Kamarul Zaman Yusoff’s false and malicious police report against Selangor State Assembly Speaker and DAP assemblyperson for Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh, accusing her of proselytisation of Muslims with the publication of her autobiography ‘Being Hannah’, raises the question whether he is fit and proper to be a lecturer of plural Malaysia’s public universities.
It is a further sign that the Malaysian nation-building process, after six decades, has gone terribly wrong and must be corrected.
It is unimaginable that Yeoh’s autobiography on her personal journey to be a good Christian so as to be a good Malaysian would have caused objections, let alone be the subject of a false and malicious police report of proselytisation to Muslims, in the first five decades of our nationhood.
Yeoh’s personal journey to be a good Christian, so as to be a good Malaysian, is a journey Rukunegara wants all Malaysians to take, for all Malaysians to be respectively good Muslims, good Buddhists, good Christians, good Hindus, good Sikhs and good Taoists, so as to become good Malaysians and to fully subscribe to the five Rukunegara principles of Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; the Supremacy of the Constitution; the Rule of Law; and Good Behaviour and Morality.
Kamarul Zaman complains that Yeoh’s book had too many verses and quotes from the Bible. Will he next call for the banning of the Bible?
Kamarul Zaman accused Yeoh of a “Christianisation agenda”.
I am not a Christian and I can vouch that, for the past nine years since 2008 when I first got to know Yeoh in the 2008 general election, she had never discussed with me any such “Christian agenda”.
There is no such agenda in the DAP, or among any DAP MP or State Assembly representative. For the past seven years, Yeoh had been an exemplary Malaysian, speaker of the legislature and DAP elected representative who serves all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or socio-economic background.
Kamarul Zaman’s police report is proof of the failure to promote ‘wasatiyyah’ (moderation) in Malaysia, although Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had declared that his ‘wasatiyyah’ campaign of justice, balance and excellence was the reason behind his idea of a Global Movement of Moderates.
Why are such qualities sorely missing in Malaysia?
Is the Najib cabinet prepared to halt such religious intolerance, extremism and polarisation in Malaysia and place the subject as a top agenda at its meeting next Wednesday, on May 24?
LIM KIT SIANG is DAP parliamentary leader and the MP for Gelang Patah.