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PUTRAJAYA: The Home Min­istry has banned eight pub­li­ca­tions for con­tain­ing el­e­ments that can cause harm to pub­lic or­der and in­ter­est.

The min­istry also said the books were deemed to be detri­men­tal to moral­ity.

Five of the eight pub­li­ca­tions are Isu Se­masa Dalam Risalah: Hukum Barat Pun Is­lam, Isu Se­masa Dalam Risalah: Kon­sep Ke­be­basan Dan Agama, Menuju Re­for­masi Perun­dan­gan Is­lam, Zainab Srikandi Cucu Baginda S.A.W and Imam Mahdi Yang Di­tunggu Dan Malapetaka Akhir Za­man.

Home Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said an­other two pub­li­ca­tions were deemed to con­tain el­e­ments that in­sulted the Is­lamic faith and the coun­try.

“Both th­ese pub­li­ca­tions could cre­ate a neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tion in terms of na­tional se­cu­rity,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The ti­tles of the pub­li­ca­tions are Al-Yahud: Eter­nal Is­lamic En­mity and the Jews and From Ma­japahit to Putrajaya: Search­ing for An­other Malaysia.

The fi­nal pub­li­ca­tion ti­tled Saucy Sea­side Post­card, said Alwi, was banned as it con­tained porno­graphic el­e­ments and im­ages.

Alwi said it was an of­fence un­der sub­sec­tion 1 Sec­tion 7 of the Print­ing Presses and Pub­li­ca­tions Act 1984 for any­one to print, im­port, pro­duce, re­pro­duce, pub­lish, sell, issue, cir­cu­late, offer for sale and dis­tri­bu­tion, as well as to pos­sess banned pub­li­ca­tions.

He said those con­victed of the of­fence could be sen­tenced to a jail term of up to three years and a fine not ex­ceed­ing RM20,000, or both, un­der Sec­tion 8 of the act. Alwi also ad­vised the pub­lic to re­port any pub­li­ca­tions breach­ing the laws to the home min­istry’s Pub­li­ca­tion and Qu­ranic Texts Con­trol Di­vi­sion at 03-88868047 or fax at 0388891682.

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