‘SUPP Tanjung Datu chief misinformed’

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LUNDU: SUPP Central Working Committee (CWC) member Ranum Mina yesterday denied that he was trying to woo the party’s Tanjung Datu branch members to support deputy secretary-general Dato Sri

 

RANUM MINA

Wong Soon Koh’s presidential bid.

Ranum, who is also SUPP Opar branch chairman and Opar assemblyman, said it was “too much” for anyone to accuse him of meddling in the affairs of
others.

“I never talked to them (Tanjung Datu branch members) to support Wong Soon Koh. You (reporters) can ask them,” he said during a dialogue session with some 50 committee and ordinary members of Tanjung Datu at his house here.

Those present unanimously replied ‘No’ when the question was directed at them.

A Chinese daily yesterday reported that Tanjung Datu branch chairman Pung Teng Hong had decried Ranum for trying to influence his committee and members to support Wong.

Wong is in a tussle with organising secretary Datuk Seri Peter Chin for the party’s top post. Party president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan is set to step down during the triennial delegates’ conference (TDC), which is scheduled to be held from Dec 9 – 11, following his defeat in his stronghold of Piasau during the April 16 state election.

According to the news report, Pung is aligned to Chin while Wong recently made it known that Ranum was on his side.

Ranum asserted that he “is the YB taking care of SUPP members in Bau, Lundu and Opar and now that Tanjung Datu branch faces issues its members need me, I will help them. It is never my intention to control SUPP.”

He added that he would readily admit it if he had done anything wrong.

“I am very open. If I say anything wrong, you can condemn. But, I never tell them who to support as far as the party’s presidency election goes.

“In fact, we never mentioned anything about the SUPP party election. The meeting we’ve had was all about issues pertaining to Tanjung Datu branch,” he said.

Ranum said in any case it was a fool’s errand to lure members into one camp because no leader could force their members to support a potential successor.