KUALA LUMPUR – June 2, 2017: Undeterred by the ceaseless salvos levelled against him for criticising a DAP leader, Dr. Kamarul Zaman Yusoff of the Universiti Utara Malaysia vowed that he will not stop pointing out the party’s flaws.
This director of UUM’s Institute for Malaysian Political Analysis stressed that he will keep on going head-to-head against DAP leaders who keap attacking him simply because it is his democratic right to do so.
Kamarul had been accused by DAP leaders as being narrow-minded after he labelled Selangor legislative speaker Hannah Yeoh as the biggest hypocrite three weeks ago.
He called Yeoh such after reading her autobiography titled “Becoming Hannah” which he deemed as revealing her penchant of practising politics of religion, despite her party claiming to be be championing secularism.
Kamarul said despite the clamour over his personal views of Yeoh, it has not caused him any problem as a lecturer.
“I’m fine. I have been getting a lot of support from my colleagues after the controversy but of course I do notice that a few of them (his colleagues), who are known to be strong DAP supporters, do ridicule me.
“But most importantly, I have the support of my vice-chancellor Datuk Seri Mohamed Mustafa Ishak,” he wrote via Facebook messenger.
Among the DAP leaders who had mocked Kamarul were publicity chief Tony Pua, Negri Sembilan chief Anthony Loke, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and publicist Syerleena Abdul Rashid.
The latest to needle Kamarul was DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang who two days ago claimed that Kamarul’s view had done irreparable damage to UUM’s reputation.
He, however, scoffed at Kit Siang’s allegation saying that even Mustafa had no problems with the idea of university lecturers airing out their personal political views.
“He (Mustafa) told me that there are many academicians from top universities around the world who have criticised their government and political parties.
“But none of those who were criticised has ever lashed out by claiming that their institution’s reputation will be irreparably damaged for doing so.
“So, academicians can only criticise the government, Umno, MCA and Gerakan? What if DAP becomes part of the government? Where do you (Kit Siang) get this theory from?” asks Kamarul.