September 12, 2010, Sunday
SUPP president happy that PM and CM are all ears to party’s needs
KUCHING: SUPP president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan is confident that many issues related to the Chinese community will be solved following his recent meetings with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
The Deputy Chief Minister said both Najib and Taib were very supportive on the things that SUPP had planned to do, particularly on issues related to education and land.
Therefore, there was no such thing that the party had questioned the leadership of Barisan Nasional, he stressed.
Dr Chan pointed out that the outcome of the meetings was ‘positive and very encouraging’ and that he believed it would help SUPP to perform better in the coming state election as compared to the last one in 2006.
“I have met PM and CM and discussed with them certain things that we (SUPP) have to do before the state election. They were very supportive and helpful. For example, PM said he will help out on the Chinese schools (issue); while for the rebate (overpaid land lease renewal fees) our CM said SUPP must round up the people who deserve to be rebated and send their names to him.
“All these are very positive.
“So, with the strong support from both CM and PM of course we hope that the (next) state election would be easier for SUPP to fight,” he told reporters when met at the State Hari Raya Open House at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.
However, on when the landowners would get their rebate, Dr Chan declined to elaborate much, saying that SUPP would decide on deserving cases and recommend them to Taib as soon as possible.
Dr Chan, who is also the Tourism and Heritage Minister, also pointed out that SUPP must work hard and work together to win the next state election.
“Of course, a lot of issues would continue to crop up but we will solve them as we go along,” he said.
When asked about his intention to contest in the coming state election, Dr Chan gave a typical answer: “I will only stay when I’m needed but if I’m not needed, you know…..”
He added that his political future would be in the hands of his party and the people.
He also revealed that about 30 per cent of the party’s candidates in the coming state election would be new and young faces.
“I feel that SUPP, percentage wise, will field more new faces than other component parties, at least 30 per cent.
“However, the most important thing is to win (a seat), new faces or old faces, whoever can win,” he said.