Posted By rajlira On 14th March 2008 @ 00:00 In Local
KUCHING: Datuk Song Swee Guan, the former Bandar Kuching member of parliament, Padungan assemblyman and mayor of Kuching City South yesterday denied that he has plans to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
“I am not considering joining any party, let alone PKR,” Song told The Borneo Post in response to a report in the Eastern Times on Wed-nesday under the heading ‘Song Swee Guan joining Keadilan?’
The former Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) strongman said he was not contacted by the newspaper to comment on the rumour that he was joining the peninsula-based opposition party. “If there were any speculations, there should be a speck of truth in them. I expect ethical journalism in this sort of things. I categorically deny joining PKR,” said Song, visibly upset.
State PKR liaison chief Dominique Ng when contacted said he did not receive any call from Song but added that the party would seriously consider Song’s application if he applied.
The newspaper also quoted SUPP secretary-general Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui as saying that Song was no longer a SUPP member and that they had “no say over him anymore.”
Song had his membership in SUPP withdrawn after he was declared a bankrupt in accordance with the party’s constitution.
He was the last SUPP MP to repre-sent Bandar Kuching. Song won the parliamentary seat in 1995 when he defeated Sarawak Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Sim Kwang Yang.
Song polled 27,514 votes to beat Sim by a majority of 3,184 votes stopping the latter from winning the seat for the fourth consecutive term. In the 1999 election, he increased his majority to 8,389 votes in a three-cornered fight against DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Ng, who at that time contested as an independent candidate.
In the 2004 election, however, SUPP had to drop Song from its list of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates due to his financial problems and the party nominated Wee Kok Tiong, who lost to Chong by 2,041 votes. SUPP failed to win back the Bandar Kuching seat in the just concluded parliamentary polls when its youth chief Alan Sim lost by an even bigger margin of 9,952 votes to Chong.
Many people here still have a soft spot for Song despite his personal problems and his departure from politics.
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