Sarawak United People Party President Dr George Chan (left) and Sarawak Chief Minister Taib on the right.

Sarawak is abuzz with rumours that the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is pulling out of the Barisan Nasional (BN). Are they for real?

Several Chinese newspapers here have played up speculations after after SUPP secretary-general Sim Kheng Hui declined to confirm or deny rumours that the long-standing BN partner was pulling out of the coalition.

Rumours began swirling last week following a secret meeting among SUPP’s top leaders and elected representatives in Kuala Lumpur.

The rendezvous was to have been a prelude to a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak from whom SUPP is seeking help to settle problems affecting the party, one of which is that the party and the Chinese community have been ignored, bullied or marginalized allegedly by Chief Minister Abdul Taib’s government.

But SUPP leaders however failed to meet with the Prime Minister. Another meeting is expected to be arranged soon.

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