Selangor Journal

Speaker’s right to defend ‘Christian’ inspired book

SHAH ALAM, MAY 18: The sentiment behind the Selangor State Assembly (DNS) Speaker, Hannah Yeoh’s book should not be politicised by a certain party.
Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Exco, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad says Hannah has a right to defend her writing claimed to be ‘Christian’ as much as other leaders have the right to defend their own religions.
“There is someone who commented that I should not defend Yeoh. This individual said religion is a sensitive issue for Muslims.
“I replied that, Yeoh’s book recounts how Christianity inspired her as a politician.
“That is her right, as much as it is my right to tell how Islam inspired me in politics. That is not wrong in Islam,” he twittered.
He believes the writing does not contain any provoking sentiment which can divide the Muslim community in this country.
“The Muslims’ faith is not that weak,” said the Seri Setia Assemblyman.
Quoting MalaysiaKini’s report, Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) Lecturer, Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusuff described the book content written by Yeoh as persuading, influencing or instigating non-Christians to be inclined towards that religion.
Denying the allegation, Yeoh lodged a police report against Kamarul Zaman who accused her of wanting to rebuild Malaysia based on Christianity.
Yeoh said, statements have been distorted and his statements contain defamation elements against her and her party, DAP.
“The statements were malicious and clearly intended to spread hatred towards me, DAP leaders named in the statement and the party itself.
“The statements also pose high safety risk on me and DAP members,” she said.
She had written a biography entitled ‘Becoming Hannah’, which tells the public about her involvement in the country’s politics and her experience leading the DNS as the first woman and the youngest Speaker in the country.

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