Open letter to the people of Teluk Intan

By Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud | MalayMailOnline
May 29, 2014

To the good people of Teluk Intan,

It has been an exhausting but exhilarating two weeks since I was nominated by my party to be the candidate for the Teluk Intan by-election. I have experienced more in the last two weeks than any time in my 27 years of age.

Suddenly, I became the centre of attention of UMNO Ministers who could not resist taking digs at my looks. Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan asked voters not to support me just because I put on “lipstick”. Datuk Zahid Hamidi remarked that I am “not so pretty in person”. Datuk Ahmad Maslan stressed that even his wife, or Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s, would win if it were a beauty contest.

My looks and appearance are not important at all in this very important by-election. I did not sign up with DAP to take part in beauty pageants. I call upon the voters of Teluk Intan to judge me for my ideals, my principles and my dreams for a better Malaysia. I want to win this election not because of my appearance, but because of my ability to make a difference in the Malaysian political landscape in the highest legislative institution of the country.

My opponents have attacked me viciously behind nameless blogs aligned to Barisan Nasional (BN), as well as anonymous leaflets denigrating me with fake pictures and spurious allegations of my moral ethics. During the visits to some evening markets, there were UMNO bullies who heckled, disrupted and attempted to block the campaign trail.

There were even ministers who insinuated that I did not have a law degree or am not a qualified lawyer. The fact that I have proven that I’ve been called to the Malaysian Bar in 2011 was clearly irrelevant to BN, which is obviously desperate to win by hook or by crook.

The most vicious of the attacks came from a former Minister who accused me of being a “traitor” to the Malay race. It clearly does not matter to these people that the real traitors to the race are the BN leaders who abused their powers, enriched their friends and families and indulge in corruption at the expense of ordinary Malays and Malaysians.

These dirty and vicious tactics from our opponents will not waver my will to fight for the rights of all Malaysians, especially for those who are marginalised and discriminated against. I will not be intimidated and I will not be a traitor to Malaysians.

While UMNO leaders labelled me a “traitor” to Malays, Gerakan leaders attacked me relentlessly of being a closet Malay-extremist for my alleged links to right-wing Perkasa. The BN is persisting with its tried and tested divide and rule approach where they give different messages to different races.

Let me make myself very clear. While I was asked by my mother to assist with administrative tasks such as registration of attendees and pinning of corsages on VIPs during the inception of Perkasa when I was still a student more than 5 years ago, I was never involved in Perkasa’s activities and never have I been a member. Even my mother distanced herself from Perkasa and became inactive once she found herself in disagreement with their activities and principles.

On the contrary, my upbringing in an UMNO family and seeing first-hand how Perkasa functions convinced me that DAP has the best platform and ideals to pursue a more democratic, just and economically prosperous Malaysia.

I am convinced Malaysia is broken after 57 years of racial politics via divide and rule by BN. I am saddened to see how BN leaders and their proxies like Perkasa incite the various races to fight each other, instead of fighting for each other.

I want to prove to Malaysians that you don’t have to be a Chinese to help a Chinese, a Malay to help a Malay, and an Indian to help and Indian. I want to lead by example to build a country where a Malay can help a Chinese, a Chinese can assist an Indian and an Indian can support a Malay. Impian saya adalah untuk meMalaysiakan semula Malaysia. (My dream is to Malaysianised Malaysia again)

I wish to express my immense appreciation and gratitude for the love and kindness bestowed upon me by the good people of Teluk Intan. The warmest welcome and affection from of all races — Malays, Indians, Chinese, have only reaffirmed my belief in this country and to strengthen my resolve to stand up for Malaysia.

With the support of the voters of Teluk Intan, I look forward to fulfilling my promise to move to and live in this beautiful and historic township. I promise to serve the people with commitment and dedication, and to make sure that the Teluk Intan “roar” rocks the Malaysian Parliament.

  1. #1 by undertaker888 on Friday, 30 May 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Would the so called ministers treat their mothers the way they treat Dyana? Would they say the same thing to their mothers? After all their mothers are women.

  2. #2 by Erica Lim on Friday, 30 May 2014 - 6:25 pm

    May God help you win the Teluk Intan by-election, so that together we can create a better Malaysia for all Malaysians. A Malaysia that is without racism, bias and prejudice but where truth, justice, righteous and hope prevails. May God bless and be with you.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Friday, 30 May 2014 - 8:06 pm

    This may be sensitive but I thought it relevant to bring it up. In the 1969 GE, Gerakan won big based on campaigning AGAINST bumi privilleges in particular Article 153. It is ironic today, Dyana is accused of betraying her race fighting against that same party..

    Neither DAP nor Dyana has changed in anyway, they have been true Malaysian, the ones that has changed and therefore can be the only traitors are Gerakan and BN..

  4. #4 by Sallang on Friday, 30 May 2014 - 8:25 pm

    Dyana Sofya, did you post one in Bahasa? How I wish you had posted one, translated in Mandarin as well.
    Its not too late though.
    Its the Malay votes that you should worry about.
    I am very sure the Chinese votes other than MCA and Gerakan members will be with you.
    May your God be with you. Your name may be sof ya, but you are not soft.
    Win or lose, make your home in TI. You will like the place, with the leaning tower as a symbol.

  5. #5 by albertloh on Friday, 30 May 2014 - 9:17 pm

    BN component parties especially UMNO, MCA, Gerakan and MIC are in fact facing serious brain drains or mental blocks. Most of their talented and brightest have either migrated to opositions, retired or shied away in protest. Very few who still survive are however being put under deep freeze to ensure that power remains in the hands of a small chosen group.

    Hence BN is in reality a bankrupt coalition, void of political wisdom and acumen. As you can see, quite a number of the cabinet members already appointed or those waiting to be appointed are nothing but the half baked or thick skulled. They are only smart in making themselves rich through their position in government .

    Najib may be a nice and well like person but he has no leadership quality to run a country which is now undergoing unprecedented changes and paradigm shifts.

    On the other hand, there are many capable and intellectual leaders in Pakatan, young and old who are committed to spearheading and upholding a clean, transparent and truly united Malaysia for our future generations.

    They will be our saviours and let us start to welcome them, beginning with Teluk Intan tomorrow.

  6. #6 by Noble House on Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 2:26 am

    Dear Dyana,

    I believe the hearts and minds of the Teluk Intan voters are with you. You have done all you possibly could to prove yourself and all that you stood for and against. Trust them to do what is right. As the Jedi says: “May the force be with you”. May you win, and win BIG comes tomorrow!

    Allow me to share this:

  7. #7 by Noble House on Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 2:31 am

    The Teluk Intan voters will show these UMNO/BN goons their very own “Lady Di” is no pushover!

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 9:42 am

    My reply to Dyana is don’t be naive. You will win but her future is bigger than with DAP. If she is smart, she look at the whole spectrum that its her duty to lead her race and the country. DAP may never ever win the national leadership and her responsibility is much bigger and DAP should allow her. Its all possible DAP is just her stepping stone toward the original Malay leadership that founded and envisioned this country whether its with DAP or not..

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 4:10 pm

    NEVER count your chickens B4 they hatch

    Rightly or wrongly (depending on which party’s view), D voters had spoken

    Time 2 REFLECT 4 DAP/PR

    DAP/PR: DO NOT assume raykat’s support n take voters (all ethnic grps) 4 granted

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 4:12 pm

    NEVER count your chickens B4 they hatch

    Rightly or wrongly (depending on which party’s view), D voters had spoken

    Time 2 REFLECT 4 DAP/PR

    DAP/PR: DO NOT a$sume raykat’s support n take voters (all ethnic grps) 4 granted

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