Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Former executive secretary sees light at end of tunnel for SUPP

KUCHING: A former executive secretary of SUPP, Chung Kok Chiong, has described the proposal by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh’s faction for the party’s 2011 triennial delegates conference (TDC) to be rendered invalid before starting reconciliation talks as a “positive sign”.

“No one can travel back through time, but that should be seen as a positive sign or a progress, compared to their “it is already too late” argument previously. Such dramatic change in their attitude is a reflection of the faction’s intention to solve the party’s internal squabble.

“Personally, no one other than ROS (Registrar of Societies) has the authority to decide whether the 2011 TDC should be deemed invalid. I also think that if there is a will, there is a way. Leaders from both factions will be able to get to a common view if they are genuine in negotiating an effective and feasible
solution,” he said during SUPP Kota Sentosa branch’s International Women Day here on Sunday.

Chung was referring to the proposal announced by Wong’s faction on Wednesday after they earlier held a closed-door meeting with Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.

Adenan, who now helms the state Barisan Nasional, also met the faction led by SUPP president Tan Sri Peter Chin a day earlier.

Chung said as someone who stands on neutral ground, he is proposing to both factions to make a concession so that both can take part in the coming party election in a playing field that is fair and democratic.

By allowing the delegates to vote and decide who the party’s future leaders will be, he believed this will be the best solution to solve the party’s internal squabble once and for all.

“It is my wish to see our party recruit more youthful members who are dynamic, capable and willing to sacrifice for the party’s sake while at the same time, older members with vast experience are included in the new line-up. Such combination of muscle power and brain power will undeniably inject life into our party,” he said.

Chung also believed that Adenan had expressed his intention of seeing leaders of both factions sort out their differences.

He recalled the time when SUPP formed the coalition government along with PBB in 1970, which was made possible because the past leaders had very clear directions and goals and the relationship between all component parties were based on mutual respect and equality.

“Unfortunately, what we are seeing today is completely contrary to what was agreed so many years ago. SUPP has lost that distinctive character of its own along with its courage to fight for people’s interests and became a mere follower.

“I must criticise some of our leaders without fear and favour for they have chosen a path where leaders with appointed positions are above the party. They take their positions more seriously than the interests of the party, so much so that their mindset is no longer with the people. No wonder the party’s political influence is getting weaker each day, because the party has lost its creditability,” he lamented. - theborneopost

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