Top SUPP posts to go uncontested in polls

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  • Sunday, 28 Aug 2005

KUCHING: Following a recent decision by its central working committee, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is not likely to see any fight for its key posts in the December party elections. 

The CWC decided on Friday to retain the present leadership to ensure stability as the party gears up for the next Sarawak elections. 

Unless the current batch of leaders chose not to seek re-election at the party’s triennial general assembly on Dec 10 and 11, there is not likely to be any new faces in the line-up. 

Party secretary-general Datuk Sim Kheng Hui said, however, the election process would proceed as usual. 

He said the CWC decision would be made known to the delegates. 

SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said there would be no changes in the CWC unless there were people who want to retire or step down for health reasons. 

Dr Chan, also Deputy Chief Minister, said he had directed all party branches to activate their election machinery to face the state polls, due next October.  

The last state election was held in September 2001. 

On the distribution of nine new state seats among Barisan Nasional component parties, he said the party had “some idea” on which constituencies it would seek. 

However, he added, the party would leave the decision to state coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. 

A total of 71 seats would be up for grabs in the next polls. 

The Barisan now holds 61 of the 62 seats in the state assembly, with the other held by the DAP. 

Besides the SUPP, the parties in the Barisan fold are Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and Parti Rakyat Sarawak.  

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