On 22 February, the KL High Court squashed a book ban order against the book ‘Gay is OK! A Christian Perspective’ that was implemented by the Home Ministry in 2020.
According to the judgement by the High Court, it was found that there was no “evidence or legal factual basis for the minister’s justification which forms the basis of the ban”, in reference to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
“He (the Home Minister) needs to keep in mind that the disputed book is related to the question that arises regarding homosexuality from the point of view of Christianity,”
“After reading the book and evaluating it from an objective point of view, this court is of the view that the book contain the views of the author as a Christian.”
“True or not, referring to the author’s views, the book should be limited to that religion only even though there are some subjective views, evaluations and perceptions from the author,” said Judge Datuk Noorin Badaruddin.
In addition, the High Court’s decision also took into consideration the fact that the Home Minister’s party could not prove that the book had caused any disturbances of peace despite it being published for about 7 years now.
However, a group of 4 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) Negeri Sembilan, have lodged a police report regarding the publication of the book.
The other NGOs involved include Pertubuhan Al Ehsan Negeri Sembilan, Pertubuhan Kebajikan and Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Pekida) Negeri Sembilan.
The group was led by Sikamat State Assembly (DUN) Fighters Coordinator, Datuk Mohammad Hafiz Baharuddin, who lodge the police report to strongly reject the publication out of fear that it could distort the morals of society in Malaysia.
“This thing (Gay is OK!) doesn’t make sense and it is like a virus that needs to be eliminated before it spreads,”
“As a representative of Islamic NGOs, I will take this responsibility to prevent sentiments that threaten the faith and morals of the descendants of Malaysians,” he said.
He also called for the authorities to take action against the publishers as well as to prevent the publication of the book.
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