|Court of Appeal: Banning of book 'outrageous, irrational'|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 09:51am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
By TERENCE TOH
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal challenging the lifting of a ban on the book "Muslim Women and the Challenges of Extremism', published by Sisters in Islam (SIS).
A three-member panel chaired by Justice Abdul Wahab Patail upheld a decision by the High Court on Jan 25, 2010 to lift the ban on the book.
Justice Abdul Wahab said the former Home Minister's satisfaction that the book was prejudicial to public order without any clear evidence of any prejudicial events occuring was in "outrageous defiance of logic," and and fell within the realm of irrationality.
He added that even if the book had breached JAKIM guidelines, as submitted by the counsel for then Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar (the appellant), this did not address the issue of whether the book was prejudicial to public order.
Syed Hamid had made the decision to ban the book on Jan 2 2008.
The book, published in Oct 2005, is a compilation of essays based on research carried out by international scholars and 18 women activists.
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