DAP’s call for Dr M’s return as PM a slap in the face for Sarawak chapter, says SUPP leader

SUPP youth chief Michael Tiang (left) urged Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen to quit the DAP and join SUPP.

KUCHING: The DAP leadership’s call for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to return to the top post is a slap in the face for Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said a Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) leader.

Yesterday, it was reported that DAP would call for Mahathir to return as the prime minister at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council emergency meeting, which is expected to be held tonight.

Mahathir had submitted his resignation letter as the prime minister yesterday afternoon, after a day of political manoeuveres among MPs from PPBM, Umno, PAS and others intent on forming a new coalition to take power.

Speaking to FMT, SUPP youth chief Michael Tiang said he was “puzzled” with the statement by DAP as Chong had not not long ago stated his support for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to be the country’s next prime minister.

Earlier this month, Chong had said Sarawak DAP’s main agenda was for Anwar to be the country’s next prime minister.

Under a deal struck by the PH leadership before the last general election, Anwar is to succeed Mahathir as prime minister.

Tiang said the conflicting statements by the DAP top leaders had shown that the voices of Sarawak DAP leaders were “insignificant” and “carried no weight at all”.

He then urged Chong and the other Sarawak DAP leaders to quit the party and join SUPP instead. SUPP is part of the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) party in the state.

“I urge Chong and the other Sarawak DAP leaders to forego the party and join SUPP to fight for Sarawak.

“This is what GPS is doing where its leaders had reiterated that our stand is to stay politically neutral and independent because our focus is for the betterment of the state.

“We don’t want to be part of the power games in the peninsula. What we want is to fight for the interest of Sarawak,” he told FMT.