SUPP pres­i­dent can serve for 3 terms only — Dr Sim

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KUCH­ING: Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party (SUPP) is lim­it­ing the ten­ure of its pres­i­dent to three terms or nine years.

Party pres­i­dent Sen­a­tor Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties ( RoS) had ap­proved this amend­ment to their party con­sti­tu­tion.

“I will be the pres­i­dent for nine years. Now that one year has passed, I will be hav­ing eight more years to go. I hope I can do some­thing spe­cial for the peo­ple and nur­ture new lead­ers,” he said at the party’s Kuch­ing branch Chi­nese New Year din­ner at Li Hua Ho­tel’s Le Food restau­rant on Mon­day.

Thus, he called on the peo­ple to sup­port his party in or­der for him to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for them, say­ing the com­ing elec­tion is of ut­most im­por­tance to him and SUPP.

In ap­peal­ing for sup­port, Dr Sim said he had made many sac­ri­fices, for in­stance mov­ing home from Aus­tralia just to serve the peo­ple in govern­ment hospi­tals in­clud­ing the Heart Cen­tre in Kota Sa­ma­ra­han.

He said he even chose not to serve in pri­vate hospi­tals here.

“I chose to join pol­i­tics two years ago just for the bet­ter­ment of the peo­ple. I am not like some peo­ple who abuse oth­ers by play­ing pol­i­tics,” he pointed out.

He said: “I am giv­ing my pa­tients chance to live. Now, I can­not even save my­self. But you can save me. Please sup­port us if you do not want peo­ple to look down on us or bully us. Save me, save us, save our party, save the Chi­nese com­mu­nity. Do it for a bet­ter fu­ture and for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Also speak­ing at the din­ner was SUPP po­ten­tial can­di­date for Padun­gan con­stituency Peter Pau. Pau promised that if he wins the state elec­tion, he would pro­pose to the govern­ment to de­fer the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) be­cause the coun­try was not ready for it.

He also said he wanted to help the peo­ple to solve their long­stand­ing prob­lems such as the ones caused by flood. He also said the state should ac­cept the ref­er­en­dum to al­low Sarawakians to de­cide what is good for the state.

Other po­ten­tial can­di­dates present were Mil­ton Foo, Wil­fred Yap, Tan Joo Phoi, Lo Khere Chi­ang and Sih Hua Tong.

SUPP Kuch­ing branch chair­man Datuk Lily Yong also spoke at the func­tion. She urged all the po­ten­tial can­di­dates to work harder and not to take the pop­u­lar­ity of Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem for granted but use it for their lev­er­age.

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