Monday, September 27

Chan, Wee deny link to formation of new party

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KUCHING: Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Datuk James Chan, and Kuching City North Commission (DBKU) member Datuk Wee Hong Seng have vehemently denied any involvement in the formation of a new political party.

Both said the report of their link to a new party being formed to replace SUPP was mere speculation when met at the Civil Service Day exhibition here.

Chan pointed out that “formation of party’ was not in his dictionary, and not “…in my scope of responsibility”.

Wee on the other hand pointed out that he had been looking around the city in carrying out his duty as a member of DBKU but there was no political agenda in my actions.

Both of them were responding to allegations that they were linked with the formation of a new political party, to replace Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) in the event that it was deregistered.

The report also stated that the state’s oldest party is likely to receive a show-cause letter from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) within this month, requiring it to explain alleged branch election irregularities which occurred before the party’s Triennial Delegates Conference (TDC) in Dec 2011.

Chan went on to say that he was puzzled why his name was mentioned in the report.

“I don’t even know until I read the paper this morning  and someone inform me….I am quite honoured to have my name there (in the report), but it’s not true.” said Chan.

“As mayor I just do my job… what is more important is to serve the people,” he stressed.

Wee also reiterated that the report was just a speculation and refused to comment further on it.

“Let the speculation cool down and I think whatever it is, let it stop here,” he said.

The report yesterday, among other things quoted a concerned political observer disclosing that the new party had already been approved by ROS and that it was just a matter of time before it was announced.