DAP must not be afraid to lose in elections as we must learn from the crushing defeat in the Sarawak state elections yesterday so that we can become stronger to fight for justice, freedom and human empowerment another day

DAP must not be afraid to lose in elections as we must learn from the crushing defeat in the Sarawak state elections yesterday so that we can become stronger to fight for justice, freedom and human empowerment for all Sarawakians and Malaysians another day.

The test of a political movement dedicated to the higher ideals of justice, freedom and human empowerment is the ability not to be crushed by a “crushing defeat”, but the ability to rise from a “crushing defeat” to be stronger and more committed to our cause to fight another day.

We can bemoan that if the voter turnout had been more than 70 percent and close to 76.3 per cent as in the 2013 Paliamentary elections and not just 68.1% yesterday, DAP Sarawak could have kept the 12 state assembly seats won five years ago.

In fact , on the same day that the Sarawak voters went to polls yesterday, a political analyst Bridget Welsh had predicted the Sarawak state general election outcome in her article, “A ‘fixed’ result – Sarawak’s electoral distortions” in Malaysiakini, explaining that the non-independent Election Commission (EC) had staked the system in the Barisan Nasional’s favour in how it had delineated and recently redrawn the state’s electoral boundaries – resulting in the DAP Sarawak losing five of the 12 state seats and the greatest victim of such “BN-created electoral constituencies in the state” is Alan Ling Sie Keong, DAP Sarawak State Secretary in a redelineated Piasau assembly seat.

It is because of such gerrymandering that Adenan could predict during the election campaign that the BN would win at least 70 of the 82 seats, which turns out finally to be 72.

Be that as it may, as we are committed to political change throughout the democratic process, we must be prepared to face victories and defeats through the ballot box.

The problem in life’s struggle is not falling down but the ability to stand up after a fall, however big the fall, and to continue the battle for justice, freedom and human empowerment.

Despite our disappointment and setbacks, DAP will not be deflected from our objective to elect a full slate of Chinese, Dayak and Malay state assembly representatives in the Sarawak State Assembly.

It has taken DAP Sarawak 18 long years to be elected into the Sarawak State Assembly and DAP Sarawak is prepared for the long haul together with like-minded Sarawakians to achieve the next target, to elect a new State Government in Sarawak which will give top priority to the needs and rights of the people of Sarawak instead of just to the cronies of the powers-that-be.

Finally, let me congratulate Adenan for his re-election and appointment as Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years, and his promise of Adenan’s Team and Adenan’s Way instead of Najib’s Team and Najib’s Way.

(Media Conference Statement in Kuching on the results of the 11th Sarawak State General Elections on Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 12 noon)

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 12:39 pm

    LKS getting senile n dumb
    Gerrymandering was so obvious prior 2 d state erection
    New state seats were created in favor of UmnoB/BN n 2 weaken seats occupied previously by DAP, PKR
    UmnoB/BN n EC r NO fools – they have all d details of votes cast in each polling station. Hence, they can strategically carve a constituency (especially one won by an opposition political party) 2 two or more constituencies 2 their favour

    D 2016 Sarawak erection was held under a couple of new factors:
    Gerrymandering by UmnoB/BN, new constituencies created 2 their favour
    Opposition no longer under d previous Pakatan alliance, which meant that PAS would not ask their supporters 2 vote 4 DAP n PKR; instead, PAS would ask their supporters 2 vote against DAP n PKR

    Like it or not, during d last two erections, Pakatan, as a political entity, contributed 2 d success of DAP n PKR. PAS, DAP, n PKR, when speaking in 1 voice, did manage 2 convince their respective supporters 2 vote 4 Pakatan candidates

    Knowing these factors, DAP n PKR still unable 2 put up a united front – even dared 2 fark n condemn each other openly

    They got what they deserved

    Yea, “must not be afraid to lose in elections” – carry on macam ini n continue 2 lose erections

    STUPID – still thinking of past glories when d current dynamics had changed so much; kena FARKed by UmnoB/BN, PAS, n PKR fr all sides, still DON’T know


  2. #2 by boh-liao on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 1:00 pm

    Lagi, DON’T take 4 granted dat non-Malays n enlightened Malays in urban constituencies MUST vote 4 DAP n PKR candidates

    Gradually many r FED UP with blardi arrogant n inter-farking DAP n PKR

    D 2016 Sarawak erection results gave bright HOPE 2 MCA, Gelakan, n MIC 2 win urban seats in d next GE & 2 win back Penang n Selangor

    Way 2 go

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 1:14 pm

    How did PKR vs DAP seat ended up? In Batu Kitang, the result was as DAP predicted.

    Frankly speaking, those who says opposition have to be humble are apologist. The troubles in Sarawak is all PKR fault and they are unrepentant trying to share the blame. Azmin, Tian CHUA, Jeyakumar all have to step aside as soon as possible. The problem extent to National, not just local Sarawak politicians.

    The fight in GE is UMNO AND PAS. PKR refusal to fight them, even sometimes hesitating with UMNO, is just being apologist. They are half measures and that will not do, not when UMNO, PAS has decided and ruthlessly decided the other way.

  4. #4 by worldpress on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 5:35 pm

    High percentage of people stay here are COWARDs and CORRUPTED!
    Rights & Honor can SELL or BARTER TRADE!

  5. #5 by worldpress on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 5:37 pm

    Bumi putra a word can fool them and block others encourage to help/protect the na tives!

  6. #6 by Leonchong on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 5:47 pm

    Failure is the mother of all successes. However a loss should be a lesson of the weaknesses and one should not start looking for excuses. Why this crushing defeat?
    1) How much is it attributed to aggressive personal politics? Ghandhi says “Hate the sin not the sinner!”. Something to be learnt.
    2) Sarawakian identity. From Sarawak, by Sarawak for Sarawak. Silent sensitivity. Sarawakian gentle nature and respect is not use to the abrasive ways.
    3) Clearly the in fighting portrayed an image of leaders with big egos. Listen more and be fair for the actions of all.
    4) large ceramah turnout maybe only entertainment value. Agenda is more important than attacking the opponent.

  7. #7 by drngsc on Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 10:01 pm

    Yes, we are all in shock and acutely depress after 7th May night. We are soul searching badly and trying to see where we each went wrong. We love Malaysia and know for sure that DUMNO is leading us to ruins We have to find answers to, 1. How do you win an un-democratic election using democratic means? 2. Is there a way to counter severe gerry meandering? 3. How do we fight “buy elections”? 4. How did our own errors in judgement contribute to our loss?
    Post mortem and soul searching should be detailed and leave no stone unturned. Egos should be set aside (close doors ) and issues voiced out. Maybe good ( even as DAP has held many fund raising dinners ) to hold town hall like meetings around the country, so that their supporters can rally and brain storm. Yes, it may turn rowdy, but it allows the soul to heal. There must be closure. We have to come to terms with this defeat, bounce back, and be stronger, in time for GE 14. There are two more buy elections coming.
    May 7th, like May 5th is a dark dark day for Malaysia.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Monday, 9 May 2016 - 8:48 am

    SHOCKed with d results!?!
    Y? Still don’t understand?
    D writing’s on d wall right from d Nomination Day
    Still want 2 syiok diri n blame others

    After 8 years of alliance, DAP n PKR’s working relationship should b growing fr strength 2 strength
    They should hv better understanding n negotiation procedures

    Instead, they fark n sodomise each other

    No political IQ, but huge political EGOs, getting self-induced pseudo org@sm

    MORE shocks coming in d next 2 buy erections

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