Court quashes Home Ministry’s ban on ‘Gay Is OK!’ book.

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02/22/2022

A local book titled Gay is OK! A Christian Perspective can now be sold in Malaysia after the High Court here quashed a ban on the book that was implemented by the Home Ministry in 2020. Lawyer Michael Cheah Ern Tien, who represented the book’s writer Ngeo Boon Lin, confirmed that judge Datuk Noorin Badaruddin granted Ngeo and publishing company Gerakbudaya’s founder Chong Ton Sin a judicial review today. According to the grounds of judgment shared by Cheah, the court found that there was no “evidence or legal factual basis for the minister’s justification which forms the basis of the ban” — in reference to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin. The judge also said that it was unlikely that the book was “prejudicial to public order”, as the Home Ministry had failed to show evidence of such prejudice in the past seven years and more that the book has been in circulation.

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