Malaysia, whatever you do, please, please do not ban this book.
Especially I beg of my Malay Muslims, young and old to not go the way of this "Tukang Karut" (a terminology used by M. Nasir)
Like Salman Rushdie, you will turn him into a hero.
You will give credence and validity to his "Wild" accusations, innuendoes and his mendacity.
You will turn your Bangsa into Melayu Bangsat, Pengecut and Katak di bawah Tempurung.
Think of your Heritage. Not too long ago, your forefathers fought the Japanese and the Malayan Communist Party and so we live in the present country we now have - not totally of our own making and of our choice, but that is all we have and so far we have done a pretty good job.
If we ban this book, we lose our pride and dignity.
If we ban this book, the nation and the Malay-Muslims' reputation will be ground into the dirt.
THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO!!!!!
Our nation cannot live with a renegade turning into a Martyr - and a non Malay, non-Muslim martyr to boot! We certainly must not be responsible for creating and thus sanctifying St Tommy Thomas.
Furthermore, as Aesop wrote.
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes.
[We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.]
Look at ourselves, our leaders and leadership. We have the "musuh dalam selimut dan luar selimut". Another enemy (several of our own people), stand beside us providing the blanket stored in our cupboard.
Let TT and his publisher and his sponsors and masters keep this book, its profit and other gains.
Don't succumb to this "momok momok" (again from M Nasir) that thrives in our nation.
So please give Tommy Thomas enough rope to hang himself.
READ, and learn the nature of his game.