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Saturday, May 31, 2014

FAKE PINGS, FALSE HOPE: What the heck are the Malaysian and Aussie authorities doing!

SELAMAT Osmar answered his phone. It was Malaysian Airlines.
He listened with rising disappointment but could say nothing but thank you. He didn’t know what else to say. He didn’t really mean thank you. He was being polite.
What they told him was that four underwater “pings”, thought to have come from the black box of MH370 in early April off Perth, were in fact not from the black box.
The same call was being made to people around the world as the airline rushed to tell families the devastating news before they saw it in the media.
Mr Osmar’s son, Mohammed Khairul Amri Selamat, a 29-year-old aviation engineer, was one of 239 people on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200. He wants more action and less talking by authorities and he wants the truth.
In Beijing Sarah Bajc feels the same way. Her partner, Philip Wood, was on board the plane. He was the love of her life. Ms Bajc cannot believe what has gone on since the day she learned that the plane was gone and so was her soulmate.
Anger has now overtaken sorrow, frustration exists where before there was grief. What the families want is truth and transparency in the investigation and for the plane to be found.
But now, close to three months since MH370 disappeared in the early hours of March 8 this year, there is still no trace of the plane, not a single piece of debris and what was considered to have been the best lead yet has now been dismissed.
The four pings, heard on April 5 and 8, by a towed pinger locator, were in fact not from the black box. More likely they were from the ship used to tow the locator, the locator itself or were other underwater sounds.
Desperate for closure ... Sarah Bajc whose American boyfriend Philip Wood was on missing
Desperate for closure ... Sarah Bajc whose American boyfriend Philip Wood was on missing Malaysian Flight MH370. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied
So now it is back to the drawing board. The entire area, along an arc where satellite data indicates the plane flew in the early hours of that morning, will now be searched. It is vast — 60,000 square kilometres of deep and inhospitable ocean which authorities say will take a year to search using sophisticated underwater sonar equipment.
Despite millions of dollars being spent, massive tracts of land and ocean searched by two dozen countries, sophisticated equipment deployed and new techniques devised to interpret communications satellite data, there is still no answer to the question: Where in the world is MH370?
Is it in the depths of the southern Indian Ocean, off the coast of Perth, as authorities suggest?
Or is it somewhere else? Did it in fact disappear in the South China Sea not long after it went off radar as it was about to cross into Vietnamese air space? Or did it fly up the northern arc, toward Kazakstan?
And what happened to it? Why did it go so radically off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing? Was it a catastrophic accident or was it human intervention?
None of these questions have been answered.
Search area for MH370 ... but still there are no answers. Picture: Joint Agency Coordinat
Search area for MH370 ... but still there are no answers. Picture: Joint Agency Coordination Centre website. Source: Supplied
Ron Bishop is a former US Air Force commander of 23 years and headed up the US Air Force rescue and special operations school. Now an aviation lecturer at Central Queensland University, he has a view that what happened to MH370 was not sinister and was not the result of some mad conspiracy or the fault of the pilot or copilot.
Mr Bishop thinks it more likely it was a mechanical issue, a fire perhaps, or smoke in the cabin, which caused the pilots to start turning instruments off in a bid to isolate the problem, hence the transponder and communications systems being switched off at the time the pilot attempted to turn the plane around and fly back to Malaysia.
‘We know they took a left turn and came back towards Malaysia and that would suggest they had a problem,” Mr Bishop said. ‘They lost cabin pressure or something overcame them … Then the plane just flew itself until it ran out of fuel.” Everyone on board had passed away well before it plunged into the ocean.
Mr Bishop opines that theories, based on little other than rumour and innuendo, pointing the finger at the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, or the copilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, made little sense.
MH370 Captain ... Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
MH370 Captain ... Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Source: Supplied
First officer and copilot ... Fariq Abdul Hamid.
First officer and copilot ... Fariq Abdul Hamid. Source: News Corp Australia
Malaysian authorities have released few details about the police probe into the case other than saying they believe the communications systems were deliberately turned off and that police are investigating four areas, including sabotage, terrorism, personal or psychological problems of someone on board. It has never been explained why authorities believe the shutting down of the communication systems was a deliberate act.
No matter what it costs it is imperative to find MH370 and find out what happened to it to avoid the same thing ever happening again. “Something failed and we need to find out what that failure was so we don’t do it again,” Mr Bishop said.
Authorities around the world remain convinced that the plane turned around, flew back over the Malaysian peninsula, over the top of Indonesia and down into the southern Indian Ocean where it plunged into the sea. What they don’t know is exactly where in that massive expanse of ocean this plunge occurred.
Last week authorities finally bowed to pressure from the grieving families on board and released the raw satellite data, from an Inmarsat communications satellite, which was used to track the plane after it was last spotted on military radar at 2.22am over Penang, Malaysia.
But the 47 pages contained largely lists of figures which were incomprehensible to most. Family members, like Sarah Bjac, were angered, saying that data needed to crosscheck and peer review the results with independent experts, had not been included in the release and that it was meaningless.

