First ever SUPP vote on team – Chin

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Datuk Seri Peter Chin

KUCHING: SUPP presidential hopeful Datuk Seri Peter Chin is sure the next president will be voted by the delegates during the triennial delegates conference (TDC) on Dec 11.

This will be a break from the party’s tradition of the delegates agreeing to the choice of president and the top officials before the TDC.

“It seems that we are all for election. It will be the first time ever for SUPP to vote for a team and not somebody predetermined,” he said during a gathering attended by about 300 members from all the branches in the southern region last night.

The SUPP organising secretary, however, said this did not mean he would not initiate a talk with contender Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

Last month, Wong, who is Minister of Local Government and Community Development, urged Chin to approach his camp for a d iscus sion t o avoid presidential election. However, as of yesterday no meeting was arranged.

Chin, who is Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, hoped that delegates would share his vision and support the party’s transformation plan.

Early this month, a sevenpoint transformation plan was announced, stressing that, among others, the party’s interest was paramount, SUPP must speak without fear or favour, groom new leaders and eradicate unhealthy practices within the party.

Chin described the gathering as an opportunity to meet delegates of the southern region as well as to explain why he had decided to run for the presidential election.

“I feel that at this juncture, I cannot wash my hands off especially when the party wants me. My political career has been dependent on SUPP and now that the party needs me, how can I say no.

“I have to pay by giving our delegates a choice on Dec 11. I’m not saying I would surely win but is offering a choice for them,” said the Miri MP.

Chin added the reception to his visit to the central region yesterday afternoon was ‘okay’. He also called on all party branches to contribute ideas to rejuvenate the party as he reasoned that “I alone will not be able to achieve much” but concerted efforts from party members should work out best.

“We must change and enhance the image of SUPP – make clear our stand and not be taken advantage of as a coalition party within Barisan Nasional. We have to adhere to our principles and stand by them. This is the key towards recovering voters’ confidence so as to regain lost grounds in elections,” he said.

If elected as president on Dec 11, Chin said he would ensure the transformation plan was carried through to revive the party.

“I will do my very best for the party should I be elected on Dec 11, and I hope delegates will vote for me to serve one term,” he added.

Meanwhile, SUPP treasurer Datuk David Teng asserted that delegates ought to decide which candidate had a better transformation plan.

Teng pointed out that any party member could run for president the moment president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sr Dr George Chan announced to step down.