SUPP Pelawan Branch hits back at PSB

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Pelawan Branch would like to rebut the press statement issued by the secretariat of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) in local Chinese newspaper, accusing Dr. Sim Kui Hian for giving away Chinese’s rights and interests once he became the Minister for Local Government as follows:

Before PSB making accusations against SUPP, PSB should get a mirror for their party president Wong Soon Koh to look at himself. For the past 20 years, Wong Soon Koh was the only state minister in Sibu.

His portfolio included minister for infrastructure development and transportation, minister for environment and public health, minister for local government and community development, minister for international trade and e-commerce and second minister for finance. But most importantly, he is also the minister of Sibu! Despites the fact that he oversaw various ministries in Sarawak Government, why there are so many infrastructure in Sibu remain undeveloped for 20 years? The most obvious one is the Old Oya Road which continues to be plagued with daily traffic jams. Furthermore, Jalan Ding Lik Kong, Jalan Ulu Sg. Merah as well as the Airport Road all are also infamous with traffic jams as well as poor conditions. Nevertheless, Wong Soon Koh being the Minister for Sibu, had not even mentioned about the above issues!

Likewise, Rejang Park residents had been forced to bear with the broken central sewage system and to put up with unpleasant odour for many years. But Wong Soon Koh never took up the issue. Only through SUPP Pelawan’s persistent requests made to Sarawak Government, our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari approved RM3 million to repair the said sewage system.

Lately the most shocking moment for Sibu people has to be the evening when our Chief Minister attended a dinner hosted by local associations and told Sibu crowd the reason Sibu lacked developement in recent years was due to the fact that there was no development masterplan. It clearly shows our Sibu Minister had not been discharging his duties for Sibu!

In 2004, for the first time Sibu SUPP lost the Sibu Rural District Council Chairmanship to the then SPDP while Wong was the minister for infrastructure. Until today, the said position still hasn’t come back to SUPP.

It is also a fact that while SUPP Sibu was under Wong’s leadership, there was more in-fighting than anything else. Although Wong had since left SUPP and formed his own political parties, Wong and PSB continue to crave for more power games than speaking up for Sarawak rights and people issues.

It was very strange for PSB in its press statement to claim that the new SMC Chairman would be a non-Chinese candidate. It seems like PSB knows the identity of the new SMC Chairman as if Wong Soon Koh has a hand in the matter. SUPP Pelawan would like to challenge PSB to announce the name of the new SMC chairman as they claimed in the press statement. By Supp Pelawan secretariat 2nd August 2019.