Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DAP's Dyana Sofya Versus Gerakan President

The Teluk Intan by-election will see a straight fight between Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong and DAP’s political greenhorn, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud (left). 

I must compliment Gerakan because they showed more courage than chicken-hearted MCA. Not that the mosquito party have a choice. Gerakan must fight this by-election or else they will die on the quiet. It provides Mah and his party a sliver of opportunity to revive their fortunes which took a bashing at the last general election. Of course, we all know that Gerakan is beyond rejuvenation but that is beside the point. 

MCA felt obliged to make some noise and on Sunday, they claimed that Dyana was parachuted in because DAP had failed to find a local candidate. And also due to Perak DAP factionalism. I have no wish to say anything because MCA are so full of hokum that I would be showing respect to them by merely commenting. 

In the meantime, DAP are hopeful that by fielding Dyana, they can change the long-held perception that they are a Chinese-centric party and boost the number of Malay MPs among their ranks. [To date, the DAP have two Malay MPs – Bukit Bendera's Zairil Khir Johari and Raub's Ariff Sabri]. 

Not surprisingly, UMNO are totally terrified at the prospect of going head-on against DAP's Dyana. Even before nomination day on May 19, UMNO cybertroopers had published pictures of a woman clad in a pink bikini, claiming it was Dyana, and questioned her character as a Muslim. 



















 


The photos went viral but it soon became evident that they were not of the DAP member but that of Filipino actress Pauleen Luna (below pic) as featured in this particular advertisement: 








UMNO gutter politics has reached Teluk Intan. 

Even so, UMNO will find it hard to keep the Malay votes intact. A party that promotes their Malay-ness – cannot ask the Malay-Muslim electorate to vote for a non-Malay (i.e. Mah, the Chinese ‘pendatang’), knowing that the opposition are fielding a Malay. And not just any Malay, mind you, but a young professional. 

As blogger Sakmongkol AK47 said, “It is UMNO which is on trial for its chauvinistic politics”! 

I cannot wait to know the Teluk Intan by-election outcome on May 31, 2014.

The Bukit Gelugor by-election, on the other hand, is seeing boredom setting in because DAP's Ramkarpal Singh Deo is expected to steamroll over the other three independent candidates. Polling is this Sunday.

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