Sunday, August 30, 2009

List of Banned Publications in Malaysia

Just in time for Merdeka - here’s a list of banned publications in Malaysia which I culled from the Kementerian Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs) website. This includes books, magazines, letters and even music. You can check it out for yourself at this link. KDN calls it the “Ileagal Publisher List”; note that they have misspelled “illegal”. Quite ironic.

Anyway, their website is very unuser-friendly, so I wrote a little program to scrape all the pages and dump them all into one neat Excel file. Plus, I’ve translated some of the terms from B.M., fixed the inconsistent date formats, and fixed most of the ALL-CAPS words.

This list is current as of Aug 31, 2009 and you can view the complete banlist here at the Zoho Viewer website; no special program is needed. You can also download the Excel file from there, if you want to slice-and-dice it in your favourite spreadsheet program or database program.

Thanks to Erna for reminding me about this list.


katztales said...

I'm going to check out this list in a minute Lee Meng.

With fixing the typos etc etc, do you have a lot of time on your hands just now or are you just unable to leave crappy English unedited? :-)

Chan Lee Meng said...

A little bit of both, I guess. I only took about half an hour to write the program.

It was more a matter of waiting for the program to scrape the 145-odd pages from the website. That took about three hours. Fortunately, I didn't have to sit at the PC; that's what web-scraping programs are for! It also did most of the heavy lifting for translations, error corrections, etc.

Anonymous said...

Other sites seem to have books in their partial lists that are not listed here.

I'm not sure if the KDN's website is comprehensive or if their officers are compiling their own list of books to ban in addition to the ones here.