Home ministry bans 8 ‘immoral, disturbing’ books

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Source: The Malaysian Insight 

THE Home Ministry (KDN) has gazetted a ban on eight publications which contents disturb the mind, pose a threat to public peace, go against moral teachings, and are obscene, said KDN secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim today.

He said the prohibition order for the eight books was issued under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (Act 301).

“The order stipulates that the printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of that publication is absolutely prohibited in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

Alwi said five publications were found to have content contradictory to the teachings of Islam as practised in Malaysia.“Such publications are also found to be capable of confusing the public and categorised as deviating from the true teachings of Islam,” he said.

The five publications are  “Isu Semasa Dalam Risalah: Hukum Barat Pun Islam”, “Isu Semasa Dalam Risalah: Konsep Kebebasan dan Agama”, “Menuju Reformasi Perundangan Islam”, “Zainab Srikandi Cucu Baginda Muhammad S.A.W.” and “Imam Mahdi Yang Ditunggu Dan Malapetaka Akhir Zaman”.

Alwi said two other publications had insulted Islam and Malaysia.

“The two publications can give a negative impression of our national security.

He was referring to “Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & The Jews” and “From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching for Another Malaysia.”

The last prohibited title is “Saucy Seaside Postcards” which contains elements of sex and obscene photographs that is unsuitable to the Malaysian way of life, he said.