Joint Statement by Civil Society (and individuals) on Book Banning, Thought Control and Academic Meddling

  • To end all harassments, investigations and charges on Dr. Farouk Musa, IRF and their past and future intellectual guests;
  • To lift the ban of the abovementioned books as well as other books that promote intellectual discourses and moderation;
  • To abolish the Printing Presses and Publications Act and to replace it with a human-rights-compliant publication law;
  • To uphold Freedom of Expression, as enshrined in Article 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution and to end all thought policing on academics and academia;
  • Endorsed by : Organisations
    1. Aliran
    2. Amateur
    3. Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh
    4. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN)
    5. Article 19
    6. Baramkini
    7. BEBAS
    8. Buku Jalanan Kajang
    9. Buku Jalanan Seremban
    10. Buku Jalanan UIA
    11. Buku Jalanan Rembau
    12. Buku Jalanan Shah Alam
    13. Centre for Independent Journalism
    14. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0)
    15. ENGAGE
    16. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)
    17. G25
    18. Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm)
    19. Himpunan Hijau
    20. Institute for Leadership and Development Studies (LEAD)
    21. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
    22. Jawantankuasa bertindak kuala lumpur tak nak insinerator (KTI)
    23. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)
    24. Kairos Dialogue Network
    25. Kedai Buku Mak Ali
    26. Kelab Bangsar Utama (KBU)
    27. Kelas Pencerahan
    28. Kolektif Ketepi
    29. KuBu (Kuliah Buku) UIA
    30. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
    31. Lingkaran Islam Traditional (LIT)
    32. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
    33. Malaysia Design Archive
    34. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
    35. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)
    36. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
    37. Malaysia Youth & Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)
    38. Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
    39. Merdeka University Bhd
    40. Monash University Malaysia Staff Association (MUMASA)
    41. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
    42. National Human Rights Society (HAKAM)
    43. Oriental Heart’s and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
    44. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)
    45. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor & KL
    46. Persatuan Kakitangan Akademik Universiti Malaya (PKAUM)
    47. Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (PROHAM)
    48. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)
    49. Projek Dialog
    50. Pusat KOMAS
    51. Research For Social Advancement (REFSA)
    52. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
    53. Sahabat Rakyat
    54. Save Rivers
    55. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
    56. Sisters in Islam (SIS)
    57. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
    58. Tenaganita
    59. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
    60. Teori Timur
    61. Tindak Malaysia
    62. Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda
    63. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
    Individuals  (Please note that the following institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the institutions)
    1. Emeritus Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahman Embong, National University of Malaysia
    2. Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, University of Malaya
    3. Edmund Terence Gomez, University of Malaya
    4. Distinguished Prof. Chong Kok Boon, Chongqing Education Commision
    5. Ismail Mohd.
    6. Khoo Boo Teik, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo
    7. Living Lee Chai Peng, University of Malaya
    8. Sharmani Patricia Gabriel, University of Malaya
    9. Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore
    10. Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda, Gerak Exco
    11. Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    12. Prof. Azmi Sharom, University of Malaya
    13. Prof Faisal S. Hazis, National University of Malaysia
    14. Prof. Dr Helen Ting, National University of Malaysia
    15. Prof. Isham Pawan Ahmad, International Islamic University
    16. Prof. Khoo Gaik Cheng, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    17. Prof. Lee Hwok Aun, ISEAS
    18. Prof. Rosli Mahat, Formerly University of Malaya
    19. Prof. Sumit Mandal, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    20. Prof. Uma Devi Palanisamy, Monash University Malaysia
