Malaysia: ‘Fifty Shades’ books banned


The Home Ministry in Malaysia has banned the popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotica trilogy, citing reasons of morality, after previously prohibiting the screening of the movie adaptation locally.

The order under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 dated 24 February 2015 banned the printing, publication and even ownership of the romance novels by British author EL James featuring sadomasochism — “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — throughout the country, three years after the books have been available in stores.

“The printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of the publication described in the Schedule, which is likely to be prejudicial to morality, are absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in the order.

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