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7/8/2024 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) — A former top police official has accused Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh of evangelizing and wanting to turn Malaysia into a Christian nation.  

The allegations became known after Yeoh filed a defamation suit against Tan Sri Musa Hassan, former inspector general of police, for previous inflammatory comments. Court records show that Hassan was questioned about whether there were confidential documents or evidence to support his claims. Hassan acknowledged under oath there was no such evidence. 

Yeoh’s defamation claims date back to a speech Hassan delivered in 2020 at a university, in which he claimed that her autobiography was a book intended to convert Malaysians to Christianity. Yeoh’s book, “Becoming Hannah, A Personal Journey,” details her life and faith as a Christian and her foray into politics.  

Yeoh claims Hassan’s comments were false and intended to harm her politically. The trial continues. About 9% of Malaysians are Christian, and more than 60% are Muslims. Yeoh’s case is significant given the pressure the Christian minority faces in many parts of Malaysian society, from everyday life to the halls of political power in the nation.

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