By John Isaac
SARAWAK United People’s Party (SUPP) will field candidates who are close to the community, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said the party would choose candidates who were always on the ground to assist the people instead of those simply riding on their popularity by promoting themselves to the media or on social media.
“We don’t want candidates who only tengok saja (observe from afar). As I always said, if you don’t go on the ground, how will the party choose to nominate you (as candidate),” he said as reported in the New Sarawak Tribune.
Dr Sim said, in his case, he was always on the ground at his Batu Kawa constituency on the weekends, not only when election was near.
On SUPP’s decision to contest in all of its traditional seats, Dr Sim said that would remain the case, adding that all incumbent assemblymen would be put forward to stand in the upcoming state election.
Asked on the possibility of fielding former Miri mayor Datuk Lawrence Lai for the Pujut seat in the upcoming state polls, Dr Sim said at this time, it was only a rumour.
“When the election comes, there will be a lot of rumours and people jumping around, from my interpretation, the Serian Democratic Action Party (DAP) branch chief did not get to contest, so he left DAP,” he said, referring to the exit of Edward Andrew Luwak.
“I might interpret wrongly, it is normal for people to be rumoured to contest, leave or form new alignment because someone else offers them a place to stand.
“But for us, there will be one candidate and we will choose the best candidate, the best candidate is the one with the people on the ground,” he said.