July 26, 2015: In referring to Tan Sri Harris Salleh’s statement on
Saturday in the Daily Express, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president
Datuk Yong Teck Lee said:
"It is a sign of a confused man to say that I, through my, “(Yong’s)
actions in taking away over 900,000 acres (of land) reserved for Sabahans
and the abolition of over 400,000 Yayasan Shares certificates”.
"I never did take away the lands reserved for Sabahans nor did I abolish
the Yayasan Shares certificates," Yong added.
In fact, my relatively short tenure as Chief Minster from May 1996 to 1998
saw the approvals of 48,000 cases of lands to Sabahans, mostly Native
July 26, 2015: The Sabah government should firmly reject the importation
of Bangladeshi workers into Sabah from among the 1.5 million workers to be
brought in to Malaysia starting later this year, says Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, on Saturday.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been reported as saying
that 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh will be brought in to Malaysia in
stages over three years to work in various fields, especially in the
plantation sectors, in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It has been
one full month ever since the Home minister revealed the plan but the
Sabah government has been strangely silent on the issue ...more
KOTA KINABALU, 25 July 2015: DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong's publication
of the Consent Judgement and his retraction and apology in his FaceBook
account of the allegation made against Datuk Yong Teck Lee for having
received RM50 million from the Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak before the
13th General Election had also brought great relief to Melanie Chia, SAPP
Deputy President and the former Luyang State Assemblywoman.
Melanie (pictured at Raya visit) was also a victim to the lies spread during the 13th General
Election especially in the social media. The apology by Likas State
Assemblyman Junz Wong brought to light the truth and dispelled the
allegations against Datuk Yong Teck and also Melanie Chia and SAPP.
Before the 13th GE, the slander against Datuk Yong was extended to attack
Melanie which alleged that out of the RM50 million given to Yong, Yong had
given Melanie RM5 million. This lie was spread in the coffee shops and was
widely circulated the few days just before polling via the Whatsapp and
KOTA KINABALU, 24 July 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) took the
initiative to arrange a courtesy call to the director's office of the
Election Commission here to get some answers on the status of the
redelineation exercise by the department.
The exercise to redraw electoral boundaries is supposed to be carried out
once every eight years to cater to development and the increase in the
number of voters which was supposed to start last year.
The courtesy call which was led by Japiril Suhaimin, who is SAPP vice
president and Treasurer-General, was told by the EC Director Datuk Hj Md
Idrus Ismail during the meeting that the new redelineation exercise issue
that had stalled since April 2014 because the EC had to concentrate its
attention on the delineation of 11 new areas in Sarawak state assembly
which automatically will be dissolved in June 2016 ...more
KINABALU, July 24, 2015: DAP’s Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong has published a
retraction and apology over the rumours spread by DAP that SAPP Yong Teck
Lee had received RM50 million from BN during the last general election.
This retraction and apology by DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong was
published in advertisements in the Chinese newspapers, See Hua Daily News
The apology was also for the defamation which was also spread during the
last General Elections through the social media by Junz Wong through his
facebook account that Yong had worked out a RM50 million deal with BN, a
vicious and dirty tactic employed by DAP to achieve their politics.
Apology is made following a Court Order made on 3 December 2014 on Junz
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KINABALU, July 23, 2015: Ex-Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris should not be
cursed for failing to claim the "40% entitlement" contained in the federal
constitution. There have been 6 Prime Ministers, 9 federal finance
ministers, 13 Sabah Chief Ministers and 9 Sabah Finance ministers. There
have been countless officers at the Attorney General Chambers and finance
ministries at both state and federal levels responsible for drawing up the
budgets, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck
Yong, is an former Sabah Chief Minister further said that after 52 years
of federal budgets, it is only now the "40% entitlement" has been
successfully brought to the mainstream of Malaysian policy making.
Therefore, the brilliance of STAR Chairman Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan to
discover this and the courage of Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman to
take this up all the way to the Prime Minister deserve our recognition.
