Dissenting SUPP representatives have taken umbrage over their president's warning.
KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Peter Chin’s warning to the seven dissenting assemblymen in the party has riled members of the group ,who alleged that Chin was not walking the prime minister’s talk on unity.
Describing Chin’s warning as “uncalled for and one that creates tension”, Bengoh assemblyman Jerip Susil said: “When he gave that warning, he did not know that we are all out to help SUPP win the seats allocated to the party.
“We never criticised the party. Nor did we criticise his leadership. What we are interested in is irregularities in the party election and that it should go back to the Registrar of Societies.
“We agree with Prime Minister [Najib Tun Razak] that we must work together to ensure BN’s victory in the coming election. Chin is not listening to the advice given by the prime minister.
“So Chin’s warning is uncalled for and one that is creating further tension among the party members.”
Susil was asked to comment on Chin’s warning which came about after the party’s central working committee (CWC) meeting yesterday.
Chin issued an indirect warning to the dissenting elected representatives who have been absent from CWC meetings since December last year. The group had boycotted the triennial delegates’ conference which they alleged was conducted with irregularities.
The seven members are Susil, Ranum Mina (Opar), Francis Harden (Simanggang), Johnichal Rayong (Engkilili), Wong Soon Koh (Bawang Assan), Lee Kim Shin (Senadin) and Tiong Thai King (MP for Sibu).
The seven had also refused to fill the vacant seats in the CWC that were reserved for them.
Chin is clueless
Chin also warned them against undermining party unity and interest.
“If this group of members carry out activities prejudicial to the party interests, we will not hesitate to institute disciplinary action against such members irrespective of their positions.”
But Susil’s contention is that Chin and his people are clueless about the work that the seven representatives are doing to help the party and the Barisan Nasional.
“He [Chin] does not know that we have been going to the ground appealing to the larger Chinese community, the Chinese Federation of Associations, and helping the common Chinese.
“Our efforts are to ensure not only SUPP retain and recapture the lost seats but also to help the BN win in the coming election,” he said.
Chin is apparently upset over rumours that Wong, who is a state senior minister, had submitted his own list of candidates to Najib and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud for endorsement.
Najib is the chairman of the federal BN, while Taib is the chairman at the state level.
Chin also reportedly warned the group not to put up its own candidates without going through the party channel.
“There must be one candidate for one seat in the seven constituencies allocated to SUPP and that candidate must come from SUPP,” he said.