SUPP still committed to MA63 rights, says party chief

SUPP still committed to MA63 rights, says party chief. (Facebook pic)

KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) maintains that its key agenda is to continue the struggle to regain the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) despite its poor showing in the May 9 election.

“SUPP will remain steadfast to our election promises, and we will continue to work closely with our coalition partners to regain the rights and privileges under MA63 in the interests of the people of Sarawak,” its president Dr Sim Kui Hian said.

In the May 9 polls, SUPP won only one parliamentary seat out of the seven it contested, with its deputy president Richard Riot successfully defending Serian.

Sim himself was defeated by DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen in Stampin by a wide margin of 14,221 votes.

But the SUPP chief said he was not demoralised by the dismal results. Speaking to FMT, he said winning and losing were both part of the election process, and that the party had to keep its promises to the people of Sarawak.

“I have lost and won in the past. It’s okay.

“Barisan Nasional (BN) is not perfect. We have our weaknesses, but it’s important for us all to stay together,” said Sim, who is also Sarawak local government and housing minister and Batu Kawah assemblyman.

“Most importantly, we will keep up our fight to regain all that was eroded and lost over the years, including legal instruments such as local laws and ordinances. We will ensure that the existing laws are respected and duly complied with according to the letter and spirit of the law.”

Sim said SUPP was looking forward to meeting with its BN partners to discuss the way forward and address weaknesses in the administration of the state government.

“Our hearts and minds are totally with the people and we are fully committed to building a stronger and greater Sarawak,” he said.