Uh-oh, Malaysian author Ernest Ng might have gotten himself into trouble.
The 2nd book in his popular series “Bro, Don’t Like That La, Bro” was taken off bookshelves at Popular Bookstore outlets in Singapore yesterday (Wednesday, 12th October) after several parents complained about its inappropriate content.
The book, “My Bad Bromance” was deemed to be unsuitable for young kids as it contained several references to the male genitals. Popular Bookstore said that it took “immediate action to ensure that the book has been removed from our shelves” after receiving a huge amount of complaints from concerned parents.
In a statement dated today (Thursday, 13th October), the bookstore said that the book is meant to be for those aged 18 and above, and each copy came with a “mature content” warning to inform the public. It was also placed under the “Local Interest” category in the adults section.
The bookstore apologised for the misunderstanding, stating, “We understand the concerns of the public regarding the sale of the book in our stores. Popular takes any feedback from the public seriously and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. (We will) comply with any future advisories on appropriate retail measures.”
Ng also commented on the issue on his personal Facebook page, thanking those who messaged him about the fiasco. He also informed the public that everything is “under control”.