PUTRAJAYA, Dec 29 – Five publications were banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs as they contained elements which can confuse the Muslims and damage their faith, said secretary of the Publication and Al-Quran Text Control Division of the Home Ministry, Hashimah Nik Jaafar.
She said the five publications were The Teachings of the Quran; Baha’ullah And The New Era and Introduction to The Baha’i Faith; Detik-Detik Pembongkaran Agama: Mempopulerkan Agama Kebajikan Menggagas Pluralisme-Pembebasan; Jalan Yang Lurus: Kita Harus Meneroka Jalan Ini; and Tabut: Penjelasan Tentang Segala Sesuatu. She said this in a statement on Monday. She said the the ban on the publications was made under the Government Gazette P.U.(A) 270-274 dated Nov 26.
She said that the ban on the publication, The Teachings of the Quran was because it could alarm the people as it contained elements which could confuse the Muslims and contained deviationist interpretations. Meanwhile, the reasons for the ban on the four other publications were because ther could damage public peace and alarm the people as they contained elements which could confuse the Muslims and damage their faith, she said.
Hashimah added that the gazette on the ban was according to Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and it was an offence under Sub-section 2 of Section 8 of the Act. Anyone printing, importing, producing, reproducing, publishing, selling, distributing, offering to sell, and possessing any of the banned materials is committing an offence and upon conviction could be jailed up to three years or fined up to RM20,000 or both.