MIRI: The Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) will become the next victim of a political tsunami unless it takes drastic steps to re-invent itself to remain relevant to the current generation of voters, warned a senior party and state leader.
Deputy secretary Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, who is also Sibu SUPP division chairman, said the party was in danger of being flattened by the Opposition in the next state elections in three years time unless it was overhauled.
He said what happened to Barisan Nasional component parties like Gerakan, MCA and MIC in Peninsular Malaysia in the just concluded general election could also afflict the SUPP.
We (SUPP leaders and members) must reinvent the party to rejuvenate it. We need to bring in new blood and resolve the peoples problems on the ground.
We must work very hard from now on. We must resolve our internal problems or we will end up in the same way, he said yesterday.
SUPP, the second biggest Barisan component party in Sarawak after the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, won six of the seven parliamentary seats it contested, but with margins that were much lower than in any other parliamentary polls.
It lost to the DAP in Bandar Kuching by more than 10,000 votes.
It won in Stampin, Serian, Sibu, Lanang and Miri by only a few thousand votes each. The party won in Sarikei by a mere 130-vote margin.
SUPP lost nine of the 17 state seats it contested in the May 2006 state elections.
Wong, who is also state Tourism Minister, said Opposition parties had become much stronger of late, as was shown by the recent events in the peninsula.