    21. Prof. Leong Kar Yen, Tamkang University, Taiwan
    22. Prof. Fadzilah Din, International Islamic University Malaysia
    23. Andrew Aeria, Aliran
    24. Ang Sze Wei, University of Hong Kong
    25. Ariffin S M Omar, Senator
    26. Azmil Tayeb, Aliran
    27. Cecilia Ng, formerly Universiti Putra Malaysia
    28. Chan Chee Khoon, Formerly University of Science Malaysia
    29. Chandra Muzaffar, Yayasan 1Malaysia
    30. Charis Quay Huei Li, Université Paris-Sud.
    31. Christopher Chong Eu Choong, Aliran
    32. Fiona Lee, University of Sydney
    33. Francis Loh Kok Wah, Aliran
    34. Irma Ismail
    35. Johan Ariffin Samad
    36. Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Fellow, NTU
    37. Julian Hopkins, Monash University Malaysia
    38. Khairil Izamin Ahmad, International Islamic University Malaysia
    39. KJ John, OHMSI
    40. Lai Suat Yan, Gerak
    41. Lim Chee Han, Penang Institute
    42. Lim Teck Ghee, Formerly University of Malaya
    43. Lyana Khairuddin, University of Oxford
    44. Mary Cardosa, Consultant, Hospital Selayang
    45. Maszlee Malik, International Islamic University Malaysia
    46. Maznah Mohamad, National University of Singapore
    47. Mahyuddin Ahmad, University of Science Malaysia
    48. Muhammad Adli Musa, International Islamic University
    49. Muhammad Irwan Ariffin, International Islamic University
    50. Mustafa K Anuar, Penang Institute
    51. Ngo Sheau Shi, University of Science Malaysia
    52. Ngu Ik Tien, University of Malaya
    53. Ong Kian Ming, Penang Institute
    54. Ong Kok Chung
    55. Patricia Martinez, formerly University of Malaya
    56. Phoon Wing Keong, Vice President, Malaysian Chinese Research Centre
    57. Por Heong Hong, University of Malaya
    58. Prema Devaraj, President of Aliran
    59. Ramy Bulan, University of Malaya
    60. Show Ying Xin, Amateur
    61. Simon Soon
    62. Sivin Kit, Director of Centre for Religion and Society
    63. Tan Beng Hui, Independent researcher
    64. Toh Kin Woon, Penang Institute
    65. Wong Chin Huat, Penang Institute
    66. Wu Yu Ping, National University of Singapore
    67. Yeoh Seng Guan, Monash University Malaysia
    68. Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim, Former KSU of Ministry of Finance.
    69. Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Former Sec-Gen of the Malaysian Ministry of Transport
    70. Dato’ Seri Mohd Hishamuddin Yunus, Former Court of Appeal Judge
    71. Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir
    72. Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of HAKAM
    73. Dato’ Azzat Kamaludin, Advocate and Solicitor
    74. Dato’ Dennis Ignatius, Former High Commissioner to Canada
    75. Dato’ KJ Abraham, OHMSI Advisor
    76. Dato’ Mohd Ariff Yusof, Former Appeals Court Judge
    77. Dato’ Noor Farida Ariffin, G25 and former ambassador to the Netherlands
    78. Dato’ Redzuan Kushairi, Former Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Member of the Royal Council State of Perak
    79. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Youth Academy
    80. Dato’ Syed Ahmad Aidid, Former high court judge and member of G25
    81. Ahmad Fuad Rahmat, Projek Dialog
    82. Altaf Deviyati, Lingkaran Islam Tradisional (LIT)
    83. Altaf Ismail, IMAN
    84. Alwyn Goh, Senior Staff Researcher
    85. Amin Ahmad, LEAD
    86. Andrew Khoo
    87. Anil Netto, Aliran
    88. Azmyl Yunor, Sunway University
    89. Azrul Mohd Kalib, BEBAS
    90. Beverly Joeman, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia
    91. Carole Chung, Concerned Citizen
    92. Chan Yit Fei, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
    93. Chang Teck Peng, Former lecturer at New Era College
    94. Chong Ton Sin, SIRD
    95. Chua Kim Boon, President of Selangor State Dongzong
    96. Dina Zaman, Writer
    97. Ehsan Shahwahid, Islamic Renaissance Front
    98. Eugene Yapp, Executive Director, Kairos Dialogue Network
    99. Faridah Stephens
    100. George John, Independent Investor
    101. Gopal Sundaram, Former Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia
    102. Henry Loh, Aliran
    103. Ho Yock Lin, Immediate Past President of All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
