|Dyana Sofya suffers from dysania and is using her superpowers to pen down her thoughts late into the night. Political Secretary to Lim Kit Siang by day and she tweets from @dyanasmd.
OCTOBER 20 — It is an interesting exercise to browse through the many comments on my Facebook fan page. Reading through them recently, I began to notice a pattern. Generally, there are three types of comments: positive, negative and commiserative.
The positive comments mostly take the form of motivating words of encouragement. These are my favourite, and I am eternally grateful for the constant show of support from Malaysians of all walks of life. They have never failed to fuel me with positive energy or pick me up when I feel down.
As for the negative comments, they are as colourful as one would expect them to be. From the usual name-calling, gender stereotyping to all kinds of discriminating attacks, I have learned to accept them as part and parcel of public life. In fact, I sometimes find it entertaining, as it takes a special breed of people to be able to be so shallow and perverse.
However, there is one more type of comment that has become a constant feature in almost every thread. I find these quite puzzling. Somehow, there seems to be quite a few people out there who find it necessary to convey their pity or sympathy because they feel I am being “used.” Often, they would also predict that I would one day “wake up” and realise that I am in the wrong struggle, and that I would eventually “return” to the true path.
While I thank them for their “concern”, I would also like to express my own concern about the patronising culture of our society. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that we young Malay women are able to think for ourselves and have the capability (and yes, the right) to decide what we want to do and how we want to do it? Continue reading
Nurul Izzah tells Nancy critics the real culprits are Ibrahim Ali, the PM and the AG.
PETALING JAYA: Lembah Pantai MP and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar has called for restraint in the criticism of de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri over her explanation of the government’s decision against punishing Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali for his Bible burning threat.
In an interview with FMT, Izzah said the critics should instead be directing their venom at Ibrahim, especially since Nancy herself had indicated her personal disagreement with the Attorney-General’s decision.
She noted that no other Cabinet minister had shown Nancy’s courage in expressing her feelings against the decision.
“The continuing vilification of Nancy Shukri must be tempered with some compassion in light of her public declaration rejecting the misguided beliefs of Ibrahim Ali,” she said.
“We must not lose sight of the real culprit, the real racist, the bigoted Ibrahim Ali and his extreme and totally unIslamic call for the burning of Bibles.” Continue reading
GEORGE TOWN: A few photographs of Penang DAP vice-chairman Zairil Khir Johari depicting him in intimate poses with former Teluk Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud has left the former unfazed.
When contacted, Zairil said he had seen the photographs of him with Dyana in a few “intimate poses”, posted on what is believed to be a fake Facebook account made to look like it belonged to Zairil.
“I don’t wish to comment on this; All I can say is that this is gutter politics at its worst.
“I’m not surprised as even my mobile phone has been hacked before,” said the Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament. Continue reading
by Lian Cheng
KUCHING: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Nancy Shukri said she never supported Perkasa president Dato Ibrahim Ali and his religious views.
Speaking through her political secretary Mohammed Kamaluddin Effendie here yesterday, she said coming from a multi-racial background, she would never support any religious or racist statements or action against non-Muslims.
Nancy has come under intense attack, especially from netizens, after she answered in Parliament the question why Ibrahim was not charged for his call to burn the Bibles.
“Neither the police nor AG (Attorney-General) can give any reply in Parliament. I, as the de-facto Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, had to do it on their behalf. Whatever were the findings of the police or the decision of the AG, I read it out in Parliament because they could not do it there.
“It must be made known that it was the AG’s decision not to charge Dato Ibrahim under the Sedition Act, and the decision was made based on the police investigation.
“As a minister or one of the leaders of the nation, I have to support the rule of the law, but it does not mean I agree with Dato Ibrahim’s extreme views,” the Batang Sadong MP told The Borneo Post yesterday. Continue reading