KUCHING: Give Tan Sri Adenan Satem a chance, UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh tells the Chinese.
Wong said Adenan had exceeded expectations and proven his sincerity to be a chief minister for all, including the Chinese community, which had for over a decade shunned Barisan Nasional at the polls.
“He deserves Chinese support. I like the Chinese community to really think twice about how to move forward, whether or not we should change our political attitude, our approach to avoid further political polarisation,” Wong told reporters here yesterday, when asked about the Chinese sentiment.
Wong pointed out there were only two Chinese Barisan elected representatives among 58 of the ruling coalition’s members in the state Government.
In the last Sarawak election in 2011, DAP and PKR won almost all urban seats, where the Chinese make up the majority of voters.
All of DAP’s 12 winning candidates were Chinese while out of PKR’s three elected representatives two are bumiputra and one Chinese.
Wong, the second Finance Minister, is a former long-serving SUPP member who left the party to form UPP last year.
In last month’s State Legislative Assembly sitting, Wong made a plea to the Chinese to reunite under Adenan’s leadership, saying it was “unhealthy” for the community to be outside of the ruling Government.
Yesterday, Wong added Adenan was ever willing to address Chinese grievances and issues.
“It is time to relook the situation, reassess ourselves and see whether or not we should change our attitude of being confrontational, being antagonistic and being non-cooperative with the state Government,” Wong said.
Nonetheless, the minister conceded it would be “difficult” to reunite Chinese support under Barisan since “the community as a whole has been fragmented and disorganised politically for so many years”.
Adenan recently revealed his campaign slogan – Give me a chance – for the next state election, which must be held before mid next year.
It is Adenan’s first time leading Barisan in a state election.
He took over from Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud as the fifth Chief Minister last year.
Wong’s UPP is presently a “Barisan friendly” party, while his former party SUPP is still officially within the Barisan coalition. Since the split last year, both UPP and SUPP have remained at loggerheads.
When Wong was asked what might he do as UPP president if the party was not recognised eventually as a Barisan coalition member, he replied: “We leave it to the wisdom of Barisan leaders. We’ll cross the bridge when we come to it.”
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