Scouring the ocean ... the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has confirmed that m
Scouring the ocean ... the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has confirmed that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is not in the search zone where acoustic pings were detected. Picture: Australia Department of Defence Source: Getty Images
A team of experts from Inmarsat and the highly-respected UK’s Air Accident Investigation Board, had crunched the figures and came up with the view that MH370 flew down a southern arc.
Seven times the plane did a so-called “handshake” or communication with the Inmarsat satellite over a six-hour period — at 2.28am, 3.41am, 4.41am, 5.41am, 6.41am, 8.11am and finally at 8.19am. At each of these times the plane was somewhere along an arc although precisely where on the arc cannot be ascertained, making the job difficult to say the least.
The final handshake with the satellite was at 8.19am, now believed to be as it was falling from the sky.
International search ... Able Seaman Maritime Logistics – Steward Kirk Scott keeping watc
International search ... Able Seaman Maritime Logistics – Steward Kirk Scott keeping watch as the search took place off the coast of Western Australia. Source: AFP
It was only a partial handshake probably because by this time the plane had run out of fuel and shut down. It then powered up again, probably due to emergency turbines which start automatically in the event of power failure to allow some equipment to operate. Figures done based on the satellite handshakes also indicated that at the seventh arc MH370 was out of fuel.
The area of this arc covers 60,000 square kilometres. The whole lot now needs to be searched.
It won’t be easy. Dr Erik Van Sebille, an oceanographer from the University of New South Wales, says deep ocean research is about as difficult as space exploration and is “painstakingly slow” requiring sophisticated equipment.
He warns against criticism in relation to the sounds mistaken for the black box. The ocean, he says, contains a cacophony of different sounds, ranging from sounds made by whales to the clicking noises emanating from little shrimps.
It’s little solace to people like Selamat Osmar or Sarah Bajc. -News.com.au

Lim: I never blamed Dyana for loss

DAP has no regrets naming Dyana as Teluk Intan candidate.
Dyana SofyaKUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng refuted claims that he had blamed newcomer candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud for the loss of the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat.
The Penang chief minister said he and his party had no regrets in naming 27 year-old-Dyana as DAP candidate before stating that the low voter turnouts, intimidation and threats from Umno and the fact that Dyana is still new in politics as the cause of the loss.
“In my speech last night outside the Teluk Intan Election Operations Centre, I had stressed that the DAP had no regrets in naming Dyana as the DAP candidate,”
“I had stated three reasons. One, the drop in voter turnout from 48,649 votes or 80.4% during last year’s general election to 39,850 votes or 66.5% during this by-election was a critical factor in reducing DAP’s previous 7,313 majority into a narrow win of 238 votes for BN,”
“Voters were intimidated by the threats of development politics in withholding development that can be provided by a Cabinet Minister, as well as the samseng politics of threats and violence by Umno during the election period,”
“Perhaps because Dyana is new, a woman, young and the first Malay parliamentary candidate for Teluk Intan from the DAP, she is not fully accepted by all three races,” he said in a statement this morning.
Meanwhile, Lim also asked if newly-elected Teluk Intan MP Mah Siew Keong will dare to demand from Umno vice-president Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister,  an apology for calling the Chinese ungrateful.
Lim was unsure if Mah had the guts to do so adding that the latter will have to prove that he can deliver his promises made in Teluk Intan during the campaign period.
“Whether Mah will be an “Umno” Minister will depend on whether he can pass his first test by getting Home Affairs Minister (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to apologise for calling Chinese ungrateful.
“Mah will have to prove that he can deliver on his promises made to Teluk Intan voters during the next three years and not just depend on “goodies’ given to the voters during the election period,” he added.
Yesterday, Barisan Nasional candidate Mah Siew Keong recaptured the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat after defeating Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud of the DAP by a 238-vote majority in today’s by-election.
Mah, 53, obtained 20,157 votes compared with Dyana Sofya, 27, who garnered 19,919 votes.
The results were announced by returning officer Ibrahim Ahmad at the vote tallying centre, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Abdul Rahman Talib here, at 9.41 pm last night.
Voter turnout was 66.67% with 40,236 out of the 60,349 registered voters casting their votes.
Mah’s victory not only saw him wresting back the seat, which he held before the 2008 general election, but also reinforced his position as the president of Gerakan and the party’s standing in the BN.
He won the Gerakan president post in the party’s polls last October.

