KUCHING, Dec 10 (Bernama) — When the dust settles, be magnanimous, adopt a more conciliatory stance and be inclusive in your actions.
This sums up Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s advice to the candidates of Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) first direct party election.
Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the candidates should close ranks to regain the people’s confidence as changes in leadership in any party were inevitable, from time to time.
“The winner should not take it all, the loser should not lose it all because the enemy is the opposition, and not your fellow SUPP members,” he said when opening the SUPP’s 22nd triennial delegates’ conference (TDC) here Saturday.
Party organising secretary Datuk Seri Peter Chin was earlier pitted against deputy secretary-general Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh for the presidential post. Nominations closed at noon.
Wong was absent at the TDC after he and his supporters carried out a threat to boycott it, citing “irregularities and manipulations” at the branch elections.
Meanwhile, Najib described outgoing president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who has helmed the party for the past 15 years, as his friend.
The prime minister, in thanking the 75-year-old grandfather of 11, described him as having an “easy charm about his way and personality”.
Dr Chan, who is a former deputy chief minister before he was defeated in the April state election this year, had done well, he said, adding that his analogy of likening golf-playing to gentleman politics was intriguing.
Source : Bernama