SIBU: SUPP’s dismal outing at the recent state election may cost the party more than what is already apparent.
It even makes PBB think that SUPP should let go of the chairmanship of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC).
PBB Bukit Assek youth chief Abdul Hajis Abdullah said it was not irrational to say now that SUPP should relinquish either the chairmanship or deputy chairmanship of the council since the party no longer has the support of the people in this municipality.
“On this question, it is not that I want to raise the question of race. But actually the Chinese themselves had signified they did not want their community to lead SMC,” Hajis told reporters here recently.
Presently, SUPP’s Datuk Tiong Thai King and Daniel Ngieng Kiong Ann are the municipal chairman and deputy chairman.
Tiong, who is also Lanang MP, contested in Dudong in the state election and lost to DAP’s Yap Hoi Liong.
“I believe all strata of society here including the Chinese community themselves agree with changing of the posts in the local authority,” he opined.
According to him, if the posts of chairman and deputy chairman are shared by different races, they would be able to formulate policies more acceptable by all races.
Citing the Sibu Rural District Council as an example, he said the chairman was James Laju Ambok from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party(SPDP) and the deputy chairman was Clarence Ting from SUPP.
“The two work together fine,” he noted.
Hajis said the local PBB had long discussed the concept of different races sharing the top posts in the councils.
“It is high time we made it a reality,” he said, adding that they also thought more non-Chinese should be made councillors.
Corroborating his argument, Hajis said Bumiputera had always been steadfastly backing Barisan Nasional.
“In Nangka, the PBB candidate won with a bigger majority this time around. In Bawang Assan, the BN candidate (Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh) would have been defeated had it not been for the solid support of the Bumiputera community,” he recalled.
Last month, Sibu Bumiputera Contractors’ Class F (Perkof) chairman Mahathir Mohd Ali proposed that the deputy chairmanship of SMC be given to a Bumiputera.