Enough of histrionics, reveal Perkasa’s accounts

YOURSAY ‘Please disclose your source of the funding if you believe in transparency.’

No gov't funding for Europe, fumes Ibrahim Ali

Oriole: Dear Ibrahim Ali, enough of the rhetoric and hysterics. These verbal outbursts belong in the dark ages.

Here is a simple question: Where is this funding coming from? Be transparent and that will be the end of discussion. If you can't answer the question, people will want to know why.

It is the people's money that they are worried about, and the people are the bosses - yes, even the celaka ones!

David: The government has admitted in Parliament to funding Perkasa, so stop pointing your cannons at Malaysiakini.

There was no mention of your "this project or that project" in that disbursement of funds so please don't try to hoodwink Malaysians with your emotions and anger.

It remains that taxpayers’ monies have been spent on an extreme bigotry organisation.

Trublumalaysian: Ibrahim, Perkasa had already admitted to earlier government funding so, you cannot accuse anyone for assuming as such. So why all the barking and "colourful" language - dajjal, dog, swine, prostitute and sebagainya.

Your somewhat limited vocabulary skills pretty much fortifies the fact that you can come out of Umno Baru but it'll never come out of you.

Ipohcrite: No specific government funding for Perkasa-Europe perhaps, but Perkasa receives government funding to fund its activities, no? As a taxpayer, can't I question the government on this?

Mohgui: Why are you so uptight about the Malaysiakini headline, Ibrahim Ali? The headline was merely asking a question. It didn't imply anything.

Is it even wrong in asking the question? Or are you really guilty of it? There's a saying in Malay (in case you didn't know), "Siapa makan cabai, dialah berasa pedas." (Whoever eats the chilli will taste its heat).

From the words you used and your actions, it clearly show that Umno Malays and their ilk are an intolerant lot. I suggest you better go brush up on your English now that you are in London.

Anonymous_3faa: The expletives used by Ibrahim Ali degrade the English language. When you are in London, make sure you show the few curious onlookers there your command of the Queen's English.

Mr Bean would be delighted to have you as his sidekick in his new series.

Doc: Kudos to Ibrahim Ali for bringing Perkasa to the United Kingdom. It's time the "equal rights" loving British people be exposed and thought how to racist.

Who better to educate them than Perkasa and Ibrahim Ali. I suggest that Ibrahim Ali permanently move there.

Negarawan: We hope there will be major protests and demonstrations in London on Perkasa's extremist Islamic and racial supremacist activities.

The UK government should arrest Ibrahim Ali and the participants of this extremist group as it poses a big risk to racial and religious disturbances, and potential terrorist acts.

London should also send a diplomatic protest note to PM Najib Razak, as the president of Umno, who is the main sponsor of Perkasa.

Payee: Let Perkasa opens its branch in UK first. Then we send a memorandum of protest to the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur about this racist NGO.

Surely Najib has some explaining to do to the UK government after that.

Liujinzhong: Surely a person who often use such words to express his hate cannot last for long. Soon his fuel will run out and he will disappear to where no one knows.

Vgeorgemy: Ibrahim Ali, we are serious. Please disclose your source of the funding if you believe in truth and honesty.

Swipenter: How the radical Muslim clerics can defend and voice out their ideology and hate speeches in London is because over there freedom of speech and expression is a basic democratic right.

They will never be able to have this basic freedom elsewhere except in democratic countries like England.

But their defense of Islamic radicalism and dogmatism inevitability falls back on one single cannot be proven fact; the will of Allah, when they cannot debate you logically and factually.

So Ibrahim Ali can go over there to defend Bolehland's policies of racial discrimination, racial superiority aka Ketuanan Melayu doctrine, entitlements based on race, racial politics, etc, derived on divine source of the world's best religion.

