KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has banned four books authored by controversial novelist Faisal Tehrani as they were found to have contained Syiah elements.
The books are Sebongkah Batu di Kuala Berang published by PTS Litera Utama Sdn Bhd, Karbala published by Abeerden Books World, Tiga Kali Seminggu and Ingin Jadi Nasrallah, both published by Al-Ameen Serve Holdings Sdn Bhd.
The books also contravened the teachings of the Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
The Publication Prohibition Order, which took effect on April 1, was gazetted on the four books because it contained elements detrimental to public order and safety, said the Ministry’s Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division secretary Hasmimah Nik Jaafar.
The ban was also in accordance with Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses And Publications Act 1984.
According to subsection 2 of section 8 of the Act, anyone found to have printed, imported, sold and in possession of the banned books in the country, can be jailed not more than three years or fined not exceeding RM20,000, or both. – BERNAMA