Home Ministry bans 21 publications ranging in topic from religion to homosexuality

Home Ministry bans 21 publications ranging in topic from religion to homosexuality

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has banned 21 publications deemed to contain elements which could “adversely affect public order and thinking.”

The books include Isu Semasa Dalam Risalah: Kahwin Campur Antara Muslim Dengan Non-Muslim; Islam and Homosexuality Volume 1; Mencontohi Para Wali; Syi’ar Manifestasi Tuhan Dalam Wanita; Kissing Cousins? Christians and Muslims Face to Face; What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East; and Lesbian Sex Positions: 100 Passionate Positions from Intimate and Sensual to Wild and Naughty.

The others are Mereka Adalah Teroris (Sebuiah Tinjauan Syariat); Ibnu Taimiyah: Rekam Jejak Sang Pembaharu; Kitab Berlian Syahadat; Sejarah Syeikh Abdul Wahab Tuan Guru Babussalam, Primbon Wanita dan Tafsir Mimpi; Nabiyyurahmah Min Minzoril Qurani Wa Ahlil Bayt; Misteri Alam Arwah: Persiapan Menjelang Ajal dan Kisah-Kisah Mayat; 1,000 Hikmat, Senjata Mukmin; and Sabda Rasulullah SAW: Mahdi Aku Ada Dua Tanda.

Also in the list of banned publications are A Treasury of Asian Literature; Nomad: From Islam to America a Personal Journey Through The Clash of Civilisations; Sexual Intimacy For Women – A Guide For Same-Sex Couples; and The Whole Lesbian Sex Book – A Passionate Guide For All of Us.

Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said the ban was instituted according to Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984, as the content of the publications could “cause disturbance to the public.”

“All publications can harm and confuse the public, especially the younger generations, and some are categorized as conflicting with the teachings of Islam.

“The books also contain elements that are detrimental to morality, harm the public interest and the national interest.

“It is an offence for any party to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, issue, circulate, distribute or possess these banned publications,” he said in a statement today.

According to Section 8(2) of the act, if found guilty, an offender could face imprisonment not exceeding three years, or a fine of not more than RM20,000, or both.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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