SIBU: For Barisan Nasional to recapture predominantly Chinese constituencies in the coming general election, the two Chinese-based parties must work together.
UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said his party must unite with SUPP and through their combined force, they could ensure greater Barisan representation in the Federal Government.
In the last election, SUPP lost five of the seven seats it contested, namely Lanang, Sibu, Bandar Kuching, Pending, Sarikei and Miri to DAP.
Wong said it was a known fact that both parties wanted a share of the seven seats.
“If we want to set ourselves the goal of recapturing some if not all of the seats, both parties must work together, assessing each other’s strengths in each of the constituencies to identify the correct and winnable candidates to represent the Chinese community,” he said.
Wong said most would acknowledge that if divided, they would remain weak but if united, they would become stronger.
“We all must work together, facing challenges together as only then can we build a more united Chinese community and a stronger Barisan.
“Going our separate ways or against each other will do nobody any good,” he said.
Wong added he was sure that Chinese leaders and members throughout the state and the Sibu Chinese community in particular, were also looking forward to the two parties working together for greater unity.
“A more united Chinese community would also enable us to work for greater unity with other racial groups in the country.
“It is indeed time for UPP and SUPP to work in unison to contribute towards a more united Sarawak,” he added.
UPP, he said, had responded positively to the repeated calls by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg for the two parties to find common ground and work together.