Datuk Anifah is taking great risks of offending UMNO and the Prime
Minister. He might even lose his job over this "40%" claim and other Sabah
KINABALU, July 21, 2015: The issue of the 40% revenue entitlement
collected by the federal government to be reimbursed to Sabah has already
been studied by a team led by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan. This "40%
entitlement" has been scrutinised by constitutional law experts engaged by
Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman. Presentations have been made by
lawyers at the recent UMS Forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. A follow up, closed-door discussion with Datuk Anifah, Dr.
Jeffrey, lawyer Tuan Hj. Ansari Abdullah, academic Zainal Ajamain, myself
and others had gone through all the issues relating to the "40%
entitlement" under the federal constitution, said Datuk Yong Teck Lee,
president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) ...more
KOTA KINABALU, July 20, 2015:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) calls on the Chief Minister and the Sabah Minister of Infrastructure
to clarify press reports that Sabah's ports, especially the container port
at Sepanggar, will be open to investors from China.
In a press statement, SAPP Secretary General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong
said that it has been reported that the federal Transport Minister Datuk
Seri Liow Tiong Lai had told China investors that "Malaysia welcomes
China's firms to invest in Malaysian ports" and that the Sepanggar port
"is still in the development stage and the government hoped to upgrade the
port to international level in which foreign investments were much
Datuk Seri Liow was leading a big delegation of Malaysian businessmen and
government officers for a three-day working visit to Beijing last week.
"Does Minister Datuk Seri Liow mean that the Sabah ports are now open for
privatisation to China investors? If so,why is this not made known to the
people of Sabah? Or is federal Minister of Transport unduly interfering
with the affairs of the Sabah government?" asked Richard ...more
KINABALU, July 18, 2015: Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan(STAR), Datuk Kalakau
Untol( APS) and Datuk Yong Teck Lee with other SAPP leaders, visited the
residence of former minister of Finance, Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor in
Putatan on Friday, the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Mohd Noor is also chairman of the United Sabah Alliance, a grouping of
Sabah-based opposition parties and NGOs which was formed in March 2015.
The group also met with Star Sabah Chairman cum Bingkor Assemblyman Datuk
Dr Jeffrey Kitingan as well as Datuk Kalakau Untol( APS) ...more
July 14, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Tandek recently distributed
humanitarian aid in the form of rice and mineral water to earthquake and
mudslide victims in Ranau.
A convoy of two 4-wheel drive vehicles, an SUV as well as a 10-ton lorry
laden for 13 tons containing of rice, 600 cartons of bottled water had
traveled to the distribution site escorted by two police outriders from
The said humanitarian aid was a mission carried out in collaboration with
Tung Fatt Lion Dance Association (Bumiputra), Kota Marudu.
Suhaimi, the representative from the village, who is also the SAPP Ranau
CLC chairman, was present to receive the donation ...more
KINABALU, July 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today organised
another "Bubur Lambuk" charity program in Kota Kinabalu, after receiving
positive feedback from a recent charity program held on 27 June 2015 in
According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, this program was aimed at
preserving and promoting the ‘spirit of solidarity’ among Sabahans which
was seen during the catastrophic earthquake in Ranau Kundasang, where
people from all walks of life came together to help the victims.
The said charity program held here distributed 1,000 packs of porridge
called "Bubur Lambuk" to residents around Kota Kinabalu for breaking of
fast in the month of Ramadhan ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015:
Legal actions can be initiated by land owners whose rights have been
arbitrarily and without valid reason trampled upon by the government.
Before the 2013 general elections, land owners at Sandakan, Kudat and
Lahad Datu have brought to our attention cases of their 999-land leases
been revoked and replaced with a mere 99-lease backdated to the date of
issue of the original title. This prompted SAPP to include in the manifesto
that 999-year leases shall be reinstated.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the latest case concerns a family homestead at Cecily (Pei Ying School
area) Sandakan whose 999-year land title effective 12 November 1913 was
suddenly, without notice and without valid reason revoked and replaced
with a 99-year lease. There is not even any sub-division of land in this
KOTA KINABALU, June
30, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has aired
concern that the proposals submitted to the Technical committee on
Immigrant Management has not been deliberated on and that the whole
exercise was just another Barisan Nasional wayang kulit.
Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President said this in a press statement issued
Following the Independent Monitoring and Action Committee (IMAC) meeting
with Tan Sri Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and the Technical Committee on
immigrant management on the 15th April 2015, SAPP has through its
President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee submitted further materials on the 24th
April 2015 for the Technical Committee’s further action.
The materials submitted included a position paper entitled Illegal
immigrants in Sabah - The mother of all threats, as well as a witness
statement by Datuk Yong Teck Lee in the RCI proceedings ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 29, 2015: School bus operators are praised for their
good performance in providing quality service to students who depend on
them to get to and from school from their homes.
Its advisor, Datuk Yong Teck Lee said bus operators' responsibility
including the safety, punctuality and comfort of the students are
important while ensuring that all students are accounted for at each
and every trip.
"Your service has made it possible for many parents and guardians to carry
on their work and businesses with the confidence that their children are
well taken care of during their trips to and from schools," he said ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 20, 2015: Malaysia must wake up to the dangers of the
emotions of Filipinos being stirred up by the Philippines government's
persistent claim on Sabah, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president
Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"This is because the Philippines have once again launched a propaganda
campaign to lift the expectations of the Filipino people that they have a
chance of grabbing Sabah," he reasoned.
"Recently, Philippines President Benigno Aquino sternly declared that
Manila would not give up its Sabah claim. And last week, the Philippines
unveiled a 1734 map called the "Murillo map" in their tussle with China
over some islands in the South China Sea. That map supposedly contains the
entire territory of the Philippines, including the islands in dispute ...more
KINABALU, June 17, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called on the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to quickly release bank
account of companies that has been cleared after investigations during the
Vice President cum Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said SAPP lauded the
action by the MACC in the conducting the massive operations against
corruption in Sabah.
The operations had resulted in more than 1,000 bank accounts of companies
in Sabah being frozen to facilitate investigations since end of last month ...more
KINABALU, June 15, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has been proven
right in not joining the opposition front, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which not
only failed to fight for Sabah's autonomy and rights but also has ceased
to exist due to internal conflicts.
Its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee (pic) said top Pakatan leaders
themselves had confessed that the opposition coalition no longer existed.
"SAPP was challenged by top Pakatan leaders to join Pakatan claiming that
'only Pakatan can defeat BN'. But where is Pakatan today? What has
happened to the Pakatan YBs who were elected?
"They are the ones who have joined BN. Look who is agonising now? Look at
how both BN and Pakatan are fighting themselves. Both BN and Pakatan are
agonising over what to do next because of their lies and of their false
promises to the people ...more
KUNDASANG: June 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) yesterday visited
Kampung Mesilou to hand over donations to the victims.
Its JKKK chairman Japudin Gandipal, Village chief Tony Gabintal and a
couple of villagers were present to receive them. Kampung Mesilou, about 2
km from Kundasang town where some parts of the roads are sinking deeper
every hour and water pipes cracking are visible as small tremors continue
to occur every few hours.
The SAPP group was led by its party Treasurer-General Japiril Suhaimin,
who is also SAPP chief for Kundasang handed donations in the form of rice,
packet noodles, cooking oil and some cash ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 10, 2015: The authorities should take stern action
against the mountain nudists without fear, said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
“Their vulgarities and nude acts bordering on group orgy at Mount Kinabalu
has deeply hurt the dignity of their hosts, the Sabah people, and the awe
and respect that people have for the majestic mountain that we call
Kinabalu, the symbol of the unity of the Sabah people," he said.
"The mountain nudists have deliberately and maliciously desecrated our
national symbol and the beliefs of local people towards the mountain."
