MIRI: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) has a track record unequalled by any other. It is not only the oldest political party in Sarawak but its founding fathers were from Chinese, Malay and Dayak descendants.
This made SUPP a genuinely multiracial and multireligious entity, said SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting.
Speaking at the SUPP 58th anniversary dinner here, Ting said that not many people were aware that SUPP was multiracial.
“Our history is truly special not just in Sarawak but also in the country’s as a whole.
“SUPP founding fathers who established the party 58 years ago were not just from the Chinese community.
“That group of SUPP founders also were from the Malay and Dayak communities.
“Our members then were also multiracial.
“All these details were jotted down in the list of attendents of the party inaugural meeting of its office-bearers.
“These unique history must be told to everyone. We should not keep quiet about them.
“It is sad that not many people know about the true facts concerning how SUPP was born.
“Even our young party members may not know all the details of our early history,” he said.
Ting said SUPP continued to be multiracial in the way it currently served the rakyat.
He said at all levels of the party, there was good mix of race and religion among the party members.
SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian was also present at the dinner. He and Miri SUPP leaders cut an anniversary cake.
Dr Sim gave a speech to boost up the morale of the SUPP Miri team who are preparing for the coming Pujut by-election.