Proposed: No-confidence vote against SUPP president on Dec 10

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  • Friday, 01 Dec 2006

KUCHING: A no-confidence vote will be moved against Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam at the party's special delegates conference here on Dec 10. 

Three branches - Meradong, Sibu and Bengoh - led by senior party leaders will table the motion for a vote of no confidence against Dr Chan, also Deputy Chief Minister. 

Meradong is headed by party's deputy chairman Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding, Sibu by deputy secretary-general Datuk Wong Soon Koh (also state Urban Deveopment and Tourism Minister) and Bengoh by assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil. 

Law, also a former Science, Technology and Environment Minister, has recently tabled a no confidence vote against Dr Chan at a party's central working committee meeting but it was rejected by Dr Chan. 

Law, Wong and Dr Jerip and a group of party leaders and members held a special meeting at Merdeka Palace here on Friday. 

Also present were two party's vice-president Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew (also Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government) and Datuk Tiong Thai King, MP for Lanang. 

In a press statement issued after the meeting, they said that with a heavy heart, they had made the painful decision to move a non-confidence motion against Dr Chan. 

``As many members expressed their concerns about the lack of a strong leadership and the loss of control over the running of the party in view of the recent chain of events, we cannot do anything else but elect to take this action of moving a no-confidence motion after trying and seeking every conceivable and possible option to save the party.'' 

They said the 47-year-old party had never faced as severe challenges as reflected by the recent events, like the heavy losses it suffered in the May 20 state election. 

They appealed to all party members and members of the society to ``join and support us in our cause.''

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