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Farish Noor's Book Among Eight Works On Islam Banned By Home Ministry

Farish A. Noor's book, 'From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching for Another Malaysia', were among eight books whose contents were deemed to pose a threat on public interest, public peace and morals as well as of being disturbing to the mind of the people.Farish A. Noor's book, 'From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching for Another Malaysia', were among eight books whose contents were deemed to pose a threat on public interest, public peace and morals as well as of being disturbing to the mind of the people.PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry (KDN) has gazetted prohibition orders against eight publications whose contents pose a threat on public interest, public peace and morals as well as being disturbing to the mind of the people.

Among the eight include one by prominent Muslim academic Farish A. Noor – From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching for Another Malaysia – a 333 page book first published in 2005.

Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said Farish's book and another book titled Al Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & The Jews carried elements that insulted the Islamic religion and the country.

"The two publications can give negative implications from the aspect of national security," he said referring to the title of the publication Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & The Jews and From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching for Another Malaysia.

Alwi said the gazette on the prohibition order 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 these publications is absolutely prohibited in Malaysia," he said in a statement today.

Alwi said five publications were found to contain facts that were confusing and contradictory to the teachings of Islam according to the Sunnah Wal Jamaah Sect practised in this country.

"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 publication is titled "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.

Meanwhile, another publication with the title Saucy Seaside Postcards whose contents or articles carried sexy elements and extremely obscene photographs was found to be unsuitable for the Malaysian way of life, he added.


— Bernama