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KUCHING, Nov 16: United People’s Party (UPP) president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said the party will not quarrel over seat allocation for the upcoming general election but leave the final decision to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Wong who is Bawang Assan assemblyman said however, if BN is to seek the people’s support to win the election, then BN should count UPP in.
“Seeking people support and winning the election, count us in, count UPP in. We will be there to secure people’s support for the good of all in the big family of BN.
“The final decision of seat allocations will come from our Prime Minister and our Chief Minister. Let us not quarrel over this. Let us just work hard and stay engaged with the people who will have the final say as to what you can have or cannot have,” said Wong in a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly today.
He said the party found it strange that Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), especially its president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian kept talking about the four component BN parties working together and about SUPP getting all the seven seats in the coming parliamentary election.
“He seems to have forgotten that UPP is very much alive as part of the Barisan Nasional family. He seems to have forgotten that UPP is a force to be reckoned with.
“SUPP has seven YBs and UPP has five YBs; UPP in fact has greater representation among the Bumiputera community.
“We represent the suburban area of Mambong and the more outlying areas of Opar and Engkilili.”
“In the urban areas, UPP is strong in the Central Region of Sarawak and we command deep-rooted support in Sibu, Bintangor and Sarikei,” said Wong.
Also present at the media conference were other UPP leaders including Transportation Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil who is also Mambong assemblyman, Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong Thai King, Opar Assemblyman Datuk Ranum Mina and Engkilili Assemblyman Dr Johnichal Rayong. — DayakDaily