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May 28, 2014

Malaysia’s most dangerous woman

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the DAP candidate for the Teluk Intan by-election is the opposition coalition’s secret weapon. She rocketed to fame like the rocket logo of her party, the Democratic Action Party (DAP). Dyana does not conform to the narrow, twisted and prejudiced view of the Umno Baru world. Unlike her, the modus operandi of Umno Baru Youth is to issue threats and create violence. Dyana engages the rakyat, using her brain and her rhetoric.

To some, especially those from Umno Baru, Dyana is everything that they are not. To others, Dyana represents the new Malaysia, someone who knows what she wants, who speaks her mind, who is ready to accept a challenge and who is not afraid of fulfilling her dreams, through fair and just means. Dyana represents the pulse of modern Malaysia.

When Dyana attracted the ire of veteran political figures like Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and former PM Mahathir Mohamad, there can be only one logical conclusion – Dyana is on a winning streak. Umno Baru is afraid.

The emergence of Dyana signals a major shift in Malaysian politics. Umno Baru supporters with their siege-like mentality, will soon realise that they have been duped and their potential stunted by Umno Baru policies. Malay support for Umno Baru will wane. The party will disintegrate.

For years, the Malays were considered the privileged lot and envied by the other races. As a result of the affirmative action policies, and the educational opportunities given to every Malay child, Malays are expected to be blindly loyal to the government and by extension, Umno Baru.

Malays must obey without question. They become zombies. If they see an unjust act, they must hold their tongues. If they hear of racism or religious persecutions (non-Islam) against non-Malays and non-Muslims, Malays must keep quiet.

All that changed for Dyana, when she said, enough is enough and joined the DAP; “I chose DAP. For its principle of multi-culturalism. For its principle of standing up for all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion. For its principle of doing what is right, despite the risks and repercussions.”

Dyana is young, while most of those in Umno Baru are long past their sell-by date. She is articulate, whereas the majority of Umno Baru politicians and their supporters, communicate using  threats, thuggery and acts of vandalism.

Dyana aims to get rid of racial politics, whilst all in Umno Baru are aware that their survival depends on dividing the rakyat with race and religion. Having graduated as a lawyer from a local university, she started work as a political secretary, before entering politics. Many Umno Baru supporters and politicians survive on patronage and a lifestyle funded by exploiting the taxpayers’ money.

Brought up by a mother, Yammy Samat (left), whose own life has been shaped by Umno and Umno Baru politics, Dyana has seen her mother struggle with treachery and betrayal by her own Umno and Umno Baru party members.

Choosing to confront Umno Baru

One would expect Dyana to steer clear of politics. Instead, she has chosen to confront Umno Baru and all the aspersions which they want to throw at her. Her career path is not for the faint-hearted. Within hours of her nomination, she has already experienced criticisms and sexist attacks designed to tarnish her reputation.

Dyana joins the long list of confident Malay women who do not need a tudung to show they are both religious and Muslim. They are equally comfortable in a baju kurung or modern attire. Although she is a product of a local university, and not educated in the west, Dyana is articulate in both English and Malay.

Dyana has been criticised because her head is not covered. They say she is too liberal and that she is not pious. Would they say the same of Mahathir’s wife, Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali or his daughter, Marina, who are not tudung clad?

For decades, the tudung has been used as a political and social device to control Malay women. To wear a tudung increased the chances of being accepted in an institution. For some, it was a means of getting promoted.

Inside sources claim that Umno Baru would suggest that women who refused to wear the tudung were not devout Muslims. Are Malays that easily deceived by the evil machinations of a political party? Umno Baru is trying to suggest that women should wear tudung to become more religious. Just like Shahrizat, who showed the nation that she is a pious Muslim, with her handling of the scandal which has become known as ‘Cowgate’.

What of Dyana’s rival in Teluk Intan? Mah Siew Keong  belongs to the Gerakan party. If only Mah had the courage to lead his party away from the crippling embrace of Umno Baru. Gerakan was once a formidable and respectable party but now, all attention is on Dyana.

