The Chinese have a saying “越摸越黑” which loosely translate as the more you grind, the blacker it goes but it means the more you try to meddle into something, the worse it gets. The worse it gets is precisely what I’m referring to the strings of attacks against Dyana Sofya by BN leaders that she is a newbie, she is inexperienced, she is not a big shot which means she is nobody in DAP compared to Dato’ Mah Siew Keong.
By undermining Dyana Sofya, the BN leaders are not going to help Mah Siew Keong to win the votes; instead it will indirectly help to bring the sympathy votes to her. Perhaps, there are two things that many BN leaders who are not from Teluk Intan may not know; the people of Teluk Intan have the tendency to give young candidate a chance and sympathize with the weaker ones. If one bothers to study the voting pattern in Teluk Intan, most of the elected candidates, be it for the parliament seat or its two state seats, were elected in their 30s.
Former Teluk Intan MP and former Health Minister, Dr. Ng Kim Poh was elected when he was in his 30s when he succeeded the first MP, Wah Keng Jooi. Another MP, Chan Fu King whom daughter, Chan Lai Kuan was my classmate was in his early 30s too when elected in 1969. The late Ong Tin Kim was elected when he was in his 30s too.
The former MP, the late Seah Leong Peng was first elected as Pasir Bedamar State Assemblymen at the age of 33 in 1999. Mah Siew Keong himself was elected as a State Assemblyman when he was 34. Both were nobody too back then, and both have to ride on the names of their grandfather to be known. If not for Seah Buan Bee and Dato’ Mah Pooi Soo, will people know Seah Leong Peng and Mah Siew Keong? And if it is not for the opportunities given by the people, will they become somebody?
Everyone is nobody before becoming someone applies to almost all politicians from both sides of the divide too except for few lucky like our Prime Minister, Defense Minister and some other MPs. However, that does not mean that they will be propelled automatically to become MP. It just made their path easier but history has also shown that family name may not necessary help to win an election. Everyone will still have to go back to the people to give them the opportunity to be someone.
It is the same for all of us too. We all started as nobody before making our ways either in career or business, and that is also thanks to the many people that guide us and give us the opportunities along the way. Each of us has a story to tell about the people that help to make us what we are today and the opportunities given to us. One advice that I’ll never forget is that never undermine other people for that person may one day become your superior. Who knows if one day Dyana Sofya will be the Prime Minister of Malaysia?
Therefore, I hope that BN leaders will stop making a mockery of Dyana Sofya in order to help Mah Siew Keong to win his battle.