On Monday (November 21), via her Facebook page, Hannah Yeoh uploaded a status whereby she wrote, “To the people of Sabah and Sarawak, tell the parties you have chosen – that you want the Federal Government to represent the various races in Putrajaya, not the one that wants to create racial and religious tension among Malaysians.”
Along with the status, she also uploaded a collage picture of Muhyiddin and Abdul Hadi with the words, “Bukan yang ini!” (not this one) sprawled over the image. The post gained mixed reactions online, and Srikandi Bersatu Malaysia (Srikandi) have reportedly asked the police to probe the case, accusing Hannah of making inflammatory remarks:
Srikandi, via their media statement, claimed that Hannah’s publication was made with the intent of inciting the people of Sabah and Sarawak by giving them the impression of the existence of a political party that toys with racial matters, creating religious tension among the people.
“Hannah’s post also incited the people of Sabah and Sarawak to reject Perikatan Nasional (PN) based on the published photos of PN Chairman, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS President, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang. This statement from the DAP leader is serious and Srikandi is asking the police to investigate,” it read.
Subsequently, Srikandi confirmed the involvement of the local police via follow-up tweet explaining that a report has been made.
Siapa Ketua Srikandi Bersatu?
Tak ada kerja lain? https://t.co/FYt18jEJEC
— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) November 22, 2022
Hannah, in response, quote-tweeted the statement with the caption, “Siapa Ketua Srikandi Bersatu? Tak ada kerja lain?” (Who is the leader of Srikandi Bersatu? Do you have no other work?)
Netizens have expressed contrasting reactions below the Twitter thread, some saying that Hannah had gone too far- while others defended her, insisting that her words were taken out of context and were not meant to offend. Many also took a dig at Srikandi Bersatu, prompting Hannah to “arrange English lessons for them, so they can understand basic English and know what others want to say.”