The Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) has gazetted a prohibition order on the publication titled Album Gambar Sejarah Parti Komunis Malaya (1) which has been found to be promoting the struggles of the communists.
KDN secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim said the prohibition order dated Nov 26, 2018 was issued because the publication tried to disseminate erroneous and confusing facts about the communists and containing elements of raising support and sympathising with the communists who were said to have fought “tooth and nail” for independence.
“The prohibition order was imposed on the publication because there are contents which may be detrimental to public order and security and may distort the minds of the public,’’ he said.
Alwi said the prohibition order gazette under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 specified that the printing, importation, reproduction, publication, sale, production, circulation, distribution or possession of the publication is strictly prohibited in Malaysia.
In this regard, any individual perpetrating the act could be jailed not exceeding three years or fined not exceeding RM20,000 or both if found guilty as stipulated under Section 8(2) Act 301.