Yong said that instead of showing remorse, the mountain nudists have
instead continued to spew insults at Sabah ...more
KINABALU, June 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk
Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee has proposed channeling part of the revenue
collected from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) directly to the state
governments and let them decide how to use the money.
Yong suggested that out of the six per cent GST, two per cent should go to
the Federal Government, two per cent to the state governments and two per
cent to the local governments.
Yong pointed out that the state governments always had to apply for
allocation from the Federal Government.
However, he said the Federal Government might not be able to grant the
total amount which the state governments applied for ...more
KINABALU, Thursday 22 May 2015: SAPP today urges the Speaker of
Parliament to lead the reforms of Parliament to restore the spirit of the
formation of Malaysia by first restoring the 1/3, 2/3 composition of
SAPP deputy president, Edward Dagul, said that the documentary evidence,
including parliamentary records or Hansard, point towards the intention to
ensure that Malaya should not have a 2/3 control over Parliament. It was
because of the fear of an over dominant Malaya vis a vis the Borneo
territories and Singapore that in 1963, it was a deliberate intention of
the founding fathers that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore shall have more
than one third of the MP seats in the new Malaysian parliament ...more
KINABALU, May 20, 2015: Another cross border kidnapping is triggering
another round of laughable statements from top officials that are causing
more loss of confidence that the kidnapping itself because the statements
make the people feel that the government does not have a grip on the
"Ban barter trading", "CCTVs not clear", "community to be blamed",
"suspected inside job", "kidnap happened in between police shifts," "we
cannot have a patrol boat every 100 meter," big ransom sum demanded,"
"long coastline" are some responses of security officials who never cease
to amuse the people. Instead of protecting barter traders and resort
operators, our police are asking them to close down.
The Home ministry also shot down the Sabah Chief Minister's repeated
proposal to have attack helicopters citing more time needed as though the
Sandakan Ocean King kidnap was the first incident ...more
KINABALU, May 15, 2015: The audacity of the cross border kidnappers to
strike at the heart of Sandakan on the mainland of Sabah during curfew
hours shows the contempt that these foreign gunmen have for our security
Once again, the foreign intruding gunmen have inflicted so much
humiliation on Malaysia that neither a ministerial "resignation in
disgrace" nor another "RM500 offer to slap Home Minister" will be enough
to appease the anger of Sabahans or restore the confidence of the people
towards the authorities in securing Sabah.
As usual and again, while the government and Home Minister only lose face,
it is Sabahans who pay the heavy price, in every sense of the word "price"
May 12, 2015: Malaysia and Sabahans total rejection of the Philippines/Sulu
claim on Sabah must be resolute, unambiguous and firm and backed by solid
actions on the security, economic and diplomatic fronts.
But, instead of being clear and firm, the Malaysian government seems to
have sent a disastrously wrong signal to the Philippines that Malaysia is
willing to entertain the idea of the possible inclusion of Sabah (and
Sarawak) into the proposed Bangsamoro republic.
According to a Philippines news report, the Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) has received a formal invitation from an emissary of the Malaysian
government "for exploratory talks on the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak
into the Bangsamoro republic." The Philippines Star newspaper revealed
that a Malaysian emissary met with the secretary general of the Sulu
Sultanate, and reported their stand that the Sulu Sultanate has
proprietary rights over the disputed territories (of Sabah and Sarawak)
May 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth staged a peaceful
gathering to highlight issues such as Borneonisation, Cabotage policy,
Good and Services Tax (GST) and increased cost of living at Gaya Street,
The supporters, numbering about 30,were seen about 9.30am carrying banners
and placards asking for Sabahans’ rights to be protected, Sabah
Identification Cards, abolishment of the cabotage policy, Borneonisation
issues and GST.
The close to 20-minute peaceful assembly ended when they were directed by
police personnel to disperse.
According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, they were having a peaceful
demonstration to highlight to the public several issues that are burdening
KINABALU, May 10, 2015:
To restore public confidence on law enforcement authorities and the
justice system, the police has a responsibility to promptly solve the case
of the alleged shooting of a mechanic at Inanam by Mat Malaya also known
as Mohd Jusnaidi, reportedly a brother of an ex-federal minister Datuk Noh
Further, authorities must reinvestigate the alleged syabu smuggling by Mat
Malaya at KK airport in 2007 and his subsequent "acquittal" in 2008 and
whether he is suspected to have engaged in drug trafficking ever since
2008. The prosecutor office also should explain how Mat Malaya got away
with an acquittal so that our justice system can live up to the maxim that
"justice must not only be done but be seen to be done".
In view of his 2007 charge for drug trafficking, it is strange that he can
be in possession of a fire arm. Or is this a case of illegal fire arm?
This should be disclosed by the police ...more
KINABALU, April 27, 2015: Sabah should prepare for the worse yet to come
out of the likely breakdown in peace efforts in the Southern Philippines,
said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
He said political and security developments in the Philippines over the
last one week revealed that, even with the direct intervention of the
Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), the warring factions of the
Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had
not been able to reach a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to create a
Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao ...more
KINABALU, April 10, 2015: "The indefinite postponement of the
Borneonisation case between two Sabahan ex-public servants and the federal
and Sabah state governments is a classic case of "justice delayed is
justice denied", said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"The Federal Court had earlier fixed April 13 as the hearing date in Kota
Kinabalu to determine the issue of locus standi of ex-policeman Bernard
Fung Fon Chen and ex-teacher Nazib Maidan to bring the civil suit against
the Federal and State governments. But we have been informed by the
lawyers Peter Marajin and Ken Yong that the case has been "vacated" or "dikeluarkan"
from the list of cases to be heard on April 13. No other date has been set
for this case.
Fung and Nazib have in 2011 initiated legal action to compel the Federal
Government to implement the promise of Borneonisation of the public
services in Sabah (and Sarawak) as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement
KINABALU, April 2, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants the new
director post of the Sabah Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) to be given
to a Sabahan.
SAPP Kota Kinabalu youth chief Dexter Chin said priority should be given a
Sabahan to hold the director post at LKIM or any government post in Sabah.
He said the Barisan Nasional government as well as government agencies
should be sensitive to the needs of the people of Sabah.
"Is there no one from Sabah who is capable to hold such director posts?
What is lacking with the people of Sabah?" he asked after handing a
memorandum to LKIM during a peaceful gathering at the LKIM office in Alam
Mesra, Jalan Sulaman here yesterday ...more
KINABALU, April 2, 2015: City Hall needs to upkeep the hawkers' area at
the Central Market here which is now a place of choice for the people to
look for non-GST goods.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President, Melanie Chia said that
since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has materialised, the least the
government can do was to ensure the business infrastructure and amenities
were being well maintained.
She said providing better amenities would lead to higher productivity
which may be translated to higher income.
Chia accompanied by SAPP KK Zone Wanita Chief Siaw Shui Lan visited the
first floor hawking area where clothing, shoes and some daily needs are
sold at the Central Market ...more
KOTA KINABALU, March 27, 2015: Sabah DAP demanded my apology for
commenting on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang's call for a unity government with
UMNO and other parties of the political divide. I will apologise if DAP
can show how my statement of March 23 can twist Lim Kit Siang's statement
(as quoted by Sabah DAP) posted on his blog two days later on March 25
which repeated Lim's call for a new coalition government.
I will also apologise if DAP denied earlier media reports, including the
ones of Lim Kit Siang at Bukit Bintang last Sunday, calling for a "Save
Malaysia" coalition government "with MPs from both sides of the political
divide" to be led by a leader from "either side of the divide".
I will further apologise if DAP can name a Prime Minister if not the
incumbent PM Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak to lead this coalition government.
The reason, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is already disqualified. And the PAS
leader Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has already been dismissed by DAP as
"dishonest". Who does DAP think would be the PM in a DAP coalition with
UMNO and other parties