Michael Tiang

KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and his group have been reminded that they were made assemblymen and MPs under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“I wish to remind Wong that it is a fact that he had left SUPP by first joining Teras together with a group of disgruntled SUPP members in 2014. Not long after joining Teras, he left and form a new political party called United People’s Party (UPP), now rebranded to PSB,” said Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth chief Michael Tiang.

“After forming the new party, he immediately claimed that UPP was Barisan Nasional (BN) friendly. The late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem then continued to include him in his cabinet, even after 2016 state election.

“This is a friendly gesture by the then BN Sarawak to include him in the state government for the common good of our state, albeit UPP was never a BN Sarawak component party.”

Tiang said during the 2016 state election, Adenan even gave him and his party UPP chances to contest under the BN banner as direct candidates.

“SUPP was even willing to campaign together with all these UPP direct candidates and continued to serve together with UPP assemblymen on the same side for the interests of Sarawak as well as Sarawak government’s visions for our state.”

He said in the 2018 14th General Election, SUPP also agreed to allow Wong’s son, the late Andrew Wong, to contest in the Sibu parliamentary seat under SUPP’s ticket. Furthermore, SUPP also campaigned for Andrew, a UPP candidate, for the common interests of BN Sarawak.

“Again, these are friendly gestures from Abang Johari and other component parties which intended to give chances to UPP to be in the GPS government, although UPP was also never a component member party in the newly formed GPS.

“Nevertheless, before the tenure for the present state cabinet ended, Wong himself declared his resignation from the cabinet and once again chose to lead his disgruntled members to form another new political party, that is PSB.”

Tiang said instead of being grateful, PSB went around to pull disgruntled party members from Parti Rakyat Sarawak and now Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu with a clear intention to challenge GPS.

“Moreover, Wong also took the chance to criticise the GPS government on various issues, particularly on state finance, which he himself was the second finance minister in the GPS cabinet and yet never mentioned those criticisms during his tenure in the cabinet.

“Therefore, Wong is not only a disgruntled politician, he is also being utterly ungrateful to GPS.”