Learn from my Umno mum, Dyana tells Shahrizat


Malaysiakini
May 18, 2014

DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, whose Teluk Intan candidacy has been belittled by Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, has asked the veteran politician to learn from her underling – Dyana’s mother.

“I ask that she learns from my mother who herself is an Umno member but has realised that my candidacy by the DAP heralds a breakthrough for young women in politics, especially for young Malay women, who have long been held back by an inflexible, patriarchal structure in Umno.

“I owe who I am today to my family and to my mother, to hard work and…the personal decisions which I have made along my life,” Dyana said in a statement today.

Standing by her daughter during the candidate announcement yesterday, Dyana’s mother Yammy Samat, an Umno member, said it was time for the younger generation to step up.

Yammy was the country’s first woman Umno division secretary and today remains as an Umno member in Ipoh.

Yesterday, Shahrizat said she “sympathised” with Dyana as she did not realised that she was being used by DAP and described Dyana’s candidacy as a “show”.

The Umno stalwart added that Dyana would not be where she was today if it were not for Umno.

‘Women in politics not to serve food’

In response, Dyana said she would be the youngest MP in Parliament if she wins, an impossible prospect had she joined Umno.

Dyana said the statement by Shahrizat (left) was indicative of Wanita Umno’s failure to promote women into positions of leadership in the country.

“It is precisely this sort of negative attitude that originates from the crop of BN women leaders that has constantly robbed women of opportunities to lead in this nation,” she said.

In a stinging reference to Umno Wanita’s grassroot operations, Dyana said women’s role in politics should not be confined to serving food and drinks to party workers and visiting voters in their houses with goodies.

“The party (DAP) has nominated me precisely because I strongly believe in the ideals of justice, equal opportunity and good governance.

“Shahrizat and Puteri Umno should not belittle my intelligence and my ability to tell the difference between BN which protects the interest of the rich and powerful, and DAP which protects the rights of ordinary Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or creed,” she said.

Courage lauded

Meanwhile, DAP vice president Teresa Kok backed Dyana’s “courage” and belief in the “Malaysian First” concept which does not sit well with Umno as it challenges status quo.

Kok said that last year Dyana spoke out against Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)’s failure to live up to its purpose of giving opportunities to bumiputera students, who faced greater obstacles than their counterparts.

Recalling the privileged Malay students on campus during her time at UiTM, Kok said, Dyana braved being called a traitor when to urge UiTM open its doors to needy non-Malay citizens.

“Umno has been able to maintain its Malay support by various ways and among them are the existence of unfair constituency delineation and the manipulation of politics of race…

“Dyana’s victory will also be a victory for the Malaysian First concept,” she said in a statement.

Dyana will face off with Gerakan deputy president Mah Siew Keong in the Teluk Intan by-election on May 31. Nomination day is fixed for May 19.

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  1. #1 by bruno on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 3:27 am

    That is the correctt way to tell cow’s condo mama off.

  2. #2 by bruno on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 3:32 am

    Dyana should have asked Shahrizat how old was she when Umno gave her the chance to contest in a general election.

  3. #3 by bruno on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 3:35 am

    Among all the wanita leaders I like Rafidah the most.Rafidah can make the Umno men look like chicken.

  4. #4 by Noble House on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 3:49 am

    ///“I owe who I am today to my family and to my mother, to hard work and…the personal decisions which I have made along my life,” Dyana said in a statement today.///

    That statement alone is enough to put the UMNO Wanita chief to SHAME! Talk of political wisdom? You are looking at one!

    Mine, this young lady is really something. Credit must be given to her parents for allowing her the opportunity to think independently.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 10:51 am

    Ai YAH, young, innocent n sweet candidate – Listen, LISTEN, listen, SURE or not U hv made d correct, CORRECT, correct decision?

    Chief cowWOman n Perkosa-UmnoB might hv offered U something (certainly NOT RM250 million of cow biznes) worthy of an eazi n luxurious life +, mayb, a handsome n filthy rich husband (with condos, mayb with cows or no cow)

    Still got time 2 rethink n say ‘Yes’ to her n Perkosa-UmnoB

    Don’t hv 2 feel PROUD 2 lead a hard life with d ruling gomen ever ready 2 smear U n your family members, 2 charge U n 2 lock U up

    Life does NOT hv 2 b dis way, OK?

  6. #6 by Cinapek on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Sharizat claims that Dyana is being made used of by DAP. I will not debate this but I would simply ask Sharizat what does she calls her relationship in UMNO and with Najib. She is a tainted politician and a political liability so it begs the question why would Najib still want to keep her by his side. Who is using who?

  7. #7 by narasimam on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 9:02 pm

    “I ask that she learns from my mother ” but will sharizat. “mooooooooo! i only listen 2 myself, ” she says.

  8. #8 by worldpress on Monday, 19 May 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Dont scare her lah..they are worry the whole world know they are fake not the original

  9. #9 by john on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 12:50 am

    Is so contrasting indeed.
    One ( the old cowgirl ), that still live in the dinosaur age, still trying to lie, hoodwink, with no shame at all;
    and the other ( Dyana ), so refreshing and so in the presence, about what are the real issues on hand actually.
    Just Dyana’s presence will render Bumno as being ” extinct “, already.

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