Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusof lodged a police report against her this morning, claiming she had breached Selangor enactments by proselytising to Muslims through through the book, ‘Becoming HANNAH’.
Yeoh has lodged a police report against Kamarul Zaman for allegedly defaming her and DAP by using the book, published in January 2015, to claim the party has a “Christian agenda”.
The Amanah leader also said he found no elements of proselytisation as alleged by Universiti Utara Malaysia senior lecturer Kamarul ZamanYusoff.
24 May 2017
Following the controversy surrounding DAP assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh’s book, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa decided to get a copy for himself.
“Just picked up at Pos Laju Parit Buntar. I will finish reading tonite.
“Hope I am still a Muslim by tomorrow, better,” Mujahid quipped in a Twitter post, which featured him holding the book, over the weekend.
His remarks came in response to claims that the book titled ‘Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey’ contained elements of proselytisation.
Mujahid said he has since finished reading the book, and continues to be a devout Muslim.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, the Parit Buntar MP said he finished reading the book last night and found that it was similar to what he wrote in 2010, titled ‘Aren’t we all Malaysian’.
Mujahid said while he chose a different subject to illustrate his views, Yeoh, on the other hand, picked a divine theme.
“Anyone can write, based on any theme they choose.Yeoh brought the theme of God and talked about how God had helped her and so forth.
“People of all faiths can have a similar experience based on their different beliefs and interpretations of God,” he added.
17 May 2017
No shame in walking with God, says Yeoh
Faced with allegations of proselytisation, Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh said she will not hide her faith and how it has helped her in her work.
“My walk with God is genuine and I have told my personal story as it is in “Becoming Hannah”. Without Him, I am nothing and I am not ashamed to say it,” the Selangor speaker said when contacted.
Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusof lodged a police report against her this morning, claiming she had breached Selangor enactments by proselytising to Muslims through the book, where she speaks of her faith and its role in her political journey.
However, Yeoh, who is the nation’s first woman state assembly speaker, said her faith has actually helped her fulfill her role with integrity.
“When I fear God, I will be diligent in my work and not steal the people’s money. I will not be corrupt because God watches,” she said.
Lecturer lodges report, accuses Yeoh of proselytisation
Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusuf has today lodged a police report against Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh for allegedly driving a “Christian agenda”.
In his report lodged at the Changlun police station, the political science lecturer said Yeoh did so through her book “Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey by Hannah Yeoh” published on January 2015.
“I was shocked to find that this book contained parables and excerpts from the Bible. I believe this book is an attempt to persuade, influence or incite non-Christians including Muslims to embrace Christianity or become inclined towards Christianity,” he said in his police report.
His said this breaches Section 4(1)(a) of Selangor’s Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment 1998 which bars proselytisation to Muslims.
According to the Enactment, a person commits an offence if he persuades, influences or incites a Muslim to “be inclined” or “become a follower or a member” of non-Islamic religion or to “forsake or disfavour” Islam.
Kamarul Zaman said Yeoh might have also breached Section 298(A)(1) of the Penal Code for causing disharmony on religious grounds.
However, lawyer Syahredzan Johan said Kamarul Zaman’s logic is flawed and his police report malicious.
“The person who lodged the police report against Hannah Yeoh over what she wrote in that book has ill intentions to cause religious discontent,” he said on Twitter.
“What is wrong with drawing strength from one’s faith to be in politics? Or is only PAS members allowed to do that?” he asked.
What’s wrong with Yeoh being Christian, asks Amanah
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) today defended DAP’s Subang Jaya asssemblyperson, following allegations that she is proselytising Muslims through her book “Becoming Hannah”.
“To me, Hannah Yeoh is a Christian person who wants to do good and to show the positive values in the religion she follows.
“Just like those of other faiths, be they Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and even Muslims. I am sure all religions teach their followers universal values which are good,” Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
He added that Yeoh did not do any wrong when she articulated how her faith has given her values which she practices as an elected representative.
Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff today lodged a police report alleging that the Selangor speaker’s book had breached the enactment barring the proselytisation of non-Islamic religions to Muslims.
He said by speaking about her journey in terms of her faith and referring to herself as an “ambassador of God”, Yeoh was trying to encourage Muslims towards Christianity.
However, Salahuddin said her actions only showed that she is a good Christian and that her faith has driven her to be a politician with integrity.
“We must be fair to her by looking at how she has performed as an assemblyperson, a speaker and a politician,” he said at the Amanah headquarters.
He added that Yeoh has the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Islam as a religion too celebrates and acknowledges the rights of those of different faiths to practice their religion peacefully,” he said.