DAP Sarawak condemns the act of religious bigotry by Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, a lecturer in Universiti Utara Malaysia who lodged a police report against Hannah Yeoh for publishing her book titled “Becoming Hannah”, equating the publication of Hannah’s book as an act of proselytization.
If Kamarul’s reason for lodging the police report can constitute a ground for investigation and prosecution, then all books containing teaching of any religion other than Islam will be made equally culpable. That will spell the death of Freedom of Religion in Malaysia.
DAP Sarawak is also of the view that a religious bigot like Kamarul Zaman Yusoff is an unfit person to teach in a university in Malaysia. Not only is his bigotry act a shame to a multi-racial country of ours, but he, as a lecturer, will influence the minds of the younger generation to be more intolerant towards other religion.
On the one hand, we feel relieved that we in Sarawak is spared from such religious bigot. On the other hand, as Malaysians, we regret and feel sad for the nation that there is such a person in Malaysia, holding a lecturer post in public university, who has not any respect for the Freedom of Religion towards non-Muslims.
It is thus the DAP Sarawak’s stand that the Police, instead of investigating YB Hannah Yeoh, should launch a police investigation on Kamarul Zaman Yusoff for inciting racial disharmony and creating hatred against another religion.
As for PAS supporting such act of religious bigotry, it is a blessing that PAS is not a component party of Pakatan Harapan.
Whether the Police, under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will take action against YB Hannah Yeoh or Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, will be another indicator the UMNO-PAS co-operation to change Malaysia from a secular state to an Islamic State in which the rights to Freedom of Religion for all non-Islam religions will be very much curtailed.