Tuesday, June 25

Count me out


Mayor Chan says he has no desire of joining SUPP or contest in next state election

Mayor James Chan

KUCHING: Kuching City South Mayor James Chan said he is unlikely to join SUPP, even if the party nominates him to contest in the coming state election.

“I don’t think I am going to do that. If I do that it will be very unfair to the SUPP members who have been there for so long. After all, the party has many capable and qualified members to choose from as candidates,” he said.

Chan told reporters this at a press conference after chairing the MBKS full council meeting.

In any case, he revealed, so far no political party had approached him. Even if the offers come pouring in he would most likely decline them.

“As of now, I have no intention to join politics. I love my job as the mayor of Kuching City South, serving the people and serve them to the level best I can. That’s all that I want to do,” he said.

Prior to Chan’s statement yesterday, there were speculations that he would contest in one of SUPP areas as he had good rapport with the people, especially those under MBKS jurisdiction.

SUPP has five seats in the city, namely Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa and Batu Kawa.

In the 2006 election, the party lost Pending, Batu Lintang and Kota Sentosa to the DAP and Padungan to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).