It really does not matter if Dyana wins or loses, because she has set a precedent and raised the bar in politics. She is one of many young Malaysians who are prepared to challenge the racist and divisive policies of Umno Baru. Her finger is firmly on the pulse of modern Malaysia. That is why 27-year-old Dyana Sofya is the most dangerous woman in Malaysia.


21 Comments »

  1. To get 3% increase in a predominantly rural Malay support in Teluk Intan who are mostly uneducated farmers, hawkers and fishermen was already a major victory for DAP . Brilliant of Lim Kit Siang and DAP leadership to choose Dyana Sofya and takng Malaysian politics to a non racial and new level. A standing ovation to KIT and DAP.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — June 3, 2014 @ 6:49 PM | Reply

  2. The Malays came out to make a stand – if the support for Dyana went UP (even by 3%) from the Malay community, then it shows that they understand what UMNO is doing to the country. In theory, support should have FALLEN sharply, because if you believe BN & Perkosa propaganda then Malays will be deterred by a so-called “race traitor”.

    But they weren’t. They actually backed DAP more. So, some advice for the other two main communities, whose support dwindled by 10%-15% each:
    a) Next Chinese New Year, every young Chinese who didn’t go back this time to vote should print a folder of all the anti-Chinese remarks made by the ministers, NGOs, mainstream media in this country. Explain to your old folks that getting a shop fixed now is nothing, compared to killing off their grandchildren’s futures. And make no mistake, the long-term future for the Chinese in Malaysia is extremely bleak, the longer UMNO remains in power. That’s the truth. Make your old folks understand how suicidal they have been in TI.
    b) Next Deepavali, the young Indians should do the same, to explain to their uncles and aunts who took the goodies and rice and promises that they have just been exploited. Lock-up deaths, shootings, the economic wilderness – BN has done nothing, will do nothing. When Waytha tried and failed, didn’t the message sink in?

    It’s young voters (1M4U?) who will shape GE14. Either don’t care, and accept the Malaysia that others choose on your behalf. Or start making a difference…NOW.

    Comment by Yonny — June 2, 2014 @ 1:47 PM | Reply

  3. Just look at the positive impact of Dyana – more young Malays would look at DAP as a possible avenue for political activism and that more youths will support Pakatan Rakyat pact in its quest to move away from race-based politics. Because of Dyana’s candidacy, UiTM students were talking about the DAP and not necessarily in a negative manner!

    Comment by Sazali — June 1, 2014 @ 11:44 AM | Reply

  4. Umno is very worried now that many young malays is listening to DAP via Dyana.

    Comment by Aidil Yunus — May 29, 2014 @ 12:41 PM | Reply

    • The Malays in Teluk Intan are very very angry indeed. They are asking, ” If our children follow the path of Dyana, will they be treated the way UMNObaru is treating, Dyana”? Isn’t Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud a Malay? Why is UMNObaru, the self professed champions of the Malay race and Islam treating another Malay this way?

      Besides, UMNObaru does not enjoy the support of majority Malays. To the folks in Teluk Intan, ” UMNObaru is UMNObaru”, ” The Malay race is the Malay race”! UMNObaru is just a political organization. The Malays are getting smarter than ever mind you, they are saying, ” All Malaysians love Malaysia and are loyal to Malaysia, but, why must we be loyal to UMNObaru? Malaysia is a country, we have to love it at all costs, but, UMNObaru is just a coalition Government, if the Government is no good, change it! UMNObaru, don’t play play! You can give all your goodies, the Teluk Intan folks will take it and vote Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.

      To Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, you will win and we hope you will mature into a first class leader in Malaysia. Please do not fail Teluk Intan folks and Malaysians.

      Rakyat Malaysia bersama Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud!

      Comment by Hazil — May 29, 2014 @ 3:39 PM | Reply

    • Dyana Sofya’s open letter to the people of Teluk Intan:

      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 five 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 Perkasa functions had 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.

      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 all races – Malays, Indians and 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’s “roar” rocks the Malaysian Parliament.

