As we all know that SUPP lost 12 of its seats including the seat held by its President George Chan to the DAP.
Only two of the Chinese seats were retained, that is, the Bawan Asan seat by Wong Soon Koh and Senadin by Lee Kim Shin. Even then SUPP almost lost Senadin to PKR winning by 58 votes only in a constituency of 22,432 voters.
SUPP therefore depends on Dayak representatives of Johnichal Rayong of Engkilili, Francis Harden (Simanggang), Jerip Susil (Bengoh) and Ranum Mina (Opar) to articulate and fight for SUPP interests (read Chinese interests).
Mostly like to be appointed to the Taib cabinet are Wong Soon Koh and Lee Kim Shin as full ministers.
Francis Harden will continue to be an assistant minister and Jerip will be the new assistant minister. It is possible for Ranum to be appointed another assistant minister.
Rayong will be given a post as political secretary, or a director in government-linked companies. These will be their rewards for them to look after the Chinese interests.
The Chinese voters and community have rejected SUPP leaders. Only Dayak voters have voted for the SUPP leaders.
Had it not been for the substantial number of Dayak voters in Senadin (4,805 Dayaks) and Bawan Asan (5,834 Ibans), Lee and Wong would have lost.
The party was saved by the Dayak community, although previously SUPP had not only neglected the interests of the Dayaks but had also allowed its cronies to land-grab Dayak native customary rights (NCR) land. Examples of NCR land in Bau, Lundu, Simnaggang and Engkilili have been taken away from them and leased to SUPP-related crony companies.
So given a bigger voice in SUPP, the Dayak reps could also play a very vital role in the party urging the party (i) to give more government contracts, government posts like mayors, councillors, political secretaries, and directors in government-linked companies to the Dayaks, and (ii) to ask for more development funds to be channeled to the rural areas under SUPP.
Don’t distribute vegetable seeds, fish fry, pieces of zinc and chicks to the Dayak voters. They deserve better than that. Construct better and tar-sealed roads, electricity, clean water, medical services, schools, and etc.
So if you fail to carry out all these, then you are mere puppets in SUPP.
From now on, the public are watching you.