SUPP chides Tiong over candidate announcement

Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew

SIBU: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing was taken to task for announcing his party’s candidate in Bawang Assan for the 12th State election.

Chairman SUPP Bawang Assan Branch, Senator Robert Lau said Tiong’s announcement yesterday was not in the spirit of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

He said it was not for the component parties of GPS to make public claim on seats, especially on seats that have been traditionally contested by other component parties.

“In this case SUPP has always been the party that represents this constituency.

“Tiong may have been responding to a challenge by the ADUN of Bawang Assan, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh who is also the president of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), to contest in Bawang Assan in the coming State election,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

Lau noted that the spat and bad blood between the two veteran Chinese politicians and president of their respective party had overshadowed the need for real leadership for the people of Bawang Assan.

He added election should not be used as a contest of might or used to settle personal disputes.

Rather it should be used as a force of good to choose the right leader that would benefit the people.

“The leadership and members of SUPP Bawang Assan Branch have been active on the ground consistently and not only appear when election is near.

“We have been serving the people whether it’s election time or not. For example during the MCO period our team visited and delivered food aid provided by the Sarawak State government to every household and longhouses in Bawang Assan,” said Lau.