Wednesday, December 7

Yap leaves senatorial position to party leadership

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KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) publicity and information secretary Datuk Alfred Yap will let the party’s leadership decide on who to nominate from the party as a senator.

DATUK ALFRED YAP

When asked if he would take over from secretary-general Datuk Sim Kheng Hui, who’s term as a senator expired in December, Yap answered: “It’s up to the party.”

“It is not for me to say eyeing or not eyeing. It’s up to the party to appoint,” he told the press after Kota Sentosa branch’s fl ag raising ceremony to mark SUPP’s 52nd anniversary yesterday.

On whether he would be interested to fi ll the secretary general’s post, Yap said: “I think leave it to the members to decide.” SUPP’s leadership is expected to undergo major changes during its Triennial Delegates’ Conference (TDC) at the end of this year.

Party president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan has indicated that he would step down, but has yet to name a successor.

He has said that other top leaders have also indicated their wish to step down, but did not reveal their names.

During the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting at the end of last month, Dr Chan said the party had yet to recommend any candidate to fi ll the senator’s post.

“We have not discussed that. I need to talk to the Prime Minister fi rst,” he told reporters after the meeting.

The Dewan Negara consists of 70 members, 26 of which are elected by the states, with two senators for every state in the Federation.

The remaining 44 are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

A senator’s term is three years and senators may only be reappointed once, consecutively or non-consecutively.

As of last April, there are 56 senators from Barisan Nasional, eight representing Pakatan Rakyat and six vacant positions.