under his rule but the amount would not have exceeded RM10 billion and had also welcomed suggestions by his detractors for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set up to probe the matter. He had also said that he reserved the right to sue Wain and others who had cast aspersions on him in the matter. -- BERNAMA
Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times
by Barry Wain
Mahathir Mohamad turned Malaysia into one of the developing worlds most successful economies. He adopted pragmatic economic policies alongside repressive political measures and showed that Islam was compatible with representative government and modernization.
He emerged as a Third World champion and Islamic spokesman by standing up to the West.
About the Author
BARRY WAIN, a former editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal, is Writer-in-Residence at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. An Australian journalist who has lived in Asia for 37 years, he is author of The Refused, an account of the refugee outflow from Indochina after the Vietnam War.
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