KUCHING, April 25: Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew, son of United People’s Party president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh is a Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) member.
Wong who is International Trade and E-commerce Minister however, could not answer which SUPP branch Andrew belonged to when pressed by the media.
“SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim (Hui Kian) has accepted him. That is good enough. We don’t know how SUPP is going to do it. Because within the perimeter of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), it is supposed to be so,” said Wong.
A Chinese media reporter continued to pursue the matter by asking if Andrew joining SUPP was one of the conditions stated in the MoU recently signed between SUPP and its splinter party UPP where both had agreed to seek a way for the two parties to come together as one again.
Wong promptly said ‘yes’ and reiterated that the MoU allowed a lengthy process whereby the two parties would come together.
“We will talk about this later after this election. Now we put our energy in facing the (14th) General Election.”
“All that we hope is the voters, especially the Chinese voters, stay united and we will try to increase our representation within BN.
“That has been why SUPP is sending out its top lieutenants where even Dr Sim himself has to take the risk and stand to contest.
“Let us work together to have more representation within Parliament and BN (Barisan Nasional),” said Wong when met by the press at the presentation of appointment letters to state BN candidates at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu headquarters today.
He stressed that the MoU was an understanding which would work out perfectly after GE14.
“We will discuss in detail between the two parties so that we will have greater representation in BN.”
He said UPP members are aware of the entire MoU where a consultative committee made up of six leaders has been set up. SUPP will be headed by its deputy president Datuk Seri Richard Riot and UPP, by its deputy president, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.
Meanwhile, Andrew will be fielded by BN-SUPP to wrest back Sibu constituency from Democratic Action Party (DAP). — DayakDaily