Increased dhimmitude in Malaysia as Borders bookstore wants better banned books guidelines after raid. As for Irshad Manji, hers is an Islam of her own invention. As Islamization grows, both here and abroad, she can come to expect the same treatment as that which is meted out to any blasphemer, hypocrite or heretic under the sharia.
Borders Malaysia wants better banned books guidelines after raid Bikyamaser June 29, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: International book store chain Borders in Malaysia has called on the Home Ministry and the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) to clearly establish and delineate the decisions to ban books in the country.
“The issue here is not about Borders wanting to challenge the order to ban the book made on May 29,” said Berjaya Books COO Yau Su Peng in a statement, in reference to Muslim Canadian author Irshad Manji’s latest book “Allah, Liberty and Love” that was banned in Malaysia.
“The fundamental issue here is about Jawi’s action against a Borders employee to the extent of charging her in court even before a ban had been officially gazetted and announced,” added Yau.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court last Sunday granted Borders leave for a judicial review proceedings against Jawi’s raid, search and seizure of Irshad Manji’s controversial books at a Borders bookstore on May 23.
Malaysia’s Minister in charge of religious affairs has defended the raid on a Borders bookstore in Kuala Lumpur.
The raid resulted in seeing the bookstore manager being charged in the Syariah court for distributing and selling the book that is now banned.
Malaysia’s Minister in charge of religious affairs, Jamil Khir Baharom, has come out to defend the action. He said, “The country has laws, we have rules and regulation. We will answer in court.”
His deputy said parties involved should have known the book was banned, since her department had already advised the Home Ministry (KDN) that it considers the book “un-Islamic.”
Masitah Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in charge of Islamic affairs, argued, “We did our part, if Borders wants to sue, we will see them in court. She should be responsible for distributing something that’s against Islam. Our part from Jawi is that we’ve give our comments, we should prevent things that go against Islam. Other than that, the store manager, etc., they have to deal with KDN.”
The book was banned because officials in Malaysia said it went against Islamic teachings, but activists and others told Bikyamasr.com they believe Manji’s book was banned because she is a lesbian.
Bookstore manager 36-year-old Nik Raina Nik Aziz was charged this week at the Syariah court for distributing and selling the book.
If convicted, she could be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for two years.
The company said Nik Raina has been victimized and is demanding that the charge against her be dropped.
In fact, the notice only came from the Home Ministry a week later.