Malaysian government bans book on the Islamisation of Malaysia
|30th December 2017
See article from dailyexpress.com.my
Malaysia's Home Ministry has banned a book written by lawyer and DAP politician Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
A Federal Government gazette said the book, Assalamualaikum : Observations on the Islamisation of Malaysia , was banned.
order, citing the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, was signed by the Home Minister. The order said the book was likely to be prejudicial to public order as well as public interest and is likely to alarm public opinion.
A review of the
book published two years ago said it explores the nature of political Islamisation, its origins, its chief personalities, how it has grown and what it means for Malaysia.
Malaysian government bans the 11th political cartoon book by Zunar
October 2017 |
The Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, will be filing a legal challenge against the government censorship of his latest book.
This comes after it was announced that his 2015 cartoon book Sapuman - Man of
Steal had been banned under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
This is the 11th of his books banned by the government who clearly don't like the mockery.
Zunar is currently being prosecuted on 9 charges based on his
criticism of the government.
||5th August 2017 |
Malaysian book censors ban 8 books since March
See article from themalaysianinsight.com
Malaysia inevitably bans book about the country's shameful persecution of a blooger who made a bacon joke
||23rd April 2016 |
Five publications have been banned by the Malaysian Government as it was claimed that the books contain elements which could confuse easily confused muslims and cause moral harm.
In fact the government was trying silence criticism over the persecution
of young bloggers who made a minor joke about bacon.
The government book censors claimed that Alvin Tan's Sex, Pork, And Persecution: How's One Young Man's Fight Against Conformity Led to Imprisonment and Vilification was banned as it was
likely to be prejudicial to morality as it contained pornographic elements.
The publication of Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey As Told By Christian) was also banned for being supposedly prejudicial to morality as it contained pornographic
Three other books were also banned but these are not internationally known:
Orang Ngomong Anjing Gong Gong was banned for supposedly being detrimental to public order, security and morality as it contained elements against
the Malaysian norms and moral ethics.
Ajaran Makrifat Syekh Siti Jenar and Israk Mikraj: Tinjauan Saintifik Di Sebalik Kontroversi were banned as they were found to be prejudicial to public order and contained elements which could
confuse and harm the faith of Muslims.
It is an offence under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for anyone to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, issue, circulate, offer for sale and distribution, as well as to
possess such banned publications. Those convicted of the offence can be sentenced to a jail term of up to three years and a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or both.
Police seize book of cartoons lampooning the country's government
||23rd February 2015 |
See article from
In an escalating campaign of harassment, Malaysian authorities seized copies of a new volume of political cartoons by Zulkiflee Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar. In the past three weeks, police have confiscated three separate volumes of Zunar's cartoons
and detained him for four days on accusations of sedition in connection with critical posts he wrote on social media.
Police seized approximately 200 copies of Zunar's new book, ROS in Kangkong Land , while they were in transit to a launch
event scheduled to occur in Petaling Jaya city, according to news reports.
The book lampoons Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, and also touches on the trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who stands accused of
Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative explained:
The ongoing harassment and legal threats against cartoonist Zunar make a mockery of Malaysia's democracy. Prime Minister Najib Razak
should use his authority to stop the harassment of Zunar and the bogus sedition investigation against him and instead return his attention to reforming outdated laws like the Sedition Act that are too often abused to threaten and punish journalists.
|22nd February |
Banned sex education book, Where Did I Come From, by Peter Mayle
See article from bbc.co.uk
Malaysian officials have ordered book shops to stop selling a sex education book by British author Peter Mayle.
Where did I come from? is banned from sale pending a review, a Home Ministry statement seen by the BBC said. It will be
banned completely if it is if it is proven to contain elements harmful to public morals and corrupt people's minds , said the statement from a senior official on Tuesday.
The book's cover states it is the facts of life without any
nonsense . The illustrated book aims to help parents explain to children such topics as sex, conception and birth.
Deputy secretary for safety, Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, said in the statement: The ministry has obtained the co-operation of
book sellers around the country to immediately stop sales until the review is completed and the decision is made.
|7th October |
Malaysia bans political book
article from globalvoicesonline.org
Malaysia's Home Ministry has banned author Kim Quek's book The March To Putrajaya- Malaysia's New Era Is At Hand under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 as it may incite public hatred and anger .
The Malaysian Insider
reported that the Home Ministry Secretary General Mahmood Adam said that the book was banned because of its baseless accusations against national leaders, among others. He also went on to add that the printing, importing, publishing, reprint, sell,
distribute or offer to sell or in possession of such books is an offence punishable under the law .
Kim Quek has subsequently released a press statement denying that the book is not suitable for the public.
Throughout my book, one consistent theme is my appeal to everyone to be faithful and to defend the Constitution. Even on the much politicized Article 153, which has been deliberately and dishonestly misinterpreted to carry out all
sorts of racist agenda and therefore has attracted much misgivings, I have only words of praise for it.
I welcome any criticism and open dialogue over any part of my book, as it is through honest discourse that we will
bring benefit to the nation.
