KUCHING, May 8– Members of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), one of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, should forego their internal differences for now to focus on the coming general election.
Its former deputy secretary-general, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh today said he agreed with the state BN chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s call yesterday for all the feuding factions in the party to bury their hatchets for the sake of the coalition’s unity and strength.
“Whatever differences there are within the party, let us all focus on the parliamentary elections. We leave it aside first. If we want to quarrel, quarrel after the parliamentary elections,” he told reporters after presenting special assistance to 110 disabled people in a ceremony at the Che Hui Khor Moral Uplifting Society premises here.
When officiating at a gathering in Mukah yesterday, Taib, who is also the State Chief Minister, urged the BN component party leaders not to be narrow-minded but to look at the bigger picture to ensure the coalition’s victory in the election.
Wong, who is the state’s Second Finance Minister and Local Government and Community Development Minister, had been at loggerhead with SUPP president, Datuk Seri Peter Chin, since the party’s Trennial Delegates Conference last year. Together with six other elected representatives from the party, Wong had boycotted the TDC after claiming that there were irregularities and manipulations during the run-up for the party elections held at the conference.