Chong: SUPP not important to GPS

Chong on SUPP
Chong (second left) fielding questions from reporters. Also seen are (from left) Wong, Tan and Yong.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 20: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen opined that Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) was totally insignificant to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Chong pointed out that the indication was clear when Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh ‘touched’ Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) by recruiting some of its leaders into Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), in which Wong is the president.

“But, the squabble between Wong and SUPP has been going on for over five years or more. Wong had touched and split SUPP but (yet) nothing has happened to him,” he told reporters at Hui Sing Park today.

“He (Wong) had quit SUPP to form United People’s Party (UPP), which was later rebranded to be PSB. And all along, he has remained as a state cabinet minister,” he said.


“However, the minute he (Wong) touched (encroached into matters related to) PRS, action was taken against him,” he added.

Recalling Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s statement saying ‘you touch one, you touch all’, Chong was however puzzled as Wong seemed to can do anything to SUPP, and yet nothing happened.

Although the whole episode has not come to an end, he believes that people can see the indication clearly as things progressed and developed.

“This is clear for us to see, that SUPP means nothing to Abang Johari, compared to other component parties in the GPS coalition,” Chong said.

“This is also an implication to tell us that SUPP cannot even fend for their rightful position in GPS, what more to fight for the rights of the rakyat,” he added.

Wong , who is also the Second Finance Minister, had paid a courtesy call to Abang Johari on July 18 (Thursday) at the Chief Minister’s Office to tender his resignation.

Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, and former Stampin MP Julian Tan were present. — DayakDaily