From Bernama :
The Home Ministry has issued a ban order on 397 book titles containing materials that could jeopardise public order and obscenity from 2000 to July 2009.The complete list of books gazetted as banned in Malaysia from 2000-2009 is online here. Most of the books are the predictable mix of sex manuals and titillation, and books on Islam which don't follow the official line.
Publication Control Division and Al-Quran Text Division principal assistant secretary Abdul Razak Abdul Latif said 190 of them contained materials that could jeopardise public order and 207 with immoral content.
He said 150 of the books were in Bahasa Malaysia followed by English (142), Mandarin (94), Tamil (nine) and Arabic (two).
Of 22 books banned until July this year, 13 were in Bahasa Malaysia while the rest in English, he said in a statement.
Among Bahasa Malaysia titles banned were Cinta Awak Dalam Sehari, Pengantin Remaja, 55 Masalah Seksual Yang Anda Malu Tanya, Rahsia Dalam Rahsia Di Sebalik Tirai Kamar Suami Isteri and Senggama Kubur.
English titles banned include those published abroad like The Jewel of Medina, The Trouble with Islam Today, Ibrahim a.s And Sarah and Qabil & Nabil.
Abdul Razak said individuals involved in printing, importing, publishing, selling, distributing the books can be charged under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 which carries a jail term up to three years and a fine up to RM20,000.
The list apparently includes The Jewel of Medina which is not unexpected (and of course there was a whole kerfuffle about it in Britain and elsewhere), but I can't seem to locate it on the list. (Can you?)
The book that I'm saddest about of course is the book edited by Noraini Othman and published by Sisters-in-Islam : Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism.
I see things in Malaysia as becoming less free every day - I almost coughed up a hairball when I read about the possibility that the internet in Malaysia be censored. Freedom of speech is vitally important and must be defended.