Cry, My Beloved Country: The very abusive words and the foul language best describe the personality and mindset of this uncouth character. He does what comes naturally.

Vijay47: Malaysiakini, I am extremely alarmed and offended by the revelation that you are related to dogs and pigs.

I am just recovering from the exposure to porcine DNA I suffered through consuming Cadbury chocolates and to be further threatened now by risks of canine origin may perhaps be more than my tender health can stomach.

Please let readers know of the measures you have taken and will be taking to protect us from the ravages of animal diseases and in particular, kindly advise us as to any possible need for complete blood transfusion.

I hope I am not barking up the wrong tree and should you comply with my demand, for sure I will not cry 'wolf' nor squeal on you. -Mkini

DAP's strategy missteps cost Teluk Intan

ANALYSIS While DAP would point fingers at voter turnout and BN's election machinery as the reason for their defeat in the Teluk Intan, the hard truth is this:

DAP lost this by-election, BN did not win it from DAP.

The most obvious contributing factor to the narrow defeat is actually the party's misplaced strategy that simply did not connect with Teluk Intan voters and its demography.

The party's campaign theme and candidate choice, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, was based on the theme of breaking racial barriers and managed to capture the imagination of many around nomination day.

But what transpired after that moment inspired very little confidence from the electorate.

In short, DAP had used an urban constituency strategy to campaign in a semi-urban constituency, a mismatch that eventually cost them to lose Chinese and Indian votes that they had won in the last elections.

This problem has been attributed by some insiders to DAP's nationalisation strategy, where national leaders take the lead during a campaign like this - at the cost of opinions and insights of local leaders who understand the constituency well.

Ears not on ground

Dyana's manifesto, for example, was general and vague and offered no uniqueness to the constituency as well. She and her team had probably overlooked the fact that 65 percent of the electorate here are involved in agriculture-based industry, and issues such as GST, and national policies ring very hollow inside the estates.

A party insider admitted to Malaysiakini that neither the party campaign leaders nor Dyana "understood the demographics of Teluk Intan."

DAP's campaign kicked off amidst much anticipation, but as the days passed, their routine had become repetitive and the party made minimal foray into the Malay heartland, an Umno stronghold, despite fielding a Malay candidate.

They did not capitalise on the possibilities of using more bold strategies to introduce Dyana to the electorate.

Dyana was akin to a rough diamond, but instead of honing her, leaders ended up defending her flaws in the campaign period, and at times resorted to allowing Dyana's superficial attraction take centre stage over her substance, such as holding a programme just to allow townsfolk take "selfies" with her.

In short, while fielding Dyana was a brave and progressive decision, DAP failed to materialise that into a 12-day campaign period. The campaign itself was not bold enough - the party hardly moved away from its comfort zone.

And as in the 13th general election, the party this time had confidence due to massive turnouts at the ceramah, including one on Friday night that attracted over 10,000 people. However, as the elections have proven, the bumper crowd does not necessarily translate into votes.

Low turnout at BN events were not an indicator either. It has long been BN's tradition, even before the emergence of Pakatan Rakyat as a force, to campaign in front of small crowds, and to make house-to-house visits.

DAP, on the other hand, only started travelling into the estates in the second week of campaigning, juggling between ceramah and touch and go walkabouts in Teluk Intan's more remote areas.

Shock win for BN?

But touching base would never be enough in areas where the BN footprint has been established long ago. And Dyana's campaign theme and message offers no attraction to these outskirts voters, who at this juncture are probably looking at the candidate's offering rather than the party.

BN, while sounding cautiously optimistic, were not bullish about their chances. The new Teluk Intan MP Mah Siew Keong said he would "accept full responsibility" in the event of a loss on the morning of polling day, while Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak made no plans to come to Teluk Intan when results were announced.

When it became apparent that Mah had scored a surprise win, Umno leaders such as Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Ahmad Maslan, and others had to rush to the tallying centre.

Mah had known about his win unofficially more than an hour earlier, but had to wait for the other leaders to come down to Teluk Intan before accompanying them to the tallying centre.

This also delayed the Election Commission's official declaration of winner by more than an hour.

While some BN component parties will try to claim credit over the win, the most obvious winner in the by-election is Mah, and by extension, a revival for Gerakan.

