SUPP wants return of chairmanship position

SIBU: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is demanding the return of the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman’s post.

All five SUPP branches here want the next SMC chairman to be from the party.

Dudong SUPP chairman Wong Ching Yong explained that under instructions from the party president (Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hien), a joint meeting involving five party branches was held mid-April.

“The meeting was attended by branch chairmen and secretaries.

Chieng Buong Toon

“After deliberation, it was resolved to nominate and fully support Datuk Chieng Buong Toon (SUPP deputy president) to be the next SMC chairman,” he said at a press conference yesterday,

Wong said the party branches saw Chieng as the most suitable person to helm SMC.

“He is hard-working and approachable. He has been a councillor for 14 years.”

Wong said Chieng’s appointment would facilitate the development of Bukit Assek.

The current chairman, Datuk Tiong Thai King is from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) who has held the post since 2004.

Tiong was previously with SUPP before he switched over to PSB.

PSB is a splinter party from SUPP set-up by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and his supporters following a leadership tussle.

SMC’s past chairmen were from SUPP: Ting Lik Hung (1958-1959), Ting Chew Huat (1959-1963), Kong Sung Seng (Jan 1- June 30, 1963 ), Khoo Peng Loong (1963-1972), Lai Han Yu (1972-1978), Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding (1979-1981), Dato Yao Ping Hua (1981-1987), Datuk Ting Ing Mieng (1988-1990), Kong Sien Han (1991-1999), Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chiew (1999-2004).

Wong (seated, fourth left) and with members of the five SUPP branches