Change doesn’t mean different person at the top said Dr Chan SUPP president who retain his post unopposed at the party triennial delegates conferences in Kuching ended on Sunday.

Dr Chan was quick in defending the ‘new’ but ‘old guard’ including 73 year Law Hieng Ding who will continue guiding one of Sarawak oldest party for another three years.

Telling the media after the TDC at the party’s headquarters Kuching on Sunday, Chan said the ‘old guard’ would find new ways and approaches to rejuvenate the party. “It is the thinking that has changed.

He also stressed that the persons (line-up) are not important. If the heart and mind are changing with new ways of doing things, it is more important than anything else.

“Changing does not mean changing the person but it means changing the mindset. If you change the people and they do the same thing and have the same policies and not find new ways of doing things, it is not changing,” he said according to Bernama.

The party central secretariat received 185 nomination forms for CC members, and this figure far exceeded the maximum number of 104 as stipulated under the party’s constitution.

The number was later reduced after the exceeding nominees were advised to withdraw their forms.

On his decision in the party’s Special Delegates Conference in 2006 to step down, Dr Chan said he had to put the party unity as priority as it would be good for everyone.

“I accept this responsibility. We will work with a new spirit,” he said.

On the infighting, particularly in the Bintangor branch, involving his deputy, Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding, Dr Chan said all party members needed to work together, regardless of their factions.

“If they can’t work together, we will force them to work together. That’s why I am giving them six months to do that…if not, the central leadership will step in.

“Internal fighting has been dragging on and on. It is time to put a stop. Maybe in the past, we were too soft on this but now, we are going to take action if they can’t resolve the infighting,” he said.

Asked about his intention to retire from politics last year, Law, 73, said he had to accept the decision to retain the line-up since it was the consensus of the party members for the sake of party unity.