Defeat, however, will put DAP back to the drawing board in terms of their strategies. It can no longer take the electorate for granted by fielding a political greenhorn in a constituency without understanding the constituency beforehand.

GE13 lessons not yet learned

And this lesson, if learned from, will go a long way in teaching Pakatan Rakyat and DAP where they went wrong in the last general election and where they need to improve by the time for the next general election.

The same Dyana strategy employed here cannot be employed in many semi-urban constituencies in the country.

While attempting to foray into BN strongholds, DAP must not lose sight of seats it has already won. A referendum on racial politics can work with an urban, educated electorate, but obviously would not connect with an electorate whose majority still relies on the mainstream media for information.

To illustrate, just as a hotel receptionist in Teluk Intan presumed the name Malaysiakini to be a political party, DAP has similarly miscalculated the demographic on this constituency and paid the price.

RAM ANAND is a member of the Malaysiakini team.

" Jom Kita Belajar Mengira Di PRK Teluk Intan. Macam Ada Sesuatu Yang Tidak Kena "

Posted by pengembala usang 

Sebanyak 35 pusat pengundi menerusi 120 saluran di Teluk Intan dibuka seawal pukul 8 pagi sehingga pukul 5 petang bagi proses pengundian biasa.

Seramai 39,850 pengundi atau 66.5% keluar mengundi pada (PRK) Teluk Intan, Sabtu selepas proses pengundian ditutup pada pukul 5 petang.

Sementara itu, seramai 392 daripada 410 pengundi awal atau 95.61% telah mengundi pada 27 Mei lalu.

Kawasan Parlimen Teluk Intan mempunyai 41.94% pengundi Cina, 38.61% (Melayu), India (19%), Orang Asli (0.18%) dan lain-lain (0.27%).

Dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13) Mei tahun lalu, Seah mengalahkan calon BN, Datuk Mah Siew Keong dan calon bebas, K. Moralingam dengan majoriti 7,313 undi. http://www.mstar.com.my/

Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) kerusi Parlimen Teluk Intan mencatatkan peratusan keluar mengundi kedua terendah selepas lima kali PRK diadakan sejak Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 tahun lepas.

Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata beliau juga tidak gembira dengan pengurangan lebih 8,000 pengundi berbanding jumlah pengundi yang keluar pada PRU-13. 

"Kita tidak tahu mengapa peratusan keluar mengundi rendah. Kami perlu kaji. Bagaimanapun, ia adalah proses demokrasi," katanya dalam sidang media di pusat penjumlahan undi di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Abdul Rahman Talib di Teluk Intan, hari ini.

PRK Teluk Intan mencatatkan peratusan keluar mengundi sebanyak 66.67 atau 40,236 pengundi termasuk pengundi biasa, pengundi awal dan pengundi tidak hadir. 

UNPRECEDENTED MANIA: Despite loss, Dyana broke new ground - DAP's post-mortem on poll

