Kho Teck Wan

KUCHING: Bad-mouthing the person who had helped his party so much all these years reveals the true character of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, says Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan.

She was commenting on Wong’s recent statement in which he hit back at Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg over his remark that the party was composed of disgruntled politicians.  

She noted that Wong had left SUPP without resignation to join Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak in 2014, hence sacked by SUPP.

“Less than three months later, Wong formed United People’s Party (UPP) and pledged loyalty to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (then Prime Minister). After the 14th General Election, UPP changed its name to PSB in 2019 and pledged loyalty to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (then Prime Minister).”

She said now, Wong was attacking Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), at the same time pointing out that Wong was a member of the leadership and cabinet of the same coalition for many years. This included the years prior to GPS’ formation when Barisan Nasional was still ruling in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, she said that this year marked 50 years of partnership between SUPP and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

“After the first Sarawak state election in 1970, SUPP together with Sarawak Alliance (Parti Bumiputera and Sarawak Chinese Association) formed the first Sarawak coalition government.” 

She said that, like any partnership, there would certainly be ups and downs, but after 50 years, the partnership remained strong and SUPP remained a loyal partner of the coalition.

“As SUPP Women chief, I believe in unity and working together with our political partners in GPS, moving forwards so that we can realise the dreams of a strong, united, and prosperous Sarawak. We believe the best of Sarawak starts after 2023.”

Abang Johari at the PBB northern region mini convention in Miri last Saturday had described PSB as a party for the ‘problem’ bunch, mentioning a number of disputes between PSB members and GPS component party presidents before the former defected to PSB.

Wong then retaliated and said that despite Abang Johari’s criticism for PSB, he had played an important role in the party’s formation.