KUCHING - The Prime Minister says he has heard enough of SUPP's infighting, while the Sarawak Chief Minister says he will urge conciliation between the party and breakaway group UPP.
"I don't want to hear any more. (On) My next visit to Kuching, I want to hear soothing sounds that all is well in SUPP."
"As your Chief Minister (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem has just said, you have been through hell, and now that you have come back, I want you to be stronger than before," Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the opening ceremony of SUPP's triennial delegates conference yesterday.
Najib said SUPP, which was nearly outlawed this year, was not deregistered because he believed in the "politics of principles".
"That is why, in the darkest moments of SUPP, I have never wanted it to be deregistered. I'm with Adenan on this. SUPP must continue as a political party.
"We don't even deregister Opposition (parties). We let the people decide."
"SUPP is the oldest political party in Sarawak, formed in 1959. You hold in your hands ways to determine the future of the party. The question is: Is SUPP able to perform a massive turnaround ... that question can only be answered by you. Three years of infighting, bickering, I'm sure you are tired."
Earlier, Adenan told the conference that although SUPP members might not agree with him, he had to "try my best to (find) conciliation between SUPP and UPP".
"If on-goings affect Barisan's standing, I must do something. It is my job," Adenan said.
Outgoing SUPP president Tan Sri Peter Chin in his opening address called the past leadership tussle as a "black and bitter" episode.