The three Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidates who lost here in the just- concluded general election have thanked their supporters, and vowed to continue with their struggle in championing the interests of people. “We would like to extend our appreciation to all the residents here who supported and voted for the PKR candidates in the just- concluded elections,” said lawyer Jonathan Yasin yesterday. Jonathan and PASOK candidate Vitos Mark Koding lost to BN-UPKO candidate Datuk Siringan Gubat who obtained a 7,251-vote majority by polling 14,074 against Jonathan’s 6,823 and Vitos’ 619. BN-UMNO incumbent Datuk Masidi Manjun retained the Karanaan state seat in a straight fight against Atin @ Attin Naisin of PKR with a 5,116-vote majority, while BN-UPKO incumbent Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin retained the Paginatan state seat in a four- cornered tussle with PKR’s Paul Kerangkas, Johumin Ampadong of Bersekutu and independent Mat Jaili Samat, with 3,457-vote majority. Jonathan said the PKR would strengthen the party’s machinery at the grassroots level in preparation for the next general election. “The political scenario in Sabah has changed and PKR will continue with its struggle in fighting for the rights and interests of the Sabahans,” he added.