Malaysian book ban



A NEW book aimed at promoting moderate Islam and countering increasing religious conservatism in Malaysia, has been banned.

Signed by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said that printing or possessing the book was "likely to be prejudicial to public order" and "likely to alarm public opinion," has caused outrage by activists and authors alike, Singapore’s the newpaper has reported.

The book, Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation - Islam In A Constitutional Democracy, is a collection of essays whose publication was organised by a group of prominent Muslim Malaysians pushing a more tolerant form of Islam.

According to the article, Malaysia routinely bans books, movies and songs that may contain sensitive material regarding religion or sex, but critics say the government has been clamping down harder in recent times.

Anyone breaching the ban on the book - which was published in Singapore - can be jailed for up to three years.

Click here for the report at the newpaper.

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