Monday June 11, 2012
SUPP cannot afford to lose Lanang and Sibu, says Wong
SIBU: Chairman of Sibu SUPP Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh is confident that his party could successfully defend Lanang seat and at the same time wrest back Sibu parliamentary seat from the DAP.
He told reporters before opening a leadership training course for Sibu SUPP leaders yesterday that feedback from the ground indicated that the people had realised that the DAP was incapable of serving them.
Besides Sibu seat, the DAP also have Dudong, Bukit Assek and Pelawan state seats.
“People now realise that we can serve them better. We are encouraged by their display of support so far,” he said.
Another matter which is considered a plus point is that the proposed candidates, Datuk Tiong Thai King for Lanang and Temenggong Vincent Lau for Sibu, together with members of the branch, had been preparing hard over the past several months.
“We can’t afford to lose again. If we don’t have the two parliamentary seats, we might even lose the deputy chairman’s post in Sibu Municipal Council including other positions in other government bodies,” he said.
He hoped the people here would think hard about who they should vote for in the coming election.
On party president Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui’s meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to finalise the party’s list of candidates, he pointed out that the process of selecting the most winnable candidates was tedious.
“Among a number of things, the PM has to refer to official and unofficial reports, and he might even interview the proposed candidates. I too was interviewed before the state election last year,” he said.
Wong is said to have his own list of candidates while Chin has his.
With regards to this, he said the two proposed candidates here were thus chosen through a consensus.
“They are the most qualified candidates,” he said.
However, they had not been interviewed by the Prime Minister yet.
On the date of the election he said, “I think most probably in July or after the Hari Raya Puasa.”