Dr Sim: SUPP candidate list submitted, awaiting CM announcement

Dr Sim (second left) speaking to reporters at the Kota Padawan Recreational Park today, flanked by Batu Kitang incumbent Lo Khere Chiang (left) and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) deputy chairman Cr Dato’ Ahmad Datuk Sri Ibrahim (second right).

KUCHING, Nov 19: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has revealed that the party has submitted its list of candidates for the coming 12th Sarawak Election, and that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg will announce the final selection in due time.

“The name list have been submitted, and all the potential candidates have also been asked whether they have been working for the people in the last few years,” he said after officiating at the launching ceremony of Kota Padawan Recreational Park near 10th Mile Market (roundabout), today.

Dr Sim was responding to a question asked by reporters regarding the list of SUPP candidates for the coming Sarawak Election.

When pressed on whether SUPP will be contesting in all its 20 traditional seats, Dr Sim said “nothing has changed”.

He said including Mambong constituency, SUPP has never had more than 20 seats.

“Last time, it was also 20 seats, including one Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate, and for this time around, there is no BN direct candidate,” he added.

Meanwhile, when asked about the possibility of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng as one of the potential candidates for SUPP, Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing, said nothing is certain yet.

He emphasised that as a whole, the party wants to put forward the best possible individuals to be the people’s representative.

“We are not going to push for the worst candidates to be your local representative. Everyone will have a chance if they are good.

“There are many names, and surveys are still going on in many areas. This is not a party survey, but it is an independent survey,” he explained. — DayakDaily