By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, June 4: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) members were today reminded to take unity and service to the people of Sarawak seriously at all times.
“They are the key to the survival and progress of SUPP,” emphasised Karambir Singh, SUPP Piasau Branch secretary-cum-organising chairman of its flag-raising ceremony here today to commemorate the party’s 60th anniversary.
On the aims of today’s event, he explained that the party was fighting for a just and equal society for all Malaysians, irrespective of their race and religion, based on parliamentary democracy.
“We want to promote and ensure the economic and cultural advancements of all races, particularly to improve the economic conditions of all workers and those who are economically backward,” said Karambir.
Meanwhile, some 50 members were at SUPP Piasau Branch office early today to attend the flag-raising ceremony.
Branch head-cum-SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting reiterated that his party is the oldest one in the state and that it was set up in 1959 to fight for the people and the interests of Sarawak.
“Today marks the day when on June 4, 1959, people from different races and backgrounds gathered at the residence of (the late Tan Sri) Stephen Yong Kuet Sze to discuss the formation of the first political party in Sarawak,” he said, adding that the late Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui was then nominated as its first president.
Ting maintained that SUPP had always been fighting for the people and Sarawak since its establishment and hoped the new generation of members would continue to do the same.
“Currently, we have a new leadership under YB Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, and I urge all our members to give full support to the party president to continue the work of our founders,” he said. — DayakDaily