Monday, May 26, 2014

Ramkarpal Singh Wins Bukit Gelugor

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DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh, as expected, defended his late father Karpal Singh's Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat. The 38-year-old lawyer won the by-election by 37,659 votes. He received 41,242 votes or 89% of the total votes even as the voter turnout was pretty low at 56.4%.
The other three candidates all lost their RM15,000 deposits after failing to even get one-eighth of the total votes. Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan, Mohd Nabi Bux Mohd Abdul Sathar and Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zan received 3583, 799 and 225 votes respectively. There were 539 spoilt votes.

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Dyana Sofya giving her speech during a ceramah at Bandar Baru Teluk Intan on May 19, 2014. Image credit:

Sekolah Menengah San Min (SUWA), Jalan Sungai Nibong, Teluk Intan at
It’s going to be a hard-fought battle between a greenhorn versus an experienced politician backed by the might of Barisan Nasional. Novice versus master. David versus Goliath.

Let’s be realistic. DAP’s Dyana Sofya cannot possibly stack up against Gerakan’s Mah Siew Keong. She cannot hold a candle to him; it’s as simple as that. The latter is a two-term MP. President of Gerakan. Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. A UK law graduate. And he comes from a well-known and well-connected family in Teluk Intan.




But Dyana has been the center of attention since her candidacy was announced. So much so that UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has lamented the obsession with the DAP candidate. He has to remind supporters that BN's candidate is in fact Mah Siew Keong.
That may be so but attention does not necessarily translate into votes. But at least for those of us who reject BN, we would like to believe that Dyana has a chance.
As far as I am concerned, comparing Dyana with Mah is like comparing a bimmer with a Proton.

Here's something for UMNO Malays to think about. UMNO claims to be championing Malays, so UMNO should now support  Dyana. After all she is a Malay!  Tsk, tsk!

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