Kidurong is SUPP’s: Bintulu branch
BINTULU: Bintulu branch chairman of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Henry Ling said component parties should not look for every opportunity to take seats away from another member party.
He said the component parties in the Barisan Nasional (BN) must practise cooperation and help each other to ensure BN win all seats in future elections.
Speaking yesterday in response to recent statements by two senior BN Dayak leaders, Ling said SUPP Bintulu branch held an urgent committee meeting Tuesday night to discuss the Kidurong seat issue and had decided that the seat must be contested by SUPP in the next polls.
“Under the spirit of brotherhood in BN, the component parties must practise harmony, unity and mutual respect and as such must help member parties win seats including Kidurong,” Ling told a press conference.
Earlier in the week Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party president Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom and Party Rakyat Sarawak president Dato Sri Dr James Masing, reacting to a statement of Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin calling for review of seats allocation among BN components, said Kidurong should be given to another BN component in the next state election.
They reasoned that SUPP should not be allowed to contest Kidurong any more, having lost to DAP twice and consecutively too.
At the press conference yesterday, Ling hit back: “The question posed here is whether the two leaders in making the statements to the newspaper had deviated from the spirit of brotherhood in BN.”
According to him, the two leaders are experienced politicians and they should know what is appropriate and what is not when making comments for public consumption.
“Any discussion of seat re-distribution or swapping of seats must be treated as internal matter by the BN leaders and in proper venue.”
“The manner by which they handled the issue had antagonised the feelings and respect of the component parties in BN,” Ling claimed, and questioned their motive in making the statement.
Ling said in BN there was no written rule that stated if a component party had lost a seat twice it should not be allowed to contest the seat again.
“As such the two leaders should not at their own volition make such a rule and publicly say so in the newspapers,” he said.
He said his worry was that the statements of the two leaders had done certain irreparable damage and cause negative impact to the people.
According to Ling, the statement had discredited SUPP Bintulu and caused a lot of confusion to party members while SUPP Bintulu had planned to work hard to regain the support of the people.
Ling said what ought to be known was that SUPP’s consecutive defeats by DAP in Kidurong were due to many factors, some of which involved participation or the lack of support from BN component members.
“As such, all components should work together to ensure the success of the BN in Kidurong in the coming state election,” Ling said.