KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and its breakaway faction — United People’s Party (UPP), now rebranded as Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) — have been advised to reconcile by the former and current chief ministers, revealed Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
Fatimah was referring to current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as well as former chief ministers Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (now Head of State) and the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.
“Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari, as chairman of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Chief Minister, has been steadfast on this matter.
“He wants all communities in Sarawak to participate in forging unity and contribute to the development of Sarawak,” she said at a press conference at Baitul Makmur Building here today.
She said that in the case of SUPP and PSB, it had always been Abang Johari’s sincere intention as expressed in words and actions to see the two factions come to an amicable solution for the good of the Chinese community and Sarawak as a whole.
Fatimah added that the two factions were given time and even requested Chinese community leaders and corporate leaders to help in the reconciliation process.
“We in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women movement stand firmly behind Abang Johari’s decision,” she said.
Earlier, PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh hit back at the chief minister over his remark that the party was composed of disgruntled politicians. Wong, in his statement, said that despite Abang Johari’s criticism for PSB, he (Abang Johari) had played an important role in the party’s formation.