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April 24, 2012

Chin’s warning ‘uncalled’ for, say reps

Joseph Tawie

Dissenting SUPP representatives have taken umbrage over their president’s warning.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.


  1. In my opinion, in-fighting is good for BN, a sign that the SUPP/BN is showing crack in its foundation. SUPP is nothing but a total shame to the Chinese communities. After all, Wong Soon Koh and his brother, Dr Wong Soon Kai have been a disgrace to the people. The latter bilked hundreds of millions of ringgit from his own constituent, while in office as a BN politician. The Chinese are not that gullible to be conned again and again. Bad choice for Taib-the biggest crocodile in the world.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — April 28, 2012 @ 1:25 PM | Reply

  2. All these SUPP clowns are played by Taib for so long that they believe they are legitimate. They are just little shrimps in Taib’s sewage pond.

    Comment by RC — April 28, 2012 @ 6:46 AM | Reply

  3. Good by Fark Kui … SUPP is sick and dying … and will be buried come GE13

    Comment by tigeryk — April 24, 2012 @ 3:37 PM | Reply

  4. Not only dissident groups from their within parties saw the unfair treatment from the BN we felt the hardest pinches more than them. Should the coalition Heads remain to submit themselves, showed no bargaining spirit to fight for the overall interests of Sarawakians it might as well as best we throw our silent supports to the oppositions. Pointless to continue suffering under such selfish leaders who pretended to hold high the party flag and instead of defending Sarawakians rights and privileges their utmost agenda is, looting our State interests. It is always truth in the saying, new broom sweeps well.

    Stay united and make his coming GE the best chance, to end the 50+ years of the corruptive rule. Do it, make it real.

    Comment by miaOwkia — April 24, 2012 @ 8:01 AM | Reply

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