SIBU – The United People’s Party (UPP) today called on all Barisan Nasional and BN-friendly political parties in the state to stop quarrelling among themselves.
Its president, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, said the parties should focus on winning the next state election, due next year.
“All of us six parties, in other words four (state BN component parties) plus Teras (Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak) and UPP, must work together,” he said, adding that this was to avoid three-cornered contests in the election.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), UPP and Teras must ensure victory for the BN in whichever constituency they contested.
Wong, who is Minister of Finance II and Minister of Local Government and Community Development, said this was in line with the aim of Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Adenan Satem to bring victory for the state BN.
Wong spoke to reporters after presenting the letter of appointment for Sibu Division Iban paramount leader to Temenggong Stanley Gramong at the district office here.
The ceremony was witnessed by acting Sibu Resident Sapiah Daud, District Officer Wong Hee Sieng, several penghulus and ‘tuai rumah’ (longhouse chiefs).
Wong was asked to comment on Adenan’s speech at a meet-the-people session in Kapit on Saturday where he urged the people to reject peninsula-based opposition parties DAP, PKR and PAS.
â€œElect our own people in PBB, PRS, SPDP, SUPP, UPP and Teras. Don’t choose other people,” he said, adding that only Sarawakians themselves knew about Sarawak.
This, he said, was to ensure that the people in the state continued living peacefully and harmoniously with respect for one another.
Wong, who is the state assemblyman for Bawang Assan, said he hoped that Stanley, 56, from Engkalat, Aup, would be able to work with village chiefs, ‘pemanca’ (community leaders) and penghulus in uniting the Iban community in order to bring stability and prosperity.
Stanley, who was a pemanca for four years before taking over the Temenggong post from Temenggong Sir Adrian Ringgau, said he was overwhelmed by the appointment and would do his best to serve the people. – Bernama