Malaysiakini Correspondent from Sarawak Tony Thien writes:-In a further indictment of the Sarawak United People’s Party’s (Supp) weakening position, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has rejected their candidate for mayor of Kuching City South. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83692
Our full report:- New Kuching City Mayor-not from SUPP https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/new-kuching-city-mayor-not-from-supp/
Meanwhile a Senior Branch leader from SUPP in Kuching was quick to point up that its a bitter blow to SUPP and we might be the next “Gerakan” in the next elections and we might be wiped out. There is a lot of unhappiness and the grassroots are saying that the leaders are not good enough and some even are so angry and suggested that pulling out of the coalition might be a better deal.
Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin told reporters “I think if SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party) wants its candidate as mayor, it better work hard to regain the four seats in Kuching so as to have stronger and better bargaining power,”
A Divisional branch leader from Sungai Teku and a Sibu Municipal councillor was quick to support his President’s unhappy stance and that the party would have to work hard to regain the mayor’s post by building up the trust and confidence of the electorate in Kuching. He further added that though SUPP losts 4 out of 5 seats in Kuching the “Component Party Leader”should not have uttered such a statement. We have losts and if a coalition partner have losts we will not pull a Knife and aim for the heart. In other words the PBB leader should choose the right words for the Press consumption after all we are partners in the coalition.
Another Branch Secretary from SUPP a councillor from MBKS was indeed happy for the appointment of James Chan as the new Mayor but was not so compromising with the Ministers attack on the Party President. Why we lost? He said we losts the seats as we know we did not see to the peoples needs. Our governments policy in regards to the land issue is not up to what the people requests and the voters have made their voices heard in the ballot polls in the State and Parliamentary Elections.
A SUPP political Secretary to the Chief Minister congratulated James Chan on his appointment and he hopes that he will perform his duties to the bests of his abilities. This should not be an issue anymore and we should look after the rakyats needs as the appointment has already been made.
SUPP will need to address this issue positively or else there will be more misery for the party.