How I felt when I joined DAP

― Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud
The Malay Mail Online
June 3, 2014

JUNE 3 ― I refer to the statement reportedly made by Tunku Aziz that I will leave the DAP when I realise “it is not a multi-racial party.”

My experience with the party was never similar to Tunku Aziz’s. I joined DAP as a regular member after getting to know some of the party’s members and leaders. I understand and admire the struggle of its leaders, and its principle of multi-culturalism. I appreciate its consistency in standing up for all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion. I believe in its principle of doing what is right, despite the risks and repercussions.

I joined without the intention of being appointed into any position. I simply wanted to be with like-minded people, sharing a vision and mission, and partake in the struggle for a better Malaysia. In DAP, I found friends and comrades.

DAP is not merely a political party to me. It is family. My saudara-saudari, brothers and sisters in DAP have made me realise that it is possible to be a true Malaysian without obliging hypocrisy, unlike the empty “1Malaysia” slogan that supposedly encourages the spirit of being Malaysian, but is nothing more than a front for the continuation of racial politics.

Don’t get me wrong, I am proud to be Malay. I am proud of my roots and heritage. However, I don’t believe in abusing it at the expense of other Malaysians.

I have never felt truly Malaysian until after I joined DAP. Perhaps if Tunku Aziz spent more time with us in the grassroots, he would have agreed too. We might have our differences, but that doesn’t mean one should leave the family every time disagreements emerge. Unlike some, I have far more conviction than to simply quit because I failed to get elected, or appointed, or because of dissatisfaction over a wedding kenduri.

In 2012, I was asked to organise a programme called Pesta Lagu Jalanan with Yeo Bee Yin and Kasthuri Patto. We worked well together and remain great friends until today, because we share the same love for our nation, vision, mission, principles, and understanding. I believe that if all Malaysians focused on our similarities rather than our differences, then we could all see the world the same way Standard 1 kids do – skin colour blind.

And that is how I felt when I joined DAP.

  1. #1 by bruno on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 12:01 am

    Dyana,do not pay any attention to Tunku Aziz.He is a sour grapes.We all know how women scorned can behave.Their mouths can be very filthy and words very dangerous.

  2. #2 by bruno on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 12:05 am

    If this was a GE, Dyana would have won hands down.In by elections Umno/BN can be very dangerous,even if they are despised.They can concentrate all their fire power at one spot,not forgetting the carrots.Furthermore,the Chinese businessmen were working against the DAP,for reasons known to them.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 12:18 am

    AiSay, gal, NEVER say NEVER, even if U felt d warm feeling dat U hv fallen in LOVE with a party

    Love is BLIND, though a many splendored thing

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 10:18 am

    My problem with this reply is that ITS TO SWEET. This reply to a vicious, malicious swing at her is what her legion of fans expect from her but I do not detect real deep resolve to outdo slings and swing at her.

    DAP leadership owe it to Dyana to nurture better political muscle. She needs to built more street-fight and street-leadership in her. She should be given a NATIONAL portfolio she can handle on issues, take on issues that will help her build her own political muscle to take on whatever nonsense thrown at her which will be much more considerable than anyone else in DAP..

  5. #5 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 11:13 am

    She made more sense than Tunku Aziz.

    Especially the line..”I joined without the intention of being appointed into any position.”..

    I suspect Tunku expected to be treated differently from where he came from and when LGE told him off for his opposing views on Bersih, he was upset. Hence his decision to quit. Perhaps there was a pull factor too.

  6. #6 by bryanbb on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 12:09 pm

    Tunku Aziz is like the toxic fungus that grows on rotten dead wood, DAP has since discarded the dead wood but the fungus is still attached to it. Just as well since it is noxious and can poison any who goes too close to it.

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