Wednesday, 15 February 2012

New post stirs up old dust

by Johnson K Saai, Posted on February 15, 2012, Wednesday
Suzanne Lee
KUCHING: State makes its stance on SUPP leadership tussle with pol-sec appointment of SUPP women chief.
The appointment of Suzanne Lee, who stormed out of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women wing’s annual general meeting in the run-up to the party’s controversial Triennial Delegates’ Conference (TDC), as political secretary to the Chief Minister has re-ignited the debate on the legitimacy of the party’s new leadership.
Lee’s walkout unexpectedly paved the way for Tnay Li Ping to take over the helm of the Women wing but with the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the party’s new office bearers, opinions are still split over their status.
The state government’s stance on this matter was made very clear with Lee’s appointment and the fact that her official bio-data for her new post stated that she is the head of SUPP Women wing.
When asked by reporters on the situation yesterday, Local Government and Community Development Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said that Lee’s appointment was correct as until the Registrar of Societies (ROS) approved the election of the new office bearers, the previous party office bearers should remain unchanged.
He added the party’s triennial delegates’ conference (TDC) from Dec 9 to 11 last year was illegal as the party was being investigated by ROS for alleged irregularities in the branch level elections.
“The particulars were not done by me but what I can say is until ROS has made a ruling (on the status of the new party leadership) the previous office bearers remain unchanged,” he said.
Earlier Wong chaired a closed door meeting between members of Sarawak Bus Transport Companies Association (SBTCA), representatives from Kuching City South Council (MBKS) and Permodalan Assar Sdn Bhd at Masja building in Petrajaya here.
Meanwhile, according to sources, since the SUPP office bearers elected or appointed during the TDC on Dec 9 to 11 had not been sanctioned by ROS the present office bearers were deemed illegal and office bearers including Miri MP Datuk Seri Peter Chin who was elected president to replace Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan.
The Borneo Post was informed that the new office bearers were not only illegal because the TDC was unconstitutional but even the report of the proceeding had yet to be submitted to the authority concerned.
It was learnt that as of yesterday the ROS office here had not received the report and minutes from the party headquarters although under the Societies Act a report on a TDC must reach ROS within 60 days from the date the proceeding was held.

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