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SUPP Elections: Teng denies he’s Chin’s running mate, sort of …

WELL Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) treasurer-general Datuk David Teng has publicly stated that he has yet to agree to be SUPP organising secretary Datuk Seri Peter Chin’s running mate.

Around two weeks ago, Datuk Seri Chin announced that he would contest the SUPP president’s post.

Although Datuk Seri Chin did not announce the members of his team, Datuk Teng had been widely rumoured to be on the list for the deputy president’s post.

Today Datuk Teng told the media that he is not eyeing any top post.

“I don’t think he (Chin) has a running mate,” he is reported as saying.

However, he hinted at the possibility that he could work with Datuk Seri Chin to lead the party.

“We only believe in the same ideology and if we also share the same way of revamping the party, then we are in as a team,” he said.

He also said he would leave his position in the party up to the delegates.

Datuk Teng added that being in a team that shares common ground would be vital to win back public confidence, especially the votes of urban Chinese.

The TDC will be held from Dec 8-11.

Challenging Datuk Seri Chin for the top post is SUPP deputy secretary-general Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, while central working committee (CWC) member and Senadin branch chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shin is his running mate for the deputy president’s post.

We all know that party elections can be acrimonious affairs.

As the party lost a record 13 out of the 19 seats contested in the last State election, SUPP members should remember to stay focussed on the bigger picture.

The report from Bernama:

SUPP Treasurer Denies Being Running Mate In Chin’s Bid For Presidency

KUCHING, Oct 26 (Bernama) — Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) treasurer Datuk David Teng Wednesday denied that he is the running mate for organising secretary Datuk Seri Peter Chin in the race for the party’s top posts at the triennial delegates conference (TDC) from Dec 8-11.

Contrary to speculation that the former Repok assemblyman was expected to settle for the deputy president or secretary-general post with Chin eyeing the presidency, he said, he was not keen to go for any top post but left it to the delegates to decide.

“I don’t think he (Chin) has a running mate. We only believe in the same ideology and if we also share the same way of revamping the party, then we are in as a team,” he said when met at the Deepavali open house of SUPP Batu Lintang Indian Affairs Bureau chairman Lucy Lingam, here.

The duo are expected to take on deputy secretary-general Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, who is state Local Government and Community Development Minister and his running mate, Senadin branch chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the Assistant Minister of Social Development (Sports) and of Communications, for the top posts.

However, Teng, said it was not about personality but rather about being in a team for sharing the same common ground to try to win back public confidence, especially the votes of urban Chinese after failing to do so in the April state election.

On Oct 16, Chin who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and Miri Member of Parliament, confirmed his intention to contest the president post a week after Wong made a similar announcement in Sibu.

A total of 600 delegates will attend the SUPP TDC.

— BERNAMA

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