    104. Ismail Hashim, Universiti Selangor
    105. Ivy Josiah, Former SUHAKAM Commissioner
    106. Jahabar Sadiq, Editor
    107. Jannie Lasimbang, Former SUHAKAM Commissioner
    108. Jasmine Ng, OHMSI Advisor
    109. Josh Hong, Writer
    110. Kassim Muhamad, PAKSI
    111. Kee Thuan Chye, Writer
    112. Liau Kok Fah, Chairperson of Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH
    113. Lim Hong Siang, Writer
    114. Maria Chin Abdullah, Chairperson of Bersih 2.0
    115. Masjaliza Hamzah, Human rights advocate
    116. Muhammad Afiq Bin Mohamad Noor, Lingkaran Islam Tradisional
    117. Nathaniel Tan, Writer
    118. Ng Yap Hwa, Executive Director of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
    119. Nidhal Mujahid, Penang Institute
    120. Ong Kok Hin, Penang Institute
    121. Ong Lai Mun, ENGAGE
    122. Rama Ramanathan, ENGAGE
    123. Ramli Abdul Samad
    124. Ratna Osman, Sisters in Islam
    125. Rozana Isa, Sisters in Islam
    126. Seah Hong Yee, ENGAGE
    127. Sivarajan Arumugam
    128. Susan Loone, Journalist
    129. Tang Ah Chai, Chief Secretary of KLSCAH
    130. Tan Kong Beng, OHMSI Advisor
    131. Tan Yew Sing, Former President of KLSCAH
    132. Tarmizi Anuwar, Kelas Pencerahan
    133. Terence Fernandez, Media Specialist
    134. Thomas Fann, Chairman of ENGAGE
    135. Gayathry, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    136. Vince Tan Hoo She, Youth Progressives of Malaysia
    137. Wang Lay Kim, University of Science Malaysia
    138. Xifu Abdul Naser Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh
    139. Yalini Easvaralingam, Independent researcher
    140. Yee I-Iann, Artist
    141. Yeong Pey Jung, Penang Institute
    142. Yong Yew Wei, Vice President of KLSCAH
    143. Zairil Khir Johari, Penang Institute
    144. Zakiah Koya, Journalist
    145. Zamri Vinod, Presiden Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh Msia
    146. Zurairi AR, Journalist
      Chronology of Intellectual Crackdown Since September 25 September 25
    • A forum organized by Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) at Nottingham University Malaysia titled “The Islamic Jesus” featuring Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol was cancelled under the pressure of Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI)
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/25/turkish-author-departs-malaysia-after-jawi-pressure-to-cancel-forum/
    • The arrest of Mustafa Akyol in KLIA before his departure and subsequent detention for 17 hours for “religious teaching without tauliah (proper accreditation)” under Section 11 of the Shariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/opinion/mustafa-akyol-detention-malaysia.html September 28
    • The gazette banning of the 21 Books in one day (decision by Home Minister on September 6) which include Mustafa Akyol’s books, “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty” and its Malay translation “Islam Tanpa Keekstreman: Berhujah Untuk Kebebasan”
    http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20170928_P.U.%20(A)%20282.pdf
    • “Wacana Pemikiran Reformis” (Jilid I & Jilid II) edited by Dr Farouk Musa, Executive Director of IRF
    http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20170928_P.U.%20(A)%20283.pdf
    • “Aku __ maka Aku ada” by Faisal Tehrani (Dr Mohd Faizal Musa), researcher at UKM
    http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20170928_P.U.%20(A)%20279%202017.pdf
    • “Ulama yang bukan Pewaris Nabi” by Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Hussin, clergy-politician
    http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20170928_P.U.%20(A)%20284.pdf October 2
    • IRF Chairman Dr Farouk Musa is charged for abetting Mustafa Akyol to give “religious teaching without tauliah (proper accreditation)” under Section 43 Act 559 of Shariah Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.
    https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/16865/ October 3
    • Sapuman: Man of Steal by political cartoonist Zunar is banned
    http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20171003_P.U.%20(A)%20299.pdf]]>