SIBU: Cracks between the warring factions of SUPP chief Tan Sri Peter Chin and SUPP Sibu head Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh widened further yesterday when party members in Kanowit pledged to “sink and swim” with the latter.
In a press statement, the Kanowit group led by Lee Foh Nun and Wong Kheh Fat said they backed Bengoh assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil’s statement that the six assemblymen in Wong’s faction would stick together should Chin’s faction act against any one of them.
Last week, the 3,000-odd members of SUPP Sibu Branch Bumiputra Unit led by Andrew Shilling also supported Dr Jerip’s call, telling Chin’s faction, “You touch one, you touch all of us. We shall sink and swim with Wong’s faction”.
Based on the attendance of SUPP Kanowit members aligned to Wong’s faction in their annual general meeting last year, there are hundreds of active members in the Upper Rajang town.
In their press statement, the Kanowit group added: “We met on Friday, and we have decided to remain in solidarity with Wong.”
It added Chin’s faction had no right to act against any of the six assemblymen because the Registrar of Societies (ROS) was still investigating claims of irregularities in the run-up to the party’s triennial delegates conference (TDC) in 2011.
The statement hinted Wong had strong support based on feedback from other branches in the state.
The six assemblymen in Wong’s faction are Wong himself (Bawang Assan), Dr Jerip Susil (Bengoh), Datuk Lee Khim Shin (Senadin), Datuk Francis Harden (Simanggang), Renum Mina (Opar) and Dr Johnical Rayong (Engkilili). There is no assemblyman in Chin’s faction.
The statement also echoed the statement of Andrew Shilling’s Bumiputra Unit’s stand: “You touch one, you touch all. We stand united.”
The Kanowit group also expressed their dissatisfaction with how Chin’s faction had handled party matters thus far. It now wanted the ROS to decide on the claims of election irregularities in SUPP.
It said ROS had sent show-cause letters to two branches, and it (ROS) should explain the election irregularities.
“The outcome of the probe on the other 12 branches has not been made known. We call on the ROS to ensure justice and fairness is served in all these investigations.” - theborneopost