Zunar’s book breached guidelines, says minister

THE authorities decided to reject the application by cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque for a publishing permit for his book Gedung Kartun because it breached the guidelines of the Printing Press and Publications Act 1984.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the book could potentially harm public order and national security.
“The book’s contents had elements of prejudice and speculation, including baseless allegations that can invoke public hatred and anger towards the Government,” he said in a written reply to N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR - Padang Serai).
The cartoonist, also known as Zunar, was arrested last month under the Sedition Act for publishing books considered detrimental to public order.
Police also raided his office in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 24 and seized 70 copies of his latest book Cartoon-o-phobia, hours before it was scheduled to be launched.
The ministry also banned his three other books – 1 Funny Malaysia, Perak Darul Kartun and Isu Dalam Kartun.
On Oct 9, Zulkiflee obtained leave to challenge a decision to ban two comic books written by him.
On a separate matter, Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected an emergency motion from Chong Chieng Jen (DAP - Bandar Baru Kuching) for a debate on the issue of a timber company which was involved in an alleged land grab from the Ibans.
Pandikar Amin said the matter was under the state’s jurisdiction.

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