|Court upholds lifting of Home Ministry ban on SIS book|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 10:15am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has dismissed a Home Ministry appeal challenging the lifting of a ban on a book deemed prejudicial to public order.
A three-man bench chaired by Court of Appeal judge Justice Abdul Wahab Patail upheld a High Court decision on Jan 25, 2010 to quash the ban on Muslim Women and the Challenges of Extremism, published by Sisters in Islam (SIS) Forum (Malaysia) in October 2005.
The other two judges were Justices Mah Weng Kwai and Clement Alan Skinner. Justice Skinner was not present in court as he was in Kota Kinabalu.
Delivering his grounds of judgment, Justice Abdul Wahab said former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar’s contention that the book was prejudicial to public order without any clear evidence of these prejudicial events was in “outrageous defiance of logic” and fell within the realm of irrationality.
He added that even if the book had been in breach of Jakim (Islamic Development Department) guidelines, this did not address the issue of whether the book was prejudicial to public order.
The panel awarded RM20,000 in costs to SIS.
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