Brighter days ahead for SUPP

Dr Sim poses with members of the press in a photocall outside SUPP headquarters after the open house celebration ceremony. On his right is SUPP vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

KUCHING: If attendance can be translated as support on the ground, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) has brighter days ahead of it.

The party’s Chinese New Year open house at Dewan Sa’ati, SUPP headquarters was swarmed by hundreds as early as 10 am on Saturday and while the party’s annual programme has always garnered respectable reception, but this is an outlier.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who was present to grace the ceremony on the day kept his cool and played down the notion that attendance is a sign of the party’s reinvigorated support.

He instead attributed the turnout to simply coincide with the good weather condition on the sunny Saturday.

Abang Johari swarmed by men in red as he arrives at the SUPP headquarters to visit the party’s Chinese New Year open house celebration.

“Well, today, the weather is good, the people are coming out (to visit them). What is important is that we maintain this harmonious relationship among the various races and everybody is now deliberating the future,” he told reporters when met at the function.

SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian when pressed on the party’s preparation for the upcoming state polls simply said that the party is always in election mode.

“We always prepare, we never stop, the first day after the election we have started (our preparations),” he said when met at the function.

Dr Sim poses with members of the press in a photocall outside SUPP headquarters after the open house celebration ceremony. On his right is SUPP vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Dr Sim, also alluding to the weather, said that Sarawak will go from strength to strength in the Chinese New Year.

“Sarawak in the new year and decade will show that we are working towards prosperity so that all Sarawakians can take care of the Sarawak themselves.

“Because of that, we ask that all the Sarawakians to also help us. When we talk about prosperity, it is not only in terms of money, we also want to be prosperous in terms of resources and human capital,” he said.

He added that through the state’s increase in income since 2018, the state can take care of everything and themselves.

“The income will continue to grow and double in the next two or three years, in the five years since 2018, we hope to grow our income from RM5 to RM6 billion annually to RM18 to RM20 billion.

“The sky is helping us, no more raining and it is sunshine now,” he quipped.

SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew described the atmosphere at the party’s Chinese New Year open house celebration as fantastic.

Ting fields questions from reporters at the function.

“We wish everyone a happy new year and in Sarawak, we are very blessed, so many ethnic groups coming together today to celebrate this Chinese New Year celebration.

“As usual, we celebrate all the festivals together, whether it is Gawai, Hari Raya all those activities are done in peace and harmony,” he told reporters when met at the same function.

Dewan Sa’ati swarmed by people of all races and religions on Saturday.
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