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by sharon ling
KUCHING: SUPP is still waiting for a decision from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over the party’s reply to a show-cause letter over alleged irregularities in the Bekenu and Piasau branches during the party elections in December 2011.
Party president Tan Sri Peter Chin said it was not true that the ROS had verbally informed the party to hold a fresh triennial delegates conference (TDC).
“There is no such communication. (The reply) from ROS is still pending.
“Although we are keeping in touch with them as to what is happening, they say they have not made a decision,” he told reporters after chairing a central working committee at the party headquarters here yesterday.
Chin reiterated that SUPP had submitted replies to the show-cause letter issued in June this year to the two branches.
“I don’t doubt that ROS will do their duty. It’s just that we have to wait for that decision and letter,” he said, adding that the party was anxious for the reply.
The show-cause letter was issued after ROS received complaints from party members alleging irregularities in the party polls.
In the 2011 TDC, Sibu SUPP chairman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh was supposed to face Chin for the presidency following the retirement of former president Tan Sri Dr George Chan.
However, Wong and his supporters decided to boycott the TDC at the eleventh hour, claiming malpractices. This resulted in two factions in the party, one aligned to Chin and the other to Wong.
On another matter, Chin said SUPP would hold a memorial service on Oct 19 for the late Datuk Chan Siaw Hee. The last of its founding leaders, Chan passed away in August at the age of 91.
“We will work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community leaders in Kuching to organise the service, as he had been very well known in the city,” Chin said.
He also said the party planned to hold a political seminar in conjunction with its central committee meeting in Miri on Dec 7-8.
Other activities planned by the party include revamping its website and carrying out a month-long recruitment drive to attract the younger generation.
On a separate subject, Chin said the Government’s decision not to allow Chin Peng’s ashes to be buried in Malaysia was based on the fact that the communists had caused a lot of suffering.
Furthermore, he said Chin Peng did not apply for citizenship when given the opportunity to do so following the signing of a peace treaty in 1989.
“So the decision was made not to allow his ashes to be reburied in this country rather than the country he had adopted, which was Thailand.
“I don’t think we need to go into the semantics of whether we should be in favour of the decision or otherwise. Let the decision by the Government stand, after all the logic is there.
“We can live with the decision on the basis of how it was made,” he said.
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