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While the sky seems dark now, the sun will appear again soon. We must keep hoping, says Steven Sim.

Keeping hope alive - Photograph: Wikipedia
Keeping hope alive – Photograph: Wikipedia

This morning I received a call from one of my constituents. She appealed to me to protest against the overall result of the 13th general election. She said it does not reflect the will of the people. She cried on the phone. I cried in my heart.

Many Malaysians woke up with a hopeful expectation of a new nation finally birthed. But the mood of our country is as sombre as the morning weather in Bukit Mertajam today, dark and gloomy. We are not sure what to do, we have placed so much hope in this general election yet the results seemed to fail us.

I thank Bukit Mertajam for giving me the opportunity to serve. I know we have no time for celebratory pauses, because the struggle is not over. But allow me to remind all of us that we have reasons to rejoice as well. We won bigger majority in states like Penang and Selangor, almost captured Terengganu and Perak and we won more seats in Parliament.

Yes, it is painful to see Hope stillborn, but if we love our country, if we love each other, if we want a better world for our future generation, we must persevere. While the sky seems dark now, the sun will appear again soon. We must keep hoping. I dedicate a poem I wrote this morning to all Malaysians who mourn for Hope – we must keep hoping. The alternative is not a choice.

Hope yet unborn

We struggled in the dark,
Led by that one dim light ahead,
Girded with our skin, bare and stark,
We fought against the tides of fate.

’tis a battle beyond our little hearts,
To possess this Hope forlorn;
But together, our hearts enlarge,
And cling to this Hope stillborn.

Yes, the path is painful, full of thorns,
But we must go on, and on, and on;
We must exhaust our strengths, our songs,
To birth this Hope yet unborn.

Keeping Hope alive,

Steven Sim Chee Keong is the new member of parliament for Bukit Mertajam.

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