Party members urged to be united to support SUPP’s fight for MA63 rights

Dr Soon hoisting the SUPP flag watched by Tiang on his left and other party members.

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By William Isau

SIBU, June 4: Lack of party unity could scuttle Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) efforts to secure Sarawak’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

SUPP Youth chief Michael Tiang Ming Tee said, in line with the party’s name, the spirit of unity should be upheld by all party members, especially its five branches in Sibu, namely Pelawan, Nangka, Dudong, Bukit Assek and Bawang Assan.

He said lack of unity would threaten to divide the party and might even affect its fight for MA63.

“If there is a split between us, maybe our MA63 struggle will be in vain and unattainable.

“Unity among the five branches of our party here is very important because the MA63 struggle requires unity among us to achieve it,” he said at the flag-raising ceremony in conjunction with SUPP’s 64th anniversary at the SUPP Sibu Headquarters at Jalan Kampung Datu here, today.

Tiang who is also SUPP vice president said the main role of the party is to fight for matters related to the welfare of Sarawakians.

Thus, the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government II urged all party members to put aside trivial internal issues.

He said any issue should be discussed among party members to reach a consensus and avoid any unnecessary disputes that could split the party.

“We have to learn what happened in SUPP first where there was a split. Therefore, I want all party members from the five branches here to defend the existing unity not only within the party but with other component parties of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS),” said the Pelawan assemblyman.

Meanwhile, SUPP Dudong honorary chairman Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck also spoke about the brief history of the party and emphasised the importance of the five SUPP branches here remaining united.

At the event, Dr Soon was given the honour of raising the SUPP flag.

Also present were Bukit Assek assemblyman and SUPP Bukit Assek deputy chairman Joseph Chieng, SUPP Dudong chairman Councilor Wong Ching Yong, SUPP Bukit Assek chairman Dato Chieng Buong Toon, SUPP Pelawan chairman Councilor Clarence Ting, SUPP Nangka chairman Benson Chua and SUPP Bawang Assan chairman Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew. — DayakDaily