PUTRAJAYA, Nov 8 — The Home Ministry (KDN) has gazetted a prohibition order against three publications for content which could be detrimental to morality, effective Oct 12.

The three books are ‘Chelsia Amanda (Berdasarkan Kisah Benar)’, ‘Heartstopper Volume 2’ and ‘Cekik’ and the prohibition order was issued under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (Act 301).

As such, any printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of the said publications is strictly prohibited in Malaysia, it said in a statement today.

KDN said the book ‘Chelsia Amanda (Berdasarkan Kisah Benar)’ contains obscene and immoral content that contradicts the cultural values and social norms of Malaysian society, which places great emphasis on decency.

Meanwhile, the contents of the publications titled ‘Heartstopper Volume 2’ and ‘Cekik’ were viewed as an attempt to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and contained obscene elements, which goes against religious and cultural sensitivities in the country.

According to KDN, those who violated the order can be imprisoned for up to three years or fined not exceeding RM20,000 or both under Section 8(2) of Act 301.

Complaints regarding such publications can be made to the ministry’s enforcement and control division at 03-88868047, faxed to 03-88891682 or via the website http://moha.spab.gov.my.


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