G25 granted leave to challenge book ban


KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has granted the G25 group of eminent Malays leave to challenge the ban of its book, titled Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation – Islam in a Constitutional Democracy.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Md Said made the order in chambers in the presence of the parties on Tuesday.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan did not raise objections.

Counsel Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who acted for G25, told reporters later that the court had allowed the leave for judicial review and fixed Jan 23 for case management.

The group, comprising retired high-ranking civil servants led by Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, had filed a judicial review application against the ban in October last year. The ban, which was signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on June 14, 2017 and gazetted on July 27, 2017, came 19 months after the book's launch on Dec 5, 2015.