- POSTED: 19 May 2014 17:51
- UPDATED: 19 May 2014 18:06
DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, 27, admitted that Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mah Siew Keong, 53, posed an awesome challenge for her in the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by-election.
TELUK INTAN: DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, 27, admitted that Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mah Siew Keong, 53, posed an awesome challenge for her in the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by-election.
"But at the same time, as a young person, standing against an experienced and respected figure (Mah) in Teluk Intan is a challenge that I should welcome," she said when met by reporters after the nomination process at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Perak on Monday.
The Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) law graduate who is now political secretary to Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, was accompanied by her parents, Mohd Daud Ismail and Yammy Samat, to the nomination centre.
Also accompanying her were Lim, who is also DAP adviser, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Yammy, 59, an Ipoh Barat Umno member, said she would be accompanying her only daughter during the by-election campaign period until polling day.
"As a mother, I will always be following her and take care of her, but maybe not to all the campaign locations. All her family members, including her two brothers, give her their support," she told reporters.
She said she also advised Dyana to persevere in facing the by-election challenges and not to miss her five daily prayers.
Yammy, who joined Umno when she was 18, said although her daughter had become a DAP candidate in the by-election, her relationship with her friends in Umno was as usual.
The by-election, which will see a straight contest between Mah and Dyana, is held following the death of the incumbent MP Seah Leong Peng, 48, from DAP, on May 1.
In the 13th general election last year, Seah won with a 7,313-vote majority against Mah and independent candidate K Moralingam.
Early voting will be on May 27 and polling on May 31.