Hornbill Unleashed

July 29, 2017

How is our book promoting moderation a threat to public order? G25 asks after Home Ministry ban

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said she was baffled by the Home Ministry ban on a book on Islam authored by G25. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Home Ministry has banned a book on Islam authored by G25, a pro-moderation group comprising mostly of former senior civil servants, purportedly for being prejudicial to public order.

The prohibition of the book, titled Breaking the Silence: Voices of a Moderation Islam in a Constitutional Democracy was made under the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No 12) Order 2017 and dated July 27, according to a notice on the Federal Government Gazette.

G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin was baffled by the book ban.

“How can a book containing articles written by respected academics, progressive Islamic scholars and social activists, promoting a moderate approach to Islam and discussing the place of Islam in our Federal Constitution, be considered a threat to public order?” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

The retired judge and a former diplomat pointed out that the book was first published and launched in December 2015.

She said the government should instead support the book because it promotes moderation.

“I have not heard of any incidents of public disorder caused by people who had read the book!” Noor Farida said.

She said the group would most likely ask for an explanation from the Home Ministry and to be shown the offending passage in the book.

“We are discussing our options but rest assured we will not allow this ban to go unchallenged,” she added.

The book, which supposedly speaks on the Islamic bureaucracy in Malaysia and the relations it had with the Federal Constitution, was published by Marshall Cavendish Singapore.

In its notice, the Federal Government Gazette stated that the printing, importation, production, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution, or possession of the publication is likely to be prejudicial to public interest, which is why it is prohibited throughout Malaysia.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by A. RUBAN



  1. Only guilty leaders are afraid of their own shadows. BN started off as a good coalition with well conceived plans for the nation but the Umno Baru elites had hijacked the BN agenda meant to benefit the people by enriching themselves and family members instead. These crooks even held the rural voters throughout the nation in ransom. For decades they tried to make the rural voters stupid and willing to sell their votes in exchange for basic amenities and other development.Then they taxed the people through all kinds of means after robbing and stealing from the rakyat

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — July 29, 2017 @ 7:53 PM | Reply

  2. G25 should know that Zakir Naik has done the damage.

    Comment by Hattan — July 29, 2017 @ 6:18 PM | Reply

  3. For every one rational Malay Muslim comment, he/she is shouted down by 20 who proclaim that everything a Muslim needs to know is enshrined in the Quran, and that mere mortals should follow it strictly, and that attempting to interpret the teachings using your otak is a mortal sin. UMNO and PAS has successfully produced a generation of mindless Muslim zombies with their control and dumbification policies. Zombies who live only in fear of Allah and do so mindlessly will not rally against corruption or kleptocracy after all.

    Comment by Nina — July 29, 2017 @ 1:21 PM | Reply

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