Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SUPP using politics of race and fear, says DAP

KUCHING : DAP today rebuked the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) for trying to scare Chinese voters into supporting it by playing on racial sentiments.

Referring to an SUPP argument that the Chinese community would suffer if the party were to lose in the next state election, Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said:

“SUPP has been bluffing the Chinese people for the past 40 years into believing that the Chinese community needs it to represent them in the Barisan Nasional.

“SUPP has been playing on racial issues in order to retain their support. It is no better than Umno.

“But the Chinese community has seen through their lies.”

Chong was responding to SUPP Sibu chairman Wong Soon Koh, who said last night that the Chinese community stood to lose a lot if SUPP were to be voted out in the next state election.

Wong, calling on the Chinese not to sacrifice what he called their “political strength” in the government, said BN would still rule the state “even if the opposition wrests all seats from SUPP” in the coming election.

Chong, who is the MP for Bandar Kuching, said: “SUPP has been with the BN for 40 years, and yet we have (Chief Minister) Abdul Taib Mahmud saying that he did not know what the Chinese wanted.”

Taib, responding to a reporter’s question last month, said: “What do the Chinese want? I am asking the same question.”

It was obvious from Taib’s statement that SUPP had failed to convey to the BN administration what the Chinese wanted, Chong said.


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