SIBU: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) urged the state Barisan Nasional not to select direct candidates for the next general election.
In the last state election, direct candidates were chosen to stop squabbling of seats between SUPP and its splinter group, UPP, and between SPDP and Teras.
These BN direct candidates were from UPP and Teras as they were not part of the Barisan.
SUPP central committee treasurer Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing said he hoped the BN leadership would stop using the same approach when contesting for seats that traditionally belonged to SUPP.
“I hope BN will clear the air on direct candidate issue, which has been troubling us previously.
“I hope in the upcomg general election, this issue will not resurface as Lanang and Sibu seats belong to SUPP,” he added.
Ding, who is Meradong assemblyman, said SUPP had identified potential candidates to contest for the two seats.
“The Chinese support is coming back to Barisan.
“I am confident that we can win back the seats for BN,” he added.
Dudong SUPP branch chairman Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck echoed Ding’s view.
“These parliamentary seats must be given to SUPP.
“There should not be anymore direct-candidate issue,” Soon said.