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KUCHING, Jan 13: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) will continue to work on building the momentum of last State election gains into coming general election in hopes of capturing seven parliamentary seats for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting emphasised that GPS component parties including SUPP must continue to keep the momentum going and aim high to deliver all 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak in coming 15th general election (GE15).
“SUPP has seven seats namely Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Serian, Sarikei, Sibu, Lanang and Miri. Currently, we only have Serian (held by Dato Sri Richard Riot for seven terms since 1990).
“The State elections have ended but the general election will come. We must all work together as we hope to replicate the outstanding results in the State election,” he told reporters at the SUPP Stakan Branch annual general meeting (AGM) and anniversary dinner 2021 held at an eatery here last night.
Ting, who is also Assistant Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, pointed out that with a strong mandate from the people especially in the last State elections, people in the peninsula will view Sarawak differently.
“It reflects our unity and strength, that we know what we are doing. Federal leaders will have to take note that the people of Sarawak are behind our Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri) Abang Johari (Tun Openg),” he said.
People are proud to be Sarawakians, he continued, because Sarawak is different notably with its immigration autonomy, racial and religious harmony, strong financial resources and a government that cares for all sectors of society.
“Only Sarawak sets up Unifor (Unit for Other Religions) to take care of the needs of other religions. Sarawak government has also continued to support Chinese education year after year with funding allocation since Tok Nan’s (the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) time.
“And the latest one, we are going to set up the sovereign fund to maintain Sarawak’s good financial position so as to ensure a bright future for Sarawak and the future generations,” he said.
With a lot of work ahead that must be undertaken seriously, Ting said SUPP is ready to face any election as the party has been working continuously throughout the years for Sarawak and its people, and not only when election approaches.
“I want to thank all the voters for giving SUPP the chance. The victory is from the people and we will work hard to deliver our pledges.
“We hope people will give us the chance (come general election),” he added.
Batu Kitang assemblyman and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang, Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap and SUPP Stakan Branch chairman Dato Sim Kiang Chiok were among those present. — DayakDaily