PETALING JAYA: Accused of trying to spread Christianity through her book, Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh today explained what the Kingdom of God was about.
This followed a police report lodged by Muslim group, Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP), against her yesterday.
In a response to FMT today, the DAP assemblywoman said the Kingdom of God was mentioned many times in the Bible “about His righteousness governing our hearts and minds”.
“He says to love Him, to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, to reject corruption, to walk humbly, to do justice, to look after the orphans and widows.
“That, my friend, is what the Kingdom of God looks like,” she told FMT.
Yeoh believed that the issue stemmed from “the last police report lodged by the infamous lecturer”, in reference to Universiti Utara Malaysia senior lecturer Kamarul Yusoff.
Yeoh questioned why some random Youtube videos were picked and subsequently connected with DAP.
“Is this really how the next election is to be fought? Why keep stirring religious and racial lies to cover up corruption and incompetency?
“I see hidden hands at work stirring this to distract attention from real issues like 1MDB, the higher cost of living, declining standard of education, shrinking budget for the police force, hospitals and welfare department, and the safety of children, like the fire last week (at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school),” she added.
Yeoh’s book, “Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey”, about her political life has come under attack again, this time by a group of 15 Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
JMPP led the group, which included Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), Pekida, Perkasa, and Penang PAS and Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), to lodge a report at the Bayan Baru police station in George Town, Penang.
Speaking for the group, JMPP chairman Mohamed Hafiz Mohamed Nordin alleged that Yeoh had carried out her preaching through her book, which was launched in 2014.
“She called Christians to come back and build the Kingdom of God. What does she mean by building the Kingdom of God? Which God is she referring to?
“We believe it is an attempt to spread the Christian beliefs to others. The authorities must take action,” Hafiz was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. He was referring to an excerpt in the book, where Yeoh had urged Oversea Church Fellows (OCF) to come to Penang to help the Christian movement.
The book is an account of Yeoh’s life and how she rose to prominence after winning the Subang Jaya state seat in 2008 with a huge majority, then retaining it in 2013 before being appointed the same year as the country’s first female speaker and its youngest at age 34.
The book has been openly sold since its launch, with no restrictions by the authorities.
In its report, the group also called for the police to open an investigation into an allegedly seditious video uploaded on Youtube in 2014.
The video is titled “Message to Malaysian Church 2014” and shows a foreign Christian evangelist movement led by Aseef Hadalah.
Hafiz alleged that the video, which is seven minutes and eight seconds long, challenged Islam as the official religion of the country.
In the video, Aseef is seen delivering a talk, in which he says: “There are people called missionaries in other nations, yet the general will of God for all of us in Malaysia is to invade this nation with the Kingdom of God. We are called to bring down God’s principles and cultures into Malaysia.”
The video is believed to have been recorded during one of Aseef’s talks overseas, though the location is yet unidentified.