As expected, the Teluk Intan by-elections was a very closely fought affair. In the end, the turnout of 67% was not sufficient for the DAP to maintain this seat, losing by a razor thin majority of 238 votes.
In fact, before the results of the last polling station was returned to the DAP operations center, our candidate, Dyana Sofya, was still ahead by 25 votes. Unfortunately, the last polling station, Sungai Bugis, also happened to be an UMNO stronghold which we lost by a majority of 263 votes.
It was always going to be a bold and risky strategy on the part of the DAP to field Dyana as a young, female Malay candidate. I had highlighted these risks earlier when I wrote about why Dyana should be considered as the underdog in this contest.[1] In this earlier statement, I outlined two possible scenarios – one more positive, one more scenario – under which DAP would win or lose this seat. Unfortunately, the more negative scenario came to pass.
Chinese support down, Indian support down but Malay support up
The Chinese support for DAP decreased by 15% from 85% in GE2013 to 70% in this by-election which was the most pessimistic projection. This was somewhat surprising given the positive response that the campaign was receiving from the Chinese voters including the mammoth ceramah on the final day of the campaign.
The Indian support for DAP decreased by 10% from 62% in GE2013 to 52% in this by-election, again the most pessimistic projection.
If there was a silver lining to this campaign, it would be the slight increase in Malay support of 3% from 25% in GE2013 to 28% in this by-election. In 6 Malay majority polling stations, the DAP experienced small increases in the overall support ranging from 0.7% to 3.4%, an encouraging sign given that we were not expecting the Malay support to increase.
Many factors at play
In analysing and interpreting these by-election results, care needs to be taken to separate the short term and more local factors at play in this by-election versus the more national and longer term issues.
At the local level, the race and place of birth of both candidates, the promise of a Ministerial position for the BN candidate if elected, the fact that this by-election will not have any impact on the overall balance of politics at the national level, the usual pouring in of goodies by the BN and promises for more development that happens during a by-election and the relative lack of interest in this contest that led to a lower turnout rate were all contributory factors to the DAP’s defeat. These factors may not have as big of an impact at the national level in the context of a general election.
At the national level, the possible impact of the hudud issue especially among the Chinese community, the lack of resonance of the Hindraf and Hindraf-related issues such as the resignation of Waythamoorthy as Deputy Minister and the appeal of Pakatan Rakyat in other similar constituencies – ethnically mixed, semi-urban with many developmental needs and relatively poor internet access – are all issues which need to be pondered over by the PR national leadership.
Some specific questions which need to be raised include the following:
Firstly, will turnout in the next general election be as high as GE2013 especially if voters are turned off by the problems affecting Pakatan Rakyat such as the disagreement over hudud, problems in party elections, leadership issues within Pakatan in the state of Selangor, the Allah and the Malay bible issue, just to name a few? There is no guarantee that these problems will not escalate leading up to the next general election and if so, many voters may choose not to come back to vote. The lower turnout which partly caused DAP to lose Teluk Intan may be replicated in many other such seats.
Secondly, will Pakatan Rakyat be able to develop a convincing message to other constituencies like Teluk Intan which are semi-urban and are more likely to be convinced by promises of development rather than messages to combat corruption and to get rid of race based politics in this country? These are seats where Pakatan are either vulnerable incumbents e.g. Beruas, Bakri, Raub, Bukit Gantang, Kluang, Kuala Kedah, just to name a few or where BN are vulnerable incumbents e.g. Bentong, Cameron Highlands, Labis, Bagan Serai, just to name a few. A different and complementary strategy to what Pakatan has been doing at the national level may be needed in order for PR to defend and win these kinds of seats.
Thirdly, will Pakatan be able to capitalize on its image as a coalition that is more appealing and attractive to the younger generation and therefore younger voters? There is no question that PR has more appealing and credible younger parliamentarians compared to the BN. But the youth vote is fickle and can easily swing to the BN. The challenge for Pakatan is to provide the necessary platform for young leaders, especially young Malay leaders, to present creative ideas and credible policies to convince the younger voters that they are better placed than BN to lead the country into the future.
Pakatan still more appealing than BN
We saw a glimpse of this in Dyana’s campaign in Teluk Intan. The amount of excitement and interest which she generated at the national level especially among young Malays was, dare I say, unprecedented. Because of Dyana’s candidacy, UiTM students were talking about the DAP and not necessarily in a negative manner!
A Malaysian student in Oxford wrote about why younger Malays are abandoning UMNO, using Dyana as an example.[2] Marina Mahathir praised Dyana’s for being able to think and write for herself.[3] At the local level, Dyana received a tremendous reception from among kids and also young people where-ever she went. While most of them were not voters, they will be voters in the near future and young leaders such as Dyana are much better positioned to win them over.
The battle for Teluk Intan may have been lost by the DAP but by attempting this move to break down racial and gender barriers, new ground has been paved. I am confident that after this by-election, more young Malays would look at DAP as a possible avenue for political activism. I am confident that more young people would support Pakatan’s cause to move away from race-based politics. Pakatan’s challenge is to lead the way forward and not look back.
Dr. Ong Kian Ming is the MP for Serdang

Victory in defeat – Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud

'THIS IS NOT THE END OF DYANA SOFYA'! Fast-rising DAP star loses to Mah by 238 votes

