Comply, and I mean it: Dr Chan

SUPP members warned against defying gag orders to which only president, sec-gen exceptions

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan yesterday showed that he meant business when he put his foot down hard against some recalcitrant leaders and members of the party for having failed to comply with his gag orders.“SUPP will not tolerate anymore forms of defiance and indiscipline in as far as my gag orders are concerned,” the deputy chief minister said.

He warned that a show-cause letter would be issued to any leader or member of SUPP making any unauthorised statement on the party “from now on”.

More, he declared that he was engaging a translator for the party whom he had tasked with translating all press statements made by party members concerning the party and that these translations would be sent to all CWC members “as soon as possible”.

“A show-cause letter will be sent immediately to any leader or member who fails to comply with this ruling of the party.

“The disciplinary committee should also deal with such cases (of defiance) speedily and recommend to the central working committee (CWC)  appropriate disciplinary action to be taken,” he said, when opening the SUPP central committee meeting at the party’s headquarters here yesterday.

He asserted that leaders and members who spilled the beans on the party were considered acting against party interest and as such must be subjected to disciplinary action.

Dr Chan said party secretary-general Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui would issue a reminder to all branches on the matter as the party could no longer tolerate any open defiance of its decisions, rules and regulations.

He reminded that it had always been the practice and also decision of the party that only the party president and secretary-general were authorised to make any statement publicly, for and on behalf of the party, on any party matter, party policy or party stand on any issue.

“I would like in this meeting to reiterate that the above-mentioned practice be strictly adhered to,” he said.

To affirm this, SUPP passed a resolution at the meeting to enlarge the party’s disciplinary committee from five to nine members.

The additional four are senior members of the party, namely Datuk Ramsay Noel Jitam, Datuk Ting Ing Mieng, Tan Chong Meng and Bong Tze Kong.

The resolution also stated that the chairman of the committee could suspend a member for not more than six months after getting the consent of the majority of the committee members.

Meanwhile, Sim said in his report that even though he had more than once issued letters to all branches and party members, instructing them not to issue any statements regarding the party’s internal problems, in order to preserve the party’s reputation, the same problems (defiance) had continued to emerge.

The deputy chief minister admitted that he felt sorry for having to deny Pung his chance to speak during the conference. Sources said Dr Chan had extended his apology to the veteran party member.

But if Dr Chan did not want to reveal what Pung’s issue was, SUPP secretary-general Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui, in pointing out that an issue that had been solved should not be raised again during the conference, said: “Many branches feel relieved that the CWC has come up with a solution for the Dudong branch controversies. Since a solution is already in place, we should try not to go beyond that.

“Let us talk about other more important issues instead of the same problem, which has already been solved.”

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