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Zahid not impressed with Dyana, tells cops ‘she is a little pretty in pictures, on TV only’

Zahid meeting with the police personnel at the event held at the Tactical Police Headquarters in Teluk Intan today. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 25, 2014.Zahid meeting with the police personnel at the event held at the Tactical Police Headquarters in Teluk Intan today. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 25, 2014.There is no point voting for DAP’s Teluk Intan candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud for her looks, as she is not as pretty in person as in pictures and on television, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The Umno vice-president told about 200 police personnel in Teluk Intan that he had personally met Dyana once and was not impressed by her appearance.

“Vote early, and vote the best person among all the good candidates. If you want to choose someone who is pretty, but cannot serve you, what is the point?” Zahid said at the event held especially for the local police.

“She doesn’t stay here. I look at her, I faced her, I shook her hand, she’s not that pretty. In the pictures, she is a little pretty, in the television, she is only slightly pretty,” he said, prompting laughter from the male-dominated crowd.

Dyana faces Barisan Nasional’s Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong in a straight fight for the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat. The polling date is May 31.

He told the men in blue that even “Tuan Goh’s wife was prettier than Dyana", in what is believed to be a reference to Hilir Perak police chief, assistant commissioner Goh Kak Liang.

“Tuan Goh’s wife is prettier... when she was younger. But she is still pretty. Is she here in the audience?” asked Zahid in jest.

“But I am not campaigning. Just choose anyone, as long as that person is the same as me,” he added.

Later, at a press conference, Zahid denied DAP’s allegations that fewer than 10,000 police were designated to fight crime and that the bulk of the police force were tasked with protecting politicians.

“All police officers either directly or indirectly fight against crime. Don’t think that only those under the Criminal Investigation Department fight crime. All departments have one main duty, which is to fight crime,” said Zahid.

He said the Special Branch, which has been accused of only serving politicians’ needs, had helped provide the police with information on gangsters and militant activity.

“Do not belittle the police’s responsibilities just because you want to win,” said Zahid.

When asked on how he knew which Rela members had voted in last year’s general election, as reported yesterday, Zahid said Rela worked together with the Election Commission (EC) officers to determine who cast their vote.

“We have a list of all Rela officers, with their names and identity cards. The Rela members who are elegible to vote are already registered with Rela,” said Zahid.

He said Rela then cross-checked the list with the EC’s list of those who cast their votes in the May 5 general election.

Yesterday, Zahid had warned Rela members in Teluk Intan that he knew the identity of the 2,019 members who had not voted in the 2013 general election. – May 25, 2014.

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