No ban on Lee Kuan Yew’s book, says Malaysian minister

09Dec11

The Hard Truths and Islam controversy hasn’t quite died down yet.  Now the book is banned in Malaysia, or is it?  AsiaOne:

The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) has not banned a book by former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew that allegedly offends Muslims.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said Jakim had no authority to ban any book.

“That can only be done by the Home Ministry,” he said, commenting on a news portal report that Jakim had banned Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going.

The book, a collection of interviews published in January, was reportedly included in a list of 15 declared haram by Jakim. …

“Jakim only gives its views,” said Jamil Khir, adding that Lee’s book was still being reviewed by a censorship committee on publications with Islamic elements, chaired by Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria.

 

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