Published: Tuesday May 29, 2012 MYT 4:42:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 29, 2012 MYT 8:23:50 PM
Director detained for publishing Irshad’s book
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on Tuesday raided a publishing house in Petaling Jaya and detained its director over the publication of a controversial book by liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji.
Twenty Jais enforcement officers also confiscated 180 copies of the book 'Allah, Liberty and Love' from the premises in the 11.30am raid.
Jais acting director Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad confirmed the seizure and arrest when contacted.
The company's director was arrested under Section 16(1)(a) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment for allegedly publishing contentious material against Syariah law.
He was later released on a RM1,800 bail with one surety by Syariah Magistrate's Court judge Shahrudin Selamat.
Mohd Shahzihan also gave Jais two months to prepare its case against the company and its director.
The Home Ministry has banned the book and its translated version 'Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta' as it contradicted the Quran and Hadith.
The ministry decided to ban the book by Ugandan-born Canadian writer Irshad Manji under Section 7 Subsection 1 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, which prohibits materials deemed "offensive or morally prejudicial".
Irshad is also known to openly support the lesbian, gay and bisexual and transsexual lifestyles.
Her previous book The Trouble With Islam Today was banned in Malaysia in 2009.