UPDATE: This discussion is continued in ‘Bandingan Kristian-M’sian First dan Cina Indonesia‘.
DAP politician Hannah Yeoh is someone who, by her own admission, “follows the Bible very strictly”.
‘Hannah’ btw is a name of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “God has favoured me”.
As the Pakatan multitude well knows, she constantly tweets (7,700 messages so far) and composes little homilies and inspirational sermons for her flock — the 40,000 Twitter followers.
And mind you, she’s not merely a new media evangelist through her extensive social networking but preaches ‘professionally’ in church too. As does her “very supportive and secure husband”.
She is proud of the fact that “representing a different breed of [young] politicians”, she has “no scandalous past” unlike her older, tainted political opponents.
And Hannah does indeed have very strong words to say about them — the YouTube below is her speech at the recent DAP national confab.
0:51: “Politicians who value families, marriages, their spouse, will legislate with that in mind and govern like a caring government. We must never be like politicians from BN. Some of them, you know, have belittled the institution of marriage and even caused public humility [sic] to their spouse because of adultery.”
One of my regular readers appears to have a reasonable-sounding theory as to the DAP’s non-objection to hudud.
What ‘salhas’ says about hudud-like punishment for adultery being recorded in the bible is correct, and as Hannah has said many times herself, she follows the holy book very strictly. Hence her confident tongue-lashing of the Barisan adulterers.
The comment is screenshot below.
This religious orthodoxy of Hannah Yeoh is of interest to pundits trying to figure out the demography backing the rise of the opposition.
For example, a commentator calling him/herself ‘kingkong‘ – who claims to be from Hannah’s secondary school Sek. Men. Subang Jaya – remarked in my blog a few days ago: “I will vote her again because she understand us, the young voters from Subang Jaya.”
One of the most ardent DAP supporters is Thomas Lee Seng Hock who uses the same, strongly Christian language as Hannah.
In his article that appeared both in Sin Chew and Lim Kit Siang’s blog, Thomas Lee said, “The ground zero perception of them [“Chua Soi Lek and company”] is generally negative”.
He contrasted their dismal standing in the morality stakes with,
“a taxonomic group of very educated, progressive, professional and youthful politicians in the DAP, led by the relatively young but veteran political maverick Lim Guan Eng. The highly intellectual and articulate young elected representatives of the DAP are making waves in Parliament and at the various state assemblies, as well as in the public arena, where the battle for the hearts and minds of the people is taking place.”
“The DAP can boast of an army of very bright, well-educated, well-trained, and morally upright young politicians to spearhead the thrust for the transformation of the nation into a new and better Malaysia. Among the young leaders are the likes of Teresa Kok, Chow Koon Yeow [sic], Anthony Loke, Fong Po Kuan, Lim Lip Eng, Teo Nie Ching, Tony Pua, Jenice Lee, Gobind Singh, Boo Cheng Hua [sic], Hannah Yeoh, Violent Yong, Liew Chin Tong, Jeff Ooi, Thomas Su, and many more.”
— ‘An impossible dream for the MCA?‘, Sin Chew (2 March 2011)
Wow! Such superlative praise coming from Reverend Lee for the “very educated”, “highly intellectual”, “very bright” and “morally upright” DAP leaders, and such contempt for their rivals – the MCA old guard – who necessarily come across in the lopsided comparison as “immoral” or “morally not upright”.
Thomas Lee, as a matter of interest, has been an “evangelical bible teacher and preacher for the last 40 years”. Biodata and article ‘A clarion call to the Christians in Malaysia: Racism on the rise in the international publication Christian News Today.
What we can make of this trend is that DAP’s Christian right is on the uptick and between them and PAS’s robed and turbaned moral police, Malaysian quarries will have to go on double shift to increase production. Lots of stones need to be rolled out for Pakatan’s twin Torquemadas to cast at the BN sinners.
Hannah Yeoh – had in her snide against BN adulterers at the recent DAP national convention – deliberately closed one eye to any possibility of the same lapses occurring in the top echelons of the Pakatan leadership. Or unless she believes them all to be saints like her good self or like Anugerah Tuhan.
If not, then it seems that in addition to their Taliban-esque bent, the PAS-DAP morality squads are wearing blinkers as well — that is, a strong inability to see their own side as being capable of sin.
The BN, needless to say, are not held by opposition critics to be the types who “live for God” or who endeavour “to serve the Lord”.
What Hannah’s highly intellectual Tweeters talk about:
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