Kuching new Mayor James Chan Khay Syn

The guessing game is over who would be helming the Kuching City South Council (or Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan) mayorship. 

James Chan Khay Syn is the new mayor.  A relatively unknown figure but successful businessman.

The state cabinet decided at its meeting yesterday to appoint Chan for the post which has been vacant since August 23 last year following the untimely demise of Chong Ted Tsiung.

The news of Chan appointment was confirmed by Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin.

Reason given for the appointment due to the “political circumstances”. Manyin almost crudely told Chan you didn’t get it because you lost in the election.

“I think if SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party) wants its candidate as mayor, it better work hard to regain the four seats in Kuching so as to have stronger and better bargaining power,” Manyin said.

He pointed out that SUPP had made its case before the cabinet arrived at its decision, but at the moment, the cabinet feels it is better to have a non-politician to run the city to avoid controversy.

After Manyin made the announcement, Dr Chan told reporters of his confidence that all is not lost for SUPP and that the party will work closely with the new mayor.