A total of 15 Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have lodged a police report against Selangor State Assembly Speaker, Hannah Yeoh, for allegedly trying to convert people into Christianity
The Muslim NGOs that lodged a report against Hannah Yeoh include Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP), Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), and Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), as reported by New Straits Times (NST) yesterday, 24 September.
The groups claimed that Yeoh, a Christian, has incited other Christians to challenge Islam and Muslims through her book, 'Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey', which was published and has been on the racks of major bookstores in Malaysia since 2014.
It was learned that groups filed the report at the Bayan Baru police station in George Town, Penang.
The groups have claimed that Yeoh had attempted to preach Christianity, as per an excerpt from her book
JMPP chairman Mohamed Hafiz Mohamed Nordin cited Yeoh's book, in which she mentioned that Oversea Church Fellows (OCF) were invited to go to Penang to help the Christian movement because it was a calling from 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."
"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," Mohamed Hafiz was quoted as saying by NST.
It was learned that the groups had lodged a report over her book because the earlier reports lodged against her in Selangor had not resulted in any action.
The NGOs have also urged the police to look into a YouTube video, which they claimed to be seditious
They called for the police to launch an investigation into an allegedly seditious video titled, 'Message to Malaysian Church 2014' that was uploaded on YouTube in 2014.
The groups also complained about a foreign Christian evangelist Afeef Halasah, who was quoted in a blogpost dated April 2016, which was published on a Christian website. Afeef said, "There are people called missionaries in other nation, yet the general will of God for all of us in Malaysia is to invade this nation with Kingdom of God. We are called to bring down God's principle and cultures into Malaysia."
At the time of writing, the said blogpost appeared to have been taken down from the website.
Mohd Hafiz Kassim, who led the groups, reportedly said that the statement Aseef made is "very seditious" and it could "bring disharmony to the country".
"The pastor's remarks clearly incites Christians to invade this country supposedly under their God's orders. This is a very dangerous statement that threatens the nation's security," he was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
Meanwhile, Yeoh has responded to questions about the 'Kingdom of God'
The Subang Jaya assemblyman wrote on her Facebook page today, 25 September, that she would briefly explain what the 'Kingdom of God' is now that there are questions on the said topic.
"The Kingdom of God is mentioned many times in the bible about His righteousness governing our hearts and minds," she said.
"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."