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Proselytization claim against Hananh Yeoh can be best described with the Chinese proverb “欲加之罪, 何患無辞 (yu jia zhi zui, he huan wu ci)”

When I was in primary school, I had learned the Chinese proverb: 欲加之罪, 何患無辞 (yu jia zhi zui, he huan wu ci).This proverb means that if you are out to condemn someone, you can always trump up a charge.

Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) Malaysian Institute for Political Studies director Kamarul Zaman Yusoff ‘s allegation that the autobiography of Selangor assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh attempted to “coax, influence and instigate” non-Christians to convert or deepen their interest in Christian teachings can be best described with the proverb “欲加之罪, 何患無辞”.

Kamarul first defamed Hannah with his essay titled: titled “Hannah Yeoh contoh hipokrasi terbesar DAP” (“Hannah Yeoh is the biggest hypocrite in DAP”). Then yesterday he lodged a police report where it was reported by the media that:

  1. he claimed that Hannah may have broken the law under Section 4(1)(a) of the Enactment of Controls and Sanctions (Expansion of non-Islamic Religions) of Selangor 1988 by trying to incite Muslims to become a member of a non-Islamic religion.
  2. he urged the police to investigate Hannah under Section 298 (A)(1) of the Penal Code for trying to disrupt the country’s harmony by using religion.

Hannah’s autobiography is an account of her life where she shared how her God has played a role in her life’s journey. It has no political or religious agenda. How could Kamarul make the ridiculous, baseless and unbelievable allegation that her book is actually propagating non Islamic religion to the Muslims?

If Kamarul’s argument or logic can be accepted, does it mean that any books or DVDs on other non-Islamic faith that are sold in the bookshops will be seen as propagating their non Islam religion to Muslims?

Being a university lecturer, Kamarul’s narrow and extreme way of looking at Haanah’s book makes one wonder if he is suitable to continue to be an educationist.

Kamarul should be reminded that the federal constitution guarantees freedom of religion and no one should be forbidden to talk about his or her own religion.

Hannah’s book was launched in 2014 and why has it suddenly become an issue now? Is this part of BN strategies of using race and religion issues to demonise DAP as general election approaches?

DAP National Vice Chairman & MP for Seputeh
Media statement by Teresa Kok Suh Sim in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 18th May 2017