Wong: UPP to keep contacting SUPP

KUCHING: United People’s Party (UPP) will continue to contact SUPP on the setting up of a joint committee to discuss seat arrangements for the next state election.

UPP president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, speaking during the launching cum installation ceremony of UPP Samarahan branch at KTS Garden on Sunday, said although SUPP continued to keep mum on this matter, he would keep knocking on the party’s door as he believed issues between the two parties could only be resolved through discussions.

Recently, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was said to have advised both sides to form a 10-man working committee—five from each party—to iron out seat arrangements by Dec 1 in preparation for the state polls.

It is understood that in the event there was nothing to show for by Dec 1, Adenan, also State BN chairman, would make the decision on seat allocation for both parties.

Although SUPP did not respond to UPP’s requests to meet up, the party (SUPP) had, in recent weeks, made it publicly clear that it intended to hang on to all the 19 seats it is traditionally allocated, namely Opar, Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Batu Kawah, Bengoh, Simanggang, Engkilili, Repok, Meradong, Bukit Asek, Dudong, Bawang Assan, Pelawan, Kidurong, Piasau, Pujut and Senadin.

SUPP is also hoping to get a couple of the 11 new state seats.

But UPP, formed last year by former SUPP members following the party crisis, wants a few of those seats, including the ones currently held by UPP members, namely Bawang Assan (Wong), Bengoh (Datuk Dr Jerip Susil), Opar (Ranum Mina) and Engkilili (Dr Johnicol Rayong).

Wong said all communities in the state, especially the Chinese community, should not be divided anymore, and UPP was working hard to ensure it happened.

He opined Chinese in the state were not united due to different political ideologies.

“UPP will fight hard to find a common ground among the Chinese community in Sarawak. I hope Sarawakian Chinese of different political ideologies can sit down together and discuss to find a common reason to be united.”

But before UPP could iron out the differences with those who supported the opposition, he admitted UPP must first sort out differences between UPP and SUPP.-Borneo Post

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