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Big crowd at SUPP’s debut ceramah
Borneo Post on April 15, 2013, Monday
SOLIDARITY: Lau (standing) is well received as he walks around to chat with the people.
SIBU: Townsfolk here gave SUPP a rousing support at its first ceramah for the May 5 polls at Rejang Park on Saturday night.
With thousands turning up, many of them youths,observers described the big turnout as a shot in the arm for the party’s leaders, following the setback inflicted on the party when it lost in the Sibu by-election three years ago and in the 2011 state election.
SUPP Sibu branch chairman Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh was greeted with loud cheers when he arrived at the ceramah themed ‘Reject lies – Let’s Transform in Stability’.
Seven speakers took turns to deliver messages of hope and inspiration, and dwell on the transformation plans initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
They were Kapitan Lau Nai Ting, councillor Paul Siaw, Dr Hu Chang Leh, Daniel Ngieng, Temenggong Vincent Lau, Datuk Tiong Thai King and Wong himself.
The night seemed tame when the first few speakers spoke but when Lau, Tiong and Wong took the mike, the crowd burst into jubilant mood to give their fullest support to the two SUPP candidates, Lau for Sibu and Tiong (Lanang), and Wong.
Shouts of ‘Tong Swan’ (Taiwanese election slogan for getting elected) and ‘Jia You’ (Going for it in the highest spirit”) rose from the crowd.
According to an observer, “Rejang Park is among the crucial grounds where SUPP had once fallen; this is where they will rise again.”
Election workers went round to distribute SUPP’s newsletter ‘Saa’ti’ to the people while encouraging them to support the party.
One observer noted that the number of people was bigger than the crowd at a DAP ceramah held on the same spot a fortnight ago.
“SUPP might have moved in later than DAP, but the wave of excitement they bring in is no less. Let’s watch,” said the observer, who did not want to be named and was not a member of any political party.
Other observers noted that this time SUPP had emerged with a new energy that would appeal to the youths.
“No wonder they attracted the young voters,” said another observer, who claimed to be a fence sitter.
He said he was drawn by curiosity after seeing a post on the talk in Facebook.
“I did not regret as the seven speakers delivered their speeches with new energy. It was not boring like what it used to be. Even the announcers were lively and inspiring.”