Dear friends: I won't be turning my FB image black because I do not feel defeated in the slightest. We did not get the results we had hoped, but we won the popular vote and the moral victory.
Over 5 million of us voted for change despite opposition candidates not having access to the mainstream media
PR retained the richest states in the country, Selangor and Penang
We got rid of racist extremist candidates like Zul Nordin and Ibrahim Ali
Nurul Izzah won against a candidate who had way more money and influence within the Federal Government
And many more (perhaps others can help collate the reasons we can stay positive)
How can I feel defeated when I saw the best of Malaysians - Malays, Indians and Chinese who came out to vote for change?
How can I feel defeated when I saw the millions of people throughout the country come out in rain and shine to show their support at opposition ceramah's where there was no food and no money being dished out?
How can I feel defeated when I know that there will be a greater checks and balances within Parliament because we have empowered the opposition?
How can I feel defeated when the we ensured that BN only got a simple majority, sending them a strong message that they cannot continue with Business as Usual?
I do not agree that we need to be in mourning. We are neither defeated nor diminished.
To go black or feel defeated would be to tell my 72-year old mum who waited for 2 hours to vote, or my dad who went in a wheelchair to vote, or for the millions of old and young people who moved mountains to cast their vote that we failed, and we didn't.
For me, we won in the ways that mattered the most.
Chin up my friends :)