Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Sarawak United People's Party president.

A tough fight awaits Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), especially in the Chinese-majority constituencies in the coming state election, party president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said.

Dr Chan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, is worried about the current political situation as far as SUPP is concerned.

“We are going to face a difficult time. I’m certain if we don’t work hard, if we don’t change and if we don’t try to do things the people want us to do, then the future of the party is at stake,” he said at the SUPP 51st anniversary celebration dinner here on Friday night.

SUPP, the oldest Chinese-led political party in the state, failed to retain the Sibu parliamentary seat in the May 16 by-election after newcomer Robert Lau Hui Yew narrowly lost by 398 votes to DAP state chairman Wong Ho Leng.

Dr Chan urged party leaders go to the ground, reach out to the people and listen to their views as SUPP must cope with new challenges and meet the demands and aspirations of the people.

“The fighting spirit of the party members and leaders will restore and strengthen the party to face the challenges in the coming state election,” he said.

Dr Chan also urged opposition parties from the peninsula to stop poisoning the minds of the people in Sarawak by bringing unhealthy and bad politics which could destroy harmony in the state. — Bernama