Muslim NGOs accuse Hannah Yeoh of proselytising through book

Hafiz-Mohamed-hannah-bookPETALING JAYA: Hannah Yeoh’s book about her political life has come under attack again, this time by a group of 15 Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Yesterday, a police report was lodged against Yeoh, who is the Selangor state assembly speaker, accusing her of trying to spread Christianity through her book, The New Straits Times reported.

Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP) led the group of NGOs, which included Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), Pekida, Perkasa, and Penang PAS and Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), in filing the 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 “Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey”, which had been 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 daily, over an excerpt in the book, where Yeoh urges Oversea Church Fellows (OCF) to come to Penang to help the Christian movement.

“She also should not use the state legislative assembly as a platform to do so. She better stop. With this report, we are calling upon the police to investigate and take action against her.”

“Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey” is an account of the life of Yeoh who 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 principle 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.

Hafiz said the message is clearly provocative in urging Christians in Malaysia to “invade” the country.

“This is a very seditious statement which could bring disharmony to the country.

“We will approach relevant authorities including the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to ensure Aseef does not enter our country to spread such hatred to the people,” Hafiz was quoted as saying by NST.

In May this year, a Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) academic alleged that Yeoh’s autobiography could influence him towards Christianity.

UUM’s Malaysian Institute for Political Studies director Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said this was because 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,” he said in his police report.