Malaysia: Three books banned for “harming morals”
Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) banned three books at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair, for “harming morals” under section 7 of the 1984 Printing Presses and Publication Act, news outlet Malay Mail Online reported on 6 May 2016.
One of the books was published by Amran Fans, a popular Facebook aggregator page, who told the news outlet that their book had none of the intentions the KDN determined and “actually poked fun at modern day love”.
The group posted the KDN letter on its Facebook page alerting fans that their book ‘#TheAmranFans’ was banned and would not be reprinted once stocks run out, but that the book was still available for purchase online. The group also stated that the book was not allowed to be sold in stores as of the week prior.
The two other books that were banned by the KDN were Maria Isabella’s ‘Uqasha: Nafsu’ and ‘Uqasha 2: Rahsia’.
» Photo of the KDN letter from Amran Fans Facebook page:
Photo at top of page of the book on display for sale from Kedai Fixi’s Facebook page
» Malay Mail Online – 6 May 2016:
Home Ministry bans books on modern love by Amran Fans
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