Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is scheduled to open the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Triennial Delegates’ Conference (TDC) on Dec 13 and 14.

SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan said Abdullah had agreed to come for the opening ceremony on Dec 13 and that the party had also extended an invitation to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“We are also inviting leaders of other Barisan Nasional component parties to ensure it will be a grand affair,” he told reporters after chairing a four-hour party meeting here Monday.

Dr Chan, who is the deputy chief minister, said the party intend to make the coming TDC a grand affair as it would be the last TDC that Abdullah would be attending as prime minister.

On the meeting today, Dr Chan said, apart from discussing the preparation for the upcoming TDC, it also worked out formulas to solve internal problems in the party.

“We cannot afford anymore infighting,” he said, adding that SUPP would focus on efforts to regain and strengthen the people’s confidence towards the 45-year-old party.

Dr Chan said the party was on track to rejuvenate itself.

The Chinese-based SUPP, Sarawak’s second largest party, lost seven of the 19 seats allocated to it in the 2006 state polls but unexpectedly did well in the March 8 parliamentary election when it won six of the seven parliamentary seats it contested.

The seats are Stampin, Sibu, Lanang, Serian, Miri and Sarikei. It however failed to wrest Bandar Kuching from DAP.