Hannah Yeoh hits back at UUM lecturer with defamation suit
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh has gone to court over Kamarul Zaman Yusoff’s two online postings on an alleged attempt to turn Malaysia into a Christian nation.
However, in a counter-filing, the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) lecturer proclaimed he was ready to defend himself by proving the allegation in court.
DAP lawmaker Yeoh filed the civil action at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Feb 24 this year.
Kamarul has an earlier, separate and ongoing civil defamation action against her over her Facebook post in September 2020.
The lecturer was suing Yeoh over her online response to the former’s posting of a campaign banner featuring her and the words “Peranan Umat Kristian Dalam Pembangunan Negara” (Christians and nation-building).
Earlier on May 17, 2017, Kamarul had also lodged a police report against Yeoh over her personal biography “Becoming Hannah”.
He accused Yeoh, who was then the Selangor state speaker, of alleged proselytisation, claiming she was driving a “Christian agenda”.
According to a copy of the statement of claim of her current civil action and sighted by Malaysiakini, the former deputy women, family and community development minister is suing over Kamarul’s two FB posts on May 10 and 17, 2017.
The first post was titled “Hannah Yeoh contoh hipokrasi terbesar DAP”, while the second one was “Laporan polis saya terhadap Hannah Yeoh”.
Yeoh claimed that the two FB posts were very irresponsible, scandalous, vile and intentionally published by Kamarul to inflame hatred and anger against her.
She contended that he had abused his position as an academic in order to issue politically-driven statements against her.
“The plaintiff (Yeoh) pleads that the defendant’s (Kamarul) overall agenda against the plaintiff is malicious and with a political motive,” she claimed.
Through the writ of summons against Kamarul, Yeoh is seeking general, aggravated, and exemplary damages.
The former deputy minister seeks for the lecturer to make an unconditional public retraction of the alleged defamatory statements and an apology.
She also wants a court injunction to prevent him from further publishing any alleged defamatory statements against her.