SUPP chief wants lobbying for candidates stopped
by Lim How Pim, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 18, 2012, Saturday
KUCHING: SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin has warned party leaders and members against lobbying for their preferred candidates for the 13th general election.
He cautioned that disciplinary action would be taken against those who failed to heed this warning.
Chin, who is also Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water and Miri MP, said yesterday that lobbying activities were now off limits because the party’s central working committee (CWC) had already submitted its full list of nominees to the prime minister.
“The CWC wishes to caution all party members not to be involved in any form of lobbying activities which may create ill-feelings, factions and disunity that will be detrimental to the party’s interests.”
Meanwhile, Chin told reporters that the party would be fielding four new faces in the coming polls. The remaining three are incumbents.
He reiterated that his name was excluded from the list of nominees. But he said he would only reveal the names once Najib had given his consent.
SUPP’s MP are, besides Chin, Datuk Richard Riot (Serian), Datuk Tiong Thai King (Lanang), Ding Kuong Hiing (Sarikei) and Datuk Yong Khoon Seng (Stampin).
But Yong, who is also Deputy Works Minister, has stated on numerous occasions that he would retire as soon as Parliament was dissolved.
SUPP Sibu branch, on the other hand, had already made it known that their pick for Lanang is Tiong and Temenggong Vincent Lau for Sibu.
Therefore, the four new faces would most likely be in Stampin, Miri, Bandar Kuching and Sibu because a couple of months ago, Chin had revealed that their nominees for Bandar Kuching is its Youth chief Tan Kai and that Riot and Ding would be renominated.
Word from the grapevine is that Chin’s political secretary Datuk Sebastian Ting would be fielded in Miri and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang in Stampin.