Hannah Yeoh’s suit against ex-IGP Musa Hassan over ‘Christian nation’ remark to go to trial

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A defamation suit filed against former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan by Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh will proceed to a full trial.

This comes after both of them could not settle the case out of court during mediation today, Musa’s lawyer, Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, said.

“We will update the High Court on today’s outcome next Tuesday (May 17),” he said.

Yeoh sued Musa last year over allegations that she tried to turn Malaysia into a Christian nation. She claimed the statement was made at a forum in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) on Jan 30, 2020.

Musa, who was the IGP from 2006 to 2010, allegedly told the forum that an unnamed group had tried to destroy Islam in the country. He is said to have found links between the evangelist group and DAP.

Musa is also alleged to have said that Yeoh had written a book “to make this country a Christian country”.

Yeoh previously published an autobiography, titled “Becoming Hannah, A Personal Journey”, that describes her journey as an ordinary Malaysian woman whose life was transformed through her personal faith as a Christian, which later led her into politics.

She is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages from Musa, and an injunction to restrain him and other parties from further publishing the alleged statements.

Yeoh also filed a suit against Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff over two Facebook posts he made in May 2017 in which he claimed she “has a motive to proselytise Christianity through her politics”. – FMT