It’s Yeoh’s right to relate her story, says Nik Nazmi


PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad today hit back at his detractors who took issue with him for coming to Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh’s defence after a lecturer slammed her over a book she authored.

In a series of tweets, the PKR Youth chief said the book – “Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey” – merely gave an account as to how Yeoh’s Christian faith inspired her.

And that, Nik Nazmi said, was Yeoh’s right, just as it was his right to relate to people how Islam had motivated him to go into politics.

The Seri Setia assemblyman added this was not wrong in Islam.

Nik, who was once Yeoh’s deputy in the state assembly, then pointed out that books he wrote, “Mendepani Zaman: Melayu untuk abad ke-21” and “Coming of Age: A Decade of Essays 2001-2011” contained a lot of references to Islamic principles.

“Many of my non-Muslim friends read the book and they never complained.”

Two days ago, Nik Nazmi defended Yeoh after Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff alleged, in an article that was published in several newspapers, that the Subang Jaya assemblyperson had mixed politics with her Christian faith.

Kamarul further alleged that this was a move by Yeoh that went against her party’s stand in championing secularism.

Yeoh then lodged a police report against Kamarul over the article which she said was defamatory.

Yesterday, Kamarul claimed that Yeoh’s autobiography could influence him towards Christianity as the book contained “too many stories and quotations from the Bible”.

“The stories can influence readers, including myself, to feel admiration for the greatness of Hannah Yeoh’s God,” said Kamarul in his police report which was published in PAS’ official organ Harakahdaily.