As for the Ministry's ban over my book, I reserve my right to take the necessary legal recourse to protect my constitutional rights.
|31st January |
Malaysian court unbans book bout challenges facing muslim women
26th January 2010. Based on article from
Free speech advocates have been rejoicing after a Malaysian court quashed a government ban on a book about the challenges facing Muslim women.
We were hoping, we were praying that this would mark a good day for all Malaysians, said
Professor Norani Othman, the editor of the banned book, Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism , a collection of essays by international scholars. It's a good day for academic freedom.
In July 2008, the Ministry
of Home Affairs banned the book, published in 2005 by Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian nongovernmental organization, on the grounds that it was prejudicial to public order and that it could confuse Muslims, particularly Muslim women.
in Islam filed a judicial review in the Kuala Lumpur High Court in December 2008 on the basis that the ban was unconstitutional because it infringed upon freedom of speech and religion and gender equality.
Justice Mohamad Ariff Yusof said that he
had failed to find that the facts of the case supported the decision to ban the book on the grounds that it could disrupt public order: There are just seven pages of text which are objected to out of 215 pages in the book, he said. The book
itself was in circulation for over two years in Malaysia before the minister decided to ban it.
He ordered the government to pay court costs incurred by Sisters in Islam.
Noor Hisham Ismail, the senior federal counsel who represented
the ministry, said he could not yet say whether the government would appeal the decision.
Professor Norani, the book's editor and a sociologist at the National University of Malaysia, said she was overjoyed by the decision and hoped that it would
encourage others to produce books that questioned the politicization of Islam.
Update: 'Obvious Errors'
31st January 2010. Based on
article from malaysiakini.com
Muslims have been advised to stay away from book, Muslim Women and The Challenge of Islamic Extremism
. It can create doubt and disharmony among the people in the country, according to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM).
Its director general, Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz Wan Mohamad said the contents of the book
contravened the Islamic Publication Materials Censorship Guidelines issued by Jakim in 1996.
Several obvious errors were found (in the book), he said in a statement today. He said among others, the book stated that Islamic family laws and
Syariah criminal laws were promoting prejudice and discrimination against women.
The book also questioned the fatwa institution and the ban on non-Islamic scholars from discussing Islamic issues. It also promoted the re-interpretation of the
verses in the Quran, especially those on gender bias, he said.
|30th October |
Malaysian court case arguing whether state censors can ban books about religion
The ban on a book published by Sisters in Islam (SIS) is illegal, irrational, and inconsistent with the Federal Constitution, the Malaysian High Court heard.
SIS also contended that then Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who ordered
the ban, had no authority to do so.
In their submissions, counsel for SIS Malik Imtiaz Sarwar and K. Shanmuga told Justice Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof that under the constitutional framework, Islam was a state matter and as such, fell exclusively
within the purview of the state governments.
The minister does not have the requisite legal competence and/or authority to arrive at conclusions on matters pertaining to Islam. It would be necessary for the state religious authorities to have
firstly concluded on the matter (where it pertains to Islam) before the minister could exercise his discretion, Malik Imtiaz said at the first day of hearing yesterday, adding that these pre-conditions were not met.
On Dec 15 last year, SIS
Forum (Malaysia) had applied for leave for a judicial review of an order banning the 215-page book entitled Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism. It is a compilation of essays based on research by renowned international scholars and
activists, and the book was edited by sociologist Prof Noraini Othman of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Institute of Malaysia and International Studies.
The ministry had banned the book under Section 7 of the Printing Presses and Publications
Act 1984 on grounds that it was 'prejudicial to public order' .
Hearing continues on Nov 18.
|18th August |
Malaysian book censors ban 2 more books about islam
Based on article from
Malaysia's state censors have banned two books on Islam saying they gave a misleading view of the religion.
The Home Ministry banned the English-language Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism and the Malay-language Strange but True in Prayers.
An official with the ministry's publishing unit confirmed that the books had been banned but did not elaborate.
The activist group Sisters in Islam, which published the book on Muslim women, criticized the ban. Norhayati Kaprawi, an
official with the group, said the book was an academic work in which female activists and scholars studied the impact of extremism on Muslim women's lives: For me, it's very ironic that the book itself is a victim of extremism. Does that mean women
cannot even discuss extremism? What do they want us to do? Lie down and shut up?
|31st January |
Malaysian book censors ban 11 books about islam
From the BBC see
Malaysia has banned 11 books for allegedly giving a false portrayal of Islam, such as by linking the religion to terrorism and the mistreatment of women.
The government ordered the books, most of them released by U.S. publishers, to be
blacklisted earlier this month because they are not in line with what we call the Malaysian version of Islam, said Che Din Yusoh, an official with the Internal Security Ministry's publications control unit.
Some of them ridicule Islam
as a religion, or the facts are wrong about Islam, like associating Islam with terrorism ... or saying Islam mistreats women, he said. Once you mention something which is not correct, it's not proper.
The banned books include eight
English-language ones, such as The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and its Role in Terrorism, Secrets of the Quran: Revealing Insights Into Islam's Holy Book and Women in Islam. There are also three books written in the
local Malay language.
Government authorities regularly review the contents of books and publications that could have sensitive material, mostly regarding religion and sex, Che Din said.