SUPP urges Sarawakians to reject peninsula politics threatening unity, undermining GPS efforts

Lo (second right) presenting the SUPP flag to Yap (second left), witnessed by Dr Sim (third right) and other party leaders in a ceremony at SUPP headquarters on June 4, 2024. The party's Kota Sentosa branch will take charge of SUPP's 66th anniversary celebration in 2025.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 4: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) calls on Sarawakians not to support individuals or groups, particularly those affiliated with Peninsular Malaysian party politics, whose agendas could threaten Sarawak’s unity and undermine Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) efforts in fostering harmony and bringing progress to the region.

Batu Kitang assemblyman and committee chairman for SUPP’s 65th anniversary celebration Dato Lo Khere Chiang affirmed SUPP’s firm support for the leadership of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg who has led Sarawak to attain record-high revenue and bolstered its financial reserves.


“I hope to see all Sarawakians fully supporting the Sarawak government. With our Premier at the helm, Sarawak is also implementing various initiatives in the new industries, taking over Bintulu Port, setting up our own bank and airline and we are on our way to give free tertiary education to all eligible Anak Sarawak,” he said when speaking at the celebration at SUPP headquarters here today.

Deputy Premier and SUPP president Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian officiated at the event, which was attended by Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng as well as party veterans, leaders and members.

Observing a flag raising ceremony in conjunction with the celebration, Lo reaffirmed SUPP’s commitment to do the right thing, speak up for the people, protect Sarawak’s rights, fight for the interests and welfare of its people, and embracing multiracial principles since its inception.

“As part of the GPS government, we uphold the motto of ‘Sarawak First’ and we stay firmly on the right side of this fight. We are not peninsula-based and our party’s leaders are not in Peninsular Malaysia.

“We fight for fairness for Sarawak, for the recognition of MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) and for Sarawak’s Territorial Sea rights, while upholding racial harmony, political stability and pursuing health and education autonomy in Sarawak,” he said.

Lo emphasised that as the oldest political entity in Sarawak, SUPP has weathered numerous challenges, including political instability, but has remained resilient, emerging as a beacon of hope for a better Sarawak.

“In times of division and controversy, especially from the brand of politics from the peninsula, we, as part of GPS, stand as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that harmony among different races is not just a lofty goal but an achievable reality.

“Let this flag serve as a reminder of our shared purpose and commitment to building a solid and
unified Sarawak government in GPS as a bulwark against unfavourable and unfair treatment towards Sarawak,” he reiterated.

Looking to the future, Lo highlighted the need to continue nurturing and empowering more capable leaders who will drive the party’s continued success, guide it through future challenges that and inspire others to join its cause.

“So let us raise our flag today with pride and determination, knowing that we carry with us the legacy of past generations and the hopes of generations yet to come. Together, let us strive for a future where our SUPP party ideals are not just aspirations but realities for all,” he concluded. — DayakDaily