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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Dec 16: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) is committed to winning all the seats it is contesting in Kuching especially those which have been represented by the opposition for the last 10 to 15 years.
Among the opposition strongholds in Kuching are N9 Padungan, N10 Pending and N12 Kota Sentosa which were most recently represented by Democratic Action Party (DAP) while N11 Batu Lintang was represented by Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).
SUPP president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian who will be defending his N14 Batu Kawah seat said Sarawak is the last frontier in Malaysia and must be protected from polarisation and extremism.
“I want every place in the southern region of Sarawak to move on because many of the areas have been held by the opposition for the last 10 to 15 years and we do not want the constituents to be jealous of Batu Kawah (in terms of its development).
“We want them to join Batu Kawah so that Kuching as a whole can move forward and undergo modernisation and improvement in living conditions under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS),” he told a press conference at SUPP headquarters today.
He said the people of Kuching must be brave to make a change, adding that voting for the same opposition leaders would only bring the same results as seen from the last 10 to 15 years.
N13 Batu Kitang incumbent Lo Khere Chiang who concurred with Dr Sim’s remark implied that it is important for Sarawak to maintain its political stability and have a strong government in order to fight for the State’s rights.
Citing the passing of Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2021 related to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in Parliament yesterday (Dec 15), he said the achievement was doable due to GPS’s strength and support.
“Therefore, let’s continue to be strong under a GPS government and protect our State Legislative Assembly (DUN). I appeal to the people of Sarawak to come out on polling day (Dec 18) to vote (for GPS candidates) and we will do the rest,” he said.
Meanwhile, N9 Padungan candidate Dato Wee Hong Seng acknowledged that it will not be an easy fight to defeat his opponents especially when one of them is the State opposition leader-cum-Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
He revealed that he has been facing many internal and external issues this election but they never dampened his spirit to serve the people.
“If you look at my manifesto, it is not plucked from the air. I have experiences and have served the people during my time working in Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and now serving as a mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS).
“Certain groups of people would prefer a leader who likes to talk and shout while some would want those who will plan for the future and serve the people. For so many years, we have seen nothing but cheap talk.
“What I can say is that I will do my best. I’d like to appeal to the voters to vote for me and let me serve you for the next five years. I will not only deliver but I will honour all the promises I have put up in my manifesto,” he said.
Also present were SUPP operations director Datuk Matthew Chen Thin Kong, SUPP’s N10 Pending candidate Milton Foo, N11 Batu Lintang candidate Sih Hua Tong and N12 Kota Sentosa candidate Wilfred Yap. – DayakDaily