SUPP is feeling the heat from the report of 100 Ibans coming to SUPP office to demand for unpaid Rm400.00 election promise. Its response is carried in Bernama where they tried to claim that the Ibans only came to claim their wages after a meeting in the SUPP office. Now that there are 2 versions of the stories there should be ground enough to do a thorough investigation into what really transpired. The news report perhaps had done its job to expose what went on and pressure for effort to seek out the truth. Without this the public will forever suspect that the SUPP candidate did not win the election by merits/voter support.
April 26, 2011 17:17 PM
News Portal Report Very Damaging To Us, Say Sibu SUPP Bumiputera Members
SIBU, April 26 (Bernama) — Bumiputera members of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sibu branch, are very upset over a news portal report today which alleged that they had demanded “promised election money”.
The report claimed that yesterday, about 100 longhouse folk from the Bawang Assan state constituency had gathered at the SUPP branch office here to demand for “election money” which they had been allegedly promised.
Chairman of the Bumiputera unit, Andrew Shiling, told reporters here today that about 18 longhouse chiefs and their respective longhouse committee members had come to the office for a discussion.
“We also took the opportunity to pay them wages as they had worked for us during the election.
Andrew who is also a vice-chairman of the branch, said it was nothing new for longhouse chiefs and ordinary folk from Bawang Assan to come to its office daily to seek all kinds of assistance.
“It is very sad and damaging that each time we support the Barisan Nasional candidate in any election, we are accused by the opposition and others of being easily bought over.
“They seem to always want to deny us the freedom to choose and support our preferred candidate,” he lamented.
Andrew said that in the just-concluded state election, they had supported Bawang Assan incumbent Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh because he had always delivered.
“Although the DAP has claimed increased Bumiputera support for its candidates, in Bawang Assan, for example, about 82 per cent of the Ibans and Melanaus supported Wong this time compared with 80 per cent in the 2006 state election,” he said.
When told that state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng planned to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission here tomorrow afternoon over the claim, Andrew said he was free to do so.