So near, yet so far. It has been a whirlwind campaign over the last two weeks, and although we may not have achieved our ultimate goal of winning this by-election, I don’t think anyone can deny that we have given our all against the might of the entire Federal government machinery.
Despite the negative and malicious campaigning, the people of Teluk Intan have shown their strong support for the ideas, struggles and principles that my party and I stand for.
Nonetheless, I congratulate Dato’ Mah Siew Keong on his victory.
I believe that this result is a great achievement for me personally, as well as a progressive step forward for the party. In spite of the tremendous odds stacked against us, we managed to knock down barriers previously thought impossible, and that is the real victory.
I accept the outcome positively, and vow to strengthen my resolve and continue fighting for the hopes and dreams of all Malaysians. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the party leadership for their unflinching support, the campaign team for their tireless commitment, and our volunteers who sacrificed so much time and energy.
I would also like to thank our coalition partners, including leaders from PAS and PKR who gave us their strongest support. In particular, I would also like to thank the local Teluk Intan PAS machinery, as well as the PAS Muslimat, for all their efforts and solidarity.
Finally, I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere appreciations to each and every voter of Teluk Intan. You have let me into your lives and I hereby tell you that I will continue what I have started.
This is not the end but merely the beginning. If there is one thing I have learned from the last two weeks, it is that there are thousands if not millions of Malaysians who also believe in the goal of “Malaysianising” Malaysia. And so, to each and every one of you out there, I promise that the day will come when we will all roar together for a new Malaysia.
* Dyana Sofya was DAP Teluk Intan by-election candidate.

Rosmah to attend women’s summit, host fashion show in Paris

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will be attending the 2014 Global Summit of Women themed “Women: Redesigning Economies, Societies” in Paris on June 4 and 5.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Rosmah (pic) will deliver a speech at the opening of the summit before 1,000 women participants comprising leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate women from all over the world.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, wife of International Trade and Industry Minister Datin Seri Khamarzan Ahmed Meah, senior officials from related agencies as well as 60 women entrepreneurs from various corporate sectors will also be attending the conference.
During her visit to Paris, she will also host a fashion show to introduce batik, songket and other local products at Le Pre Catalan, Lenote.
"The fashion show themed 'Eleganza' which will exhibit works of five leading national designers, will be attended by 300 invited guests from the fashion industry in Paris including designers, purchasing agents, fashion business community and media personnel," the statement said today.
The show organised by Matrade, Tourism Malaysia and Kraftangan Corporation is a good platform to promote the uniqueness and variety of quality local textiles.
Rosmah will also be opening a business networking session organised by Matrade and SME Corporation aimed at expanding the business network of Malaysian women entrepreneurs with their French counterparts.
The programme will be attended by leading Malaysian women entrepreneurs in various sectors as well as French women entrepreneurs. – Bernama

Without outstation voters, DAP lost Teluk Intan to practicality and familiarity, say analysts

Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mah Siew Keong during a visit to a furniture shop in Jalan Changkat Jong in Teluk Intan, which was destroyed by fire. Mah has promised to solve local issues and develop Teluk Intan, winning him votes among Teluk Intan's older voters. – The Malaysian Insider Pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 1, 2014.Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mah Siew Keong during a visit to a furniture shop in Jalan Changkat Jong in Teluk Intan, which was destroyed by fire. Mah has promised to solve local issues and develop Teluk Intan, winning him votes among Teluk Intan's older voters. – The Malaysian Insider Pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 1, 2014.A lower turnout due to a drop in outstation voters cost DAP the Teluk Intan by-election yesterday as the ageing electorate chose practicality and familiarity in local boy Datuk Mah Siew Keong, say political analysts.
They told The Malaysian Insider the results of the Teluk Intan by-election hinged on the older voters living in the parliamentary seat, who found more appeal in the Gerakan president's promise of development and solution to their woes, rather than in DAP newbie Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.
The analysts also agreed that the candidate’s race did not play a factor in this by-election, despite the fuss made over Dyana being a Malay candidate from a Chinese party, contesting in a Chinese majority area.
“Younger voters didn’t come back to vote in large numbers and earlier analysis showed that younger voters were more in favour of DAP candidates,” Merdeka Center director Ibrahim Suffian told The Malaysian Insider.
“Elderly voters in Teluk Intan voted with practicality in mind. Mah is a local guy, they have known him for so long, he even served them as MP for two terms. That, and the promise of a ministership, tipped it in his favour,” he added.
Mah dedicated his manifesto to solving local issues and developing Teluk Intan into a tourism hub and an agro-based industry. He was a two-term MP for the federal seat but lost in the 2008 general elections.
BN ministers who had campaigned for Mah also reminded Teluk Intan locals that the constituency would require a BN representative to see any progress.
In contrast, Dyana’s campaign in Teluk Intan touched very little on local issues, in favour of national policies and ideas she would focus on as a lawmaker in Parliament, such as the rising cost of living, the goods and services tax, and youth and women’s empowerment.
Mah won the by-election with 20,157 votes against Dyana’s 19,919, giving him a razor-thin majority of 238 votes.
The final official voter turnout at the Teluk Intan by-election was 66.7% with 40,236 of 60,349 registered voters coming out to cast their ballots. The previous general election saw an 80.7% voter turnout.
It is estimated that 10% of Teluk Intan’s 60,349 electorate live outside the constituency, which equals about 6,000 voters who are generally pro-opposition.
In last year’s general election, DAP candidate, the late Seah Leong Peng won the Teluk Intan seat by 7,313 votes.
DAP's Dyana Sofya at the launch of her book during the Teluk Intan by-election campaign. Her manifesto based on ideals had failed to struck a chord among the semi-urban voters yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 1, 2014.DAP's Dyana Sofya at the launch of her book during the Teluk Intan by-election campaign. Her manifesto based on ideals had failed to struck a chord among the semi-urban voters yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 1, 2014.Ibrahim added that DAP’s candidate, Dyana, had not covered the ground enough to make up for the fact that she was a parachute candidate going up against a veteran leader born and raised in Teluk Intan.
It was her inexperience and unfamiliarity that cost Dyana her victory, and not her race, said Ibrahim.
“I think what comes across voters’ minds is that she was inexperienced. They’ve had a non-Chinese candidate there before who won, so I don’t think it’s a race thing so much.”
Mah first became MP for Teluk Intan after winning the seat in the 1999 and 4004 general elections, before losing to M. Manogaran in 2008 by a 1,830 vote majority and Seah in 2013.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said that DAP’s strategy had “failed” because the pro-opposition outstation voters were given the impression that Dyana’s win was in the bag.
“With the younger generation, her manifesto would have struck a chord. But older people want development,” he said.
“But DAP was so overconfident, the online campaign put out that she’s a star, people love her, people are lining up to take her picture."
Khoo said that DAP's approach contrasted heavily with Mah's, who told reporters even up to polling day that he was worried and felt the battle would be tough.
“So the outstation voters who would have voted for her felt it was not necessary to do so, and that is what caused the loss,” Khoo told The Malaysian Insider.
He added that the sense of urgency prevalent in last year’s general election among the pro-opposition outstation voters was missing in this by-election, as they knew there would be no change in the federal government should they return home to vote.
“She should have played the underdog, but that was done too late. DAP only realised much later that outstation voters will determine her win.”
He said that Teluk Intan locals would not be impressed by Dyana’s manifesto as they had not yet felt the impact of the GST, so it was difficult for them to relate to it.
Instead, what they related to was what Mah promised for them: better roads, more jobs, industrial status and a new university.
“At the end of the day, they had to choose a candidate they could relate to. They weren’t going to vote for someone based on ideals such as empowerment of youth and women. And most importantly, Mah promised them development.”
Khoo also faulted Dyana for making too many mistakes throughout the campaign, and relying on the party’s ideals and machinery, rather than her own self, to win over Teluk Intan.
“Her flip-flops on her mother’s involvement with Perkasa dented her credibility. The DAP was trying to minimise that, they were overprotective. At the end of the day, she didn’t stand out as a candidate, and she couldn’t stand on her own two feet.”
He said her Malay race was not really a factor, as the opposition or middle ground voters would have voted based on the party she stood for and the promises she made.
Professor James Chin of Monash noted that in terms of race, Dyana had failed to win over the Malay ground in Teluk Intan, which was still with BN.
“My guess is that the Malay ground is holding for Umno. And if the Malay ground is so big, you need a big Chinese ground to make up for it. But certainly the outstation voters didn’t come back to vote. That’s why the results were so close.
“The gamble to put Dyana to get the Malay votes failed,” he told The Malaysian Insider, adding that this was not surprising as Teluk Intan was a semi-rural community.
He said that Mah won Malay voters’ support due to Umno's machinery, which was able to penetrate further into the Malay zones and offer more material support than the opposition.
Chin added that with this win, Mah could now help give Gerakan bigger political clout in BN and slowly reverse its fortunes.
“They really need to pull themselves and deliver the goods for the people of Teluk Intan, For DAP, it's back to the drawing board and back to working hard at winning non-urban areas,” said Ibrahim.
“It shows that in semi-urban or rural areas, support will be tough for DAP and the members need to work the ground if they want to really win the next general election.” – June 1, 2014.