Thursday, 16 February 2012

ROS D-Day looms for SUPP

Posted on February 16, 2012, Thursday
 THE DOCUMENTS: Wong points to the letters on the nomination of Lee. — Photo by Hii Kheng Joung
THE DOCUMENTS: Wong points to the letters on the nomination of Lee. — Photo by Hii Kheng Joung

KUCHING: SUPP Sibu Division chairman Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh believes Registrar of Societies (ROS) will release its ruling on the status of SUPP triennial delegates’ conference (TDC) held last December very soon.
The Local Government and Community Development Minister yesterday stressed that he maintained his stand that the current office bearers were not legally elected.
However, Wong, who is also Second Finance Minister said he would fully respect whatever ruling the ROS arrived at.
“Until ROS has made its ruling, all the current office bearers are not considered legal. I believe the ruling would be out very soon. ROS has certain procedures to follow.” he told reporters at his office in Petra Jaya here.
On whether his nomination of Suzanne Lee as a political secretary to the chief minister instead of Tnay Li Ping, the current SUPP Wanita chief, was his show of objection to the legitimacy of the new leadership of SUPP, Wong replied: “It could be interpreted that way.”
He asserted that Lee was his nominee even though SUPP central secretariat claimed on Tuesday that they had made the recommendation last year.
He showed reporters his nomination letter to the chief minister dated Jan 16, 2012 as well as the reply from the chief minister dated Jan 19 and the appointment letter signed by the chief minister dated Jan 30.
“I have recommended her (Lee) because she is the SUPP Wanita chief. She is the most suitable candidate. Since central secretariat has made such recommendation, it means that we all believe Lee has the ability and capability for the post.
“All of us in the party shall work closely and cooperate with her. We should give her full support especially in relation to women affairs,” he said.
Lee was sworn in as the political secretary together with PBB Machan branch deputy chairman Maurice Joannes Giri last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a well placed source told The Borneo Post yesterday that investigation by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) into complaints lodged against SUPP concluded the party had committed “many serious irregularities” in the run-up to its triennial delegates’ conference (TDC) last December.
He added that ROS would be issuing a letter to SUPP asking why the party should not be deregistered.
It is reliably learnt that a show cause letter had already been drafted by ROS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and only waiting for the right time to be posted to the party.
The source who requested anonymity said the showcause letter should be reaching the party within the next few days unless “there is outside intervention”.
State ROS director Ken Leben however could not be reached for comment as he was said to be away on official trip to Kuala Lumpur.

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