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Malaysia:follow up re attacks on Sisters In Islam

Wednesday 27 January 2010, by siawi2

KUALA LUMPUR: The SIS Forum (Malaysia) succeeded in throwing out the
Home Minister’s order banning its 215-page book, Muslim Women and the
Challenges of Islamic Extremism.

High Court judge Justice Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof on Monday ruled that the
book did not disturb public order.

Former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar had ordered the book
banned two years after it had been in circulation.

On Dec 15 2008, SIS Forum applied for leave for a judicial review to
quash an order banning the book, a compilation of essays based on
research carried out by renowned international scholars and activists.

On Aug 26 last year, the court granted leave to challenge the banning of
the book in an application that named Syed Hamid as the sole respondent.

His laywer had said Hamid Albar had the discretion to ban the book as
the publication contradicted the guidelines of the Islamic Development
Department of Malaysia (Jakim) and Islamic teachings.

He had added that the minister had acted in accordance with law in
banning the book as it was prejudicial to public order, and that it
tried to explain the Islamic teachings according to the writer’s own
views which would confuse Muslims.