Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim expressed sadness that his welfare work had been turned into a racial and religious issue.
This was after Universiti Utara Malaysia senior lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff listed Sim's (above) various charitable work and warned Muslims to be cautious about accepting help from "Christian evangelists".
"As an MP, my duty to help people in my constituency who need assistance, regardless of race and religion.
"Sometimes, if people from outside my constituency seek help, I also do my best to help as I do not have the heart to turn them away.
"I have never asked what is their race, religion or political party. Some people say I have a religious agenda. Why involve my religion? For me, my religion is mine, your religion is yours.
"My hope is a Muslim will be a good Muslim, a Christian will be a good Christian, a Buddhist will be a good Buddhist, a Hindu will be a good Hindu. Malaysia will be a peaceful country if we all strive to be good human beings," Sim said in a Facebook posting.
Sim questioned why there are those who are out to split Malaysians by fanning racial and religious sentiments.
He said the people were already suffering enough due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Why burn the country by playing up race and religion?" he asked.
Sim said he was deeply affected by the accusations against him.
"But I will not stop serving. I will continue to help everyone regardless of race and religion. This was my pledge when I was elected as an MP," he said.
Kamarul had previously also targeted other DAP leaders for their faith.
In 2017, he lodged a police report against Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, accusing her of proselytisation, for talking about her religion in her biography.