Stop unethical and irresponsible politics, Guan Eng tells Perikatan after attacks against Hannah Yeoh

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng has today slammed Perikatan Nasional (PN) and its component PAS and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, accusing them of resorting to unethical and irresponsible politics.

Lim said the parties should stop spreading disinformation and lies to incite hatred and fear among the public against Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh.

"Yeoh has been compelled to repeatedly lodge police reports over the serial lies hurled against her by Bersatu and PAS leaders that have affected racial goodwill and undermined religious harmony.

"Kelantan PAS Youth chief Mohamad Kamal Mohamed lied that she had used her ministerial powers to deny Kelantan the right to organise the 2024 Malaysia Games (Sukma). Lim said in a statement here.

"The truth is that the Kelantan state government had agreed to organise the 2028 Sukma edition to provide additional time to make preparations and construct sports facilities there,” he explained.

Yesterday, Yeoh lodged a police report against Kelantan PAS Youth Chief Mohamad Kamal Mohamed for claiming that Kelantan was denied the right to host Sukma 2024.

National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail previously explained that the decision to award Kelantan the 2028 Sukma was a result of discussions between the council and state representative Wan Roslan Wan Hamat, and was approved by the Sukma Supreme Council.

Yeoh was also recently accused of evangelising through its ministry's agency Impact Malaysia’s Projek Artikel 11 visits to houses of worship, despite no Muslims joining the youth programme.

"Even PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan got into the act with all sorts of wild and baseless accusations against her. Civil defamation or criminal action can be taken later, but the initial damage affecting national unity and jeopardising religious harmony from these lies would be difficult to undo or control.

"For that reason, all Malaysians fully support the warning issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that there will be zero tolerance towards any attempts to incite racial or religious sentiments in the country and has ordered the security services to be on full alert against any attempts by racists and extremists to disturb the country’s security,” said Lim.

Authorities have since commenced an investigation against Bersatu’s Badrul Hisham Shaharin, who had linked the Youth and Sports Ministry to Christian proselytisation, for criminal defamation.

Sentul police chief Beh Eng Lai said Badrul Hisham or better known as Che’gu Bard, had also accused the ministry of channelling funds to a non-governmental organisation allegedly for enticing non-Christian youths to visit churches.