Library Consultative Panel supports move by NLB to remove controversial book series

(3 July 2017, Singapore)  Three weeks after the National Library Board (NLB) removed a controversial series of Malay language books for young people from its shelves, an independent panel tasked to review the eight titles said it supports the move as the series “has the potential of creating religious and racial tensions among readers and the community”.

The Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi (Religion, Civilisation And Archaeology) series, which had been available in the junior non-fiction section in libraries since 2013, was flagged in June for containing anti-Semitic rhetoric and seemingly glorifying violence in the name of Islam.

One book in the series, for example, contains a picture of a Muslim boy wearing what appears to be a suicide vest, surrounded by masked adults.

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