SUPP: 40% of councillors to go

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/10/26/nation/15822822&sec=nation

Thursday October 26, 2006

SUPP: 40% of councillors to go

KUCHING: Sarawak United Peoples Party will replace some 40% of its city, municipal and district councillors when their term of office expires on Dec 31.

SUPP treasurer-general Datuk David Teng Lung Chi said councillors who would be replaced included those who had served the maximum six years or three terms.

There are more than 500 councillors in over 20 local authorities statewide, he added when asked.

The councillors are mostly drawn from the four Barisan Nasional component parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and SUPP.

The SUPP councillors dominate the Kuching City South Council, Miri City Council, Padawan Municipal Council here and Sibu Municipal Council.

In a related matter, SUPP youth leader Alan Sim said on Monday that the movement was not challenging the state Cabinets decision or the Chief Ministers authority in the recent appointment of senior civil servant Chong Ted Tsiung as the new city south mayor.

Sim, also a political secretary to the Chief Minister, said the movement only wanted an explanation from the party leadership as to why the SUPP had lost the mayorship traditionally given to the party.

The party leadership has given in to the movements demand to convene a special delegates conference early December to discuss the issue.