Malaysia Bans Anti-Islam Books

Malaysia has banned 11 books for giving a false portrayal of Islam, such as
by linking the religion to terrorism and the mistreatment of women, an
official said Wednesday.
The government ordered the books–most of them released by US publishers– to
be blacklisted earlier this month “because they are not in line with what we
call the Malaysian version of Islam”, said Che Din Yusoh, an official with
the Internal Security Ministry’s publications control unit, AP reported.
“Some of them ridicule Islam as a religion, or the facts are wrong about
Islam, like associating Islam with terrorism … or saying Islam mistreats
women,” he said. “Once you mention something which is not correct, it’s not
proper.”
The banned books include eight English-language ones. There are also three
books written in the local Malay language.
It was not immediately clear whether the books have ever been on sale in
Malaysia, but government authorities regularly review the contents of books
and publications that could have sensitive material, mostly regarding
religion and sex, Che Din said.
About 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people are Muslims.

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