James Chan Khay Syn (picture)is the new mayor of Kuching City South Council (MBKS). It was decided at yesterdays cabinet meeting the seat which was vacant since August 23rd 2007 following the untimely demise of the former mayor.
Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin told reporters after the meeting that the cabinet had decided to appoint a non-politician due to the “political circumstances”.
“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,” he said.
He pointed out that SUPP had made its case before the cabinet arrived at its decision, but at the moment, the cabinet feels it is better to have a non-politician to run the city to avoid controversy.
Reporters waited more than three hours in Wisma Bapa Malaysia’s lobby to ask Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud if the cabinet had appointed the new mayor, but when he stepped out of the lift, he told them to direct their questions at Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is also SUPP president.
However, Dr Chan, when met at his office on the building’s 20th floor, told the reporters to ask Manyin, the minister in charge of local government. Incidentally, Manyin happened to be with him at that time.
It seems that SUPP had it coming for them again this time.