NLB pulls another 130 titles by publisher of controversial series on religion and history

The National Library Board (NLB) will be withdrawing a series of Malay language books from its libraries "immediately", after concerns about their contents were raised.
The National Library Board (NLB) will be withdrawing a series of Malay language books from its libraries "immediately", after concerns about their contents were raised.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The National Library Board (NLB) has said that it is pulling off its shelves another 130 titles by the Malaysian publisher which produced a series on history and religion which contained anti-Semitic rhetoric and seemed to glorify violence in the name of Islam.

On Thursday, the NLB was asked by the Government to review its vetting process for sensitive and divisive content after concerns were raised on how copies of the Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi (Religion, Civilisation And Archaeology) series had been available in the junior non-fiction section in libraries since 2013. The series was published in Malaysia by Sinar Cemerlang.

On Friday, NLB said that it has "130 other titles from the same publisher in our libraries. We are conducting a review of all these titles. They will not be available for loan while the review is underway. We are reviewing other titles by the publisher to ensure that they are suitable for our readers".