      Comment by Saz — May 30, 2014 @ 3:11 PM | Reply

  5. God is great. Allah will not let all the corrupted ministers and crooks to sleep soundly or live peacefully with their families. By the will of Allah, these incorrigible crooks will not die a peaceful death too. They are very scared of their own shadow and had nightmares everytime young educated Malays join or supported Pakatan Rakyat.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 28, 2014 @ 9:54 PM | Reply

  6. Dyana has opened the curtain which hides the weaknesses of an authoritarian government where corruption, racial discrimination and religious hatred rule the day, inter alia. She also makes those male chauvinistic pigs who have been exploiting religion and race to their advantage by brainwashing the masses, so jealous that they feel vulnerable. To all those discerning citizens, she is like the White Knight in shining armour. As for Mr Mah and Gerakan, their roles as puppets of UMNO have driven themselves to extinct, so will MCA and MCI!!!!!

    Comment by Geronimo Miller (@geronimomiller) — May 28, 2014 @ 7:42 PM | Reply

  7. The making of a new breed of Malaysian race which is colour-blind to skins and religious convictions?

    Comment by jw — May 28, 2014 @ 6:38 PM | Reply

    • Dynamite Action Progressive vs Barang Naik. Who win?
      Tigress vs Cow. Who win ??
      Beauty vs Horse. Who win??
      Sweet Young Thing vs Dirty Old Hag. Who win??
      Present vs Past. Who win??

      Comment by Sazali — May 30, 2014 @ 4:13 PM | Reply

  8. Dyana, I love this cute and cunning girl.

    Comment by roobeen — May 28, 2014 @ 2:12 PM | Reply

    • I LOVE Ambiga+Mariam Mokthar more, they have been tested,& proven POWER>>>>>, Dyana is yet to prove her capability.

      Comment by tiuniamah — May 28, 2014 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

      • Unfortunately Mariam Mokhtar can only write from UK, and dare not return to Malaysia to fight in by-election or election.

        Comment by Hazil — May 28, 2014 @ 2:45 PM | Reply

        • She married angMoh kah ?

          Comment by tiuniamah — June 1, 2014 @ 10:05 PM | Reply

      • up to you. love is subjective. Seems you do not understand it.

        Comment by roobeen — May 29, 2014 @ 7:30 AM | Reply

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  10. As Mariam aptly puts it, Dyana is what Umno isn’t. Her candidacy has woken up many Malaysians including Malay youths who have been mislaid by Umno into thinking that Umno is Malays and the two shall never separate. The intense interest in her is not just skin deep but rather she represents our hope and aspiration for a better Malaysia race and religion will not become a divisive issue that the BN is currently promoting aggressively. . Let’s give her our moral support and wish her success.

    Comment by apai — May 28, 2014 @ 8:30 AM | Reply

    • Ahmad Maslan says it harder for Dyana to get goverment funding if she wins,report Astro Awani.Why this clown Ahmat thinks that taxpayers money belong to Umno or BN??This is really Celaka punya statement!Dei,goverment’s fund is Rakyat ‘s fund la.It don’t belong to you.more reason to vote BN out if this is the mentality…..

      Comment by Hazil — May 29, 2014 @ 3:48 PM | Reply

  11. A STAR IS BORN AND THE ADVENT OF A NEW MALAYSIA!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — May 28, 2014 @ 8:24 AM | Reply

    • Dyana Sofya: Bersama-Sama Dengan Saya, Berjuang Untuk Rakyat

      Comment by Hazil — May 28, 2014 @ 3:00 PM | Reply

  12. Those filthy super corrupted rich UMNO BARU’s past and present ministers and elites could have easily settled in London, Manhattan or Las Vegas for the next ten generations but why were they still actively attacking Pakatan Rakyat and using all means to politically assassinate Opposition leaders. It is because they could not live happily and in peace while alive when Pakatan Rakyat is growing stronger. They were so afraid that when UMNO BARU controlled BN lose power, they would be prosecuted and forced to return their ill gotten wealth and assets acquired with corrupted money and money stolen from all Malaysians.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 28, 2014 @ 8:15 AM | Reply


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