SIBU: When Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) left Barisan Nasional and joined Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), that decision was made by the party’s central committee without consultation with its members.
Dudong branch chairman Wong Ching Yong said such decisions could only be made at the delegates’ conference, according to Article 17 of the party constitution.
“Dudong branch members have told us that they only knew of the party’s decision to leave Barisan from news report when it should be done in a proper manner, which is at the delegates’ conference,” he said.
Wong said under Article 25 of its constitution, the central committee has no right to determine any public policy and political road map of the party except through the delegates’ conference.
Unhappy with the way party central committee has conducted business on the matter, the Dudong branch will be holding its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at tomorrow.
The main agenda of the EGM is to conduct a secret ballot of its 1,600 members to vote on two resolutions – whether SUPP should stay in Barisan or leave BN; and if SUPP were to quit Barisan, should it join GPS or remain independent.
He pointed out that the Dudong branch has the right to hold the EGM as stated in Article 15(2) of the party’s constitution and that it has enough quorum to do so as required under Article 62 (3) of its constitution.
“The EGM is to give members a chance to voice out their views and to gauge the thoughts of Dudong branch members through the secret ballot where they can vote freely and without fear,” Wong said.
Further to that, he said the party’s central committee always goes to the ground to get the views of grassroots members.
“We think the EGM is one of the best ways to know the mind of party members,” he said.
The EGM, he said, would also be the first time in the history of SUPP where branch members will cast votes to decide the future of the oldest party in the state.
The result of the voting, Wong said, was expected to be made by 2pm tomorrow.
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