SUPP Stakan branch launches “I am Sim Kiang Chiok” campaign amid DAP’s demand for public apology

Sivanesan speaking during the press conference.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 8: The Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Stakan branch has initiated a campaign entitled “I am Sim Kiang Chiok” in showing undivided support for its chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok who had been demanded by the State Democratic Action Party (DAP) to make a public apology over an alleged Facebook post.

The SUPP Stakan branch secretary Sivanesan Sanmugalingam described the action by DAP as a willful attempt to stop airing their views.

“As a member of political parties, we (SUPP Stakan branch) are of the opinion that this is a misuse of the legal process and we are here to state that enough is enough.

“Following that, we are launching the ‘I am Sim Kiang Chiok’ campaign to show our support for the branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok. You touch one, you touch all,” he said in a press conference held at SUPP headquarters in Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui here today.

He said the campaign seeks to galvanise all the silent majority to come out and voice their dissatisfaction on the matter.

He also said the Facebook post which the DAP found as an offence was originated from another individual and had been reshared or reposted by countless individuals.

“However, the DAP has singled out our chairman for action in court and we believe that this is just a political ploy to silence our chairman who has been very vocal in the press and social media for the past years since 2011,” he added.

Sivanesan explained that the Facebook post followed an old issue of DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng in 2019 who had requested Sarawak to pay RM350 million before the then Pakatan Harapan federal government could allocate RM1 billion to repair the dilapidated schools in the State. — DayakDaily