Ministry must justify its decision to ban 35 books
by Teresa Kok
I call on the Home Ministry to justify its decision to ban 35 books which
are deemed detrimental to public health.
According to the list reported in the NST two days ago, most if not all the
books are religious in nature and deal with Christian and Islamic theology.
The books that are banned have also been gazetted under the Printing Presses
and Publications Act 1984 (Amended 1987) and the Printing Presses and
Publications Regulations (Revenue Control from Undesirable Publications)
To arbitrarily ban the books without proper or acceptable guidelines is
unjustifiable and amounts to a violation of religious freedom. Moreover, did
the Home Ministry consult the various publishers and religious groups and
organizations concerned before deciding to ban the books?
The Home Ministry must therefore explain why it considers the books to be
detrimental to public health and why they are categorized as undesirable
Teresa Kok, MP
for Seputeh and Head of DAP NGO Affairs Bureau