MIRI: The Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) saw a flurry of activities over the past few days, with five new branches being speedily formed and approved in northern and central Sarawak.
Of the new branches, four Pujut, Senadin, Bekenu and Lambir were formed in Miri Division, the stronghold of SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam.
The fifth Dudong was formed in Sibu Division, the stronghold of Dr Chans potential rival for party president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, who is SUPP deputy secretary-general and Second Finance Minister and State Tourism Minister.
The formation of the four branches in Miri Division went smoothly but the Dudong branch had stirred up another potential public confrontation between two camps.
Wong and deputy president Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding had over the past year ganged up and challenged Dr Chan openly after SUPP lost nine of the 16 state constituencies during the 2006 state elections.
The feud was resolved late last year when Dr Chan agreed to relinquish the presidents post during the partys general assembly next year.
The formation of the Dudong branch had angered SUPPs members and leaders aligned to Wong because it was assistant state minister Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck, a key supporter of Dr Chan, who formed the branch.
Wong told reporters on Sunday that he and members of Sibu SUPP were not consulted over the formation of Dudong.
Dr Chan, when met here after chairing an extraordinary general meeting of the Miri SUPP, did not want to comment on what had happened in Dudong.
The party is convening a central working committee meeting in Kuching on Sunday and Wongs camp is expected to raise the matter for urgent debate.
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