7 May 2013
We are disappointed but not defeated, down but not diminished. We are pained that the people we are trying to help do not see the truth and have not heard our message yet, but perhaps the years of brainwashing and intimidation have worked so well that the minds of the people require just as many years to liberate. Our hearts are heavy but we have no intention of giving up the fight. We do not offer excuses for our loss, nor do we blame anyone for it.
Disappointed we may be, but we also rejoice that the people of Miri have chosen Dr Michael Teo to represent them in Parliament. PKR Sarawak has gone from 0 to 1 seat, and DAP has increased from 2 to 5, significant steps for Sarawakians in this journey towards truth and justice. The flame has been lit, the first step taken forward for PKR Sarawak.
The struggle of the opposition against the established regime in any country is never easy. However, history has shown that once the people start to awaken, there is no turning back the march, no silencing the voices of the masses. GE13 has shown that 2013 is not the year we get to cry ‘Freedom!’ but there is no doubt in my mind that the day will surely come.
Our campaign team and candidates will regroup for a post mortem to identify our mistakes and weaknesses, review our strategies and chart the way forward. The road to freedom and democracy is long and arduous, and we do not labour under the delusion that it is anything else. GE13 was one of the bumps for us along the way. Or a landslide obstruction. But we will carry on, resolute and steadfast. Many times I have been reminded that man proposes but God disposes. We will keep on proposing and laying the path, unwavering in the belief that this road we forge will lead us to the justice and liberty we seek.
We thank our workers and supporters for their belief in us, their endless prayers and encouragement and their financial contribution towards our campaign. We truly could not have gone through the last two years without their faith and their backing. We hope and pray that they will continue this journey with us as we move forward with unfaltering hope, undiminished determination and unclouded conviction in our cause for the citizens of this country. For a Better Malaysia.