GEORGE TOWN, May 19:
The Opposition has rididiculed the statement made by Kota Belud member of parliament Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan labelling DAP as being hypocritical for stressing the race of its Teluk Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.
The statement was made following the Barisan Nasional (BN) politician’s belief that the DAP’s constant criticism of race-based parties is now harping on the fact that their candidate is a Malay and is cashing in on that.
Bukit Bendera MP (DAP) Zairil Khir Johari who said he also faced the same predicament when fielded as an MP when contacted said, “Who’s harping on her race?”
“If she is a Malay that is a fact and not our campaign line. I don’t see how anyone is harping on it besides (Abdul Rahman) Dahlan who keeps talking about it.
“The only one targeting her race is himself. The fact is that Dyana was chosen because she is a young, capable professional who shares the party’s principles and views,” said Zairil.
Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief minister II Dr P. Ramasamy has questioned Abdul Rahman’s motive and said he should not be bringing up the issue at all as the latter should feel happy that there is a party like DAP which lives us to its multi-racial image.
“Instead of turning this into an issue, Abdul Rahman should just look at it from the positive side; the fact that DAP has chosen a young, aspiring and successful candidate who can serve and reach out to thr people.
“Her ethnicity is secondary and the fact that he (Abdul Rahman) brought up the issue only goes to show he is the one who is playing the racial card.
“I thought Umno was the one who claimed there were not enough Malay representatives in DAP and that it is a Chinese-based party but when we field a candidate like Dyana, they seem to be upset about it – there is just no pleasing them,” Ramasamy told The Rakyat Post when contacted here earlier today.
Meanwhile, DAP’s Bukit Gelugor parliamentary MP aspirant, Ramkarpal Singh Deo when met in TELUK INTAN this morning dismissed what Abdul Rahman said as “completely untrue and unfounded.”
“DAP never saw her Malay background as a criteria or twisted strategy. She is eligible enough to be fielded as a candidate.
“She still has to work hard and appeal to all..she was not included to appeal to only one race,” he told The Rakyat Post.
Rasah MP, Teo Kok Seong of DAP insisted that Dyana should be viewed as a Malaysian first, who aspires to champion equal rights.
“Her origin and roots should not be questioned. Who is being a racist here now? DAP or BN?” he asked.
As for DAP’s Taiping MP, Nga Kor Ming, he refuted the claim by saying Dyana is the ‘Malaysian dream’.
“She is a vision of DAP which aims to stay above race-based politics. She is the perfect icon, capable enough to represent all races.
“It is such a pity that BN is still trapped in its own communal politics shell, resulting in why only they can twist and turn things to look very racially motivated,” he told The Rakyat Post, also when met in Teluk Intan today.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Batu MP, Tian Chua who was also in Teluk Intan to lend support to Dyana who filed her nomination papers for the Teluk Intan by-election this morning, said that the 27-year-old law graduate was “Malaysia’s daughter”.
“There is no such thing as ours or theirs. Dyana is Malaysia’s daughter. BN is time and time again making the same mistake and they need to snap out of it. DAP should be lauded for aiming to break race-based politics in the country, a trend which they (BN) founded,” he said briefly to The Rakyat Post.