Even before she is officially confirmed as the DAP candidate in the May 31 Teluk Intan by-election, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud is already the victim of a smear campaign that includes pictures of her in a skimpy swimwear.
The 27-year-old political secretary to DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has been attacked on the basis of her ethnicity and religious beliefs – for being a Malay Muslim running for a seat touted to be predominantly Chinese.
Several blogs also recently published photos of a woman clad in a pink bikini, saying it was Dyana and questioned her character as a Muslim.
After the pictures went viral, some social media users said they were not of Dyana, but that of Filipina actress Pauleen Luna.
Responding to the incident, Dyana said she was surprised by the wave of attacks that ensued, following rumours of her candidacy for the by-election.
“My personal details were misused… And now, to tarnish my image further, there appears to be a photo of me allegedly wearing a bikini.
“It is too coincidental, given that rumours of her being a potential candidate surfaced recently. Her rivals were certainly trying to portray her as not a good or real Malay, who in their minds should be conservatively dressed,” said the analyst from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
“Of course, joining DAP came with a price. I was immediately scrutinised and lambasted. False stories were created. My words were twisted. I was labelled a ‘pengkhianat’ (traitor). I was also called many other names.”
But she said all these had solidified her belief that she was “on the right side of history.”
“My mother and my mentors have taught me well. They had warned me that there would be days like these.
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The mother of Teluk Intan DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud today responded to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had suggested that she had not done enough to impress on her daughter of Umno’s struggle for the country and the Malay race.
Umno member Yammy Samad said she had tried to raise Dyana like Dr Mahathir’s son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahatir but she ended up like the former prime minister’s strong-willed daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
“I tried to raise her like Mukhriz, but she ended up like Marina. I give all my children the freedom to chose what is right and wrong. Dyana is old enough to think about this,” she told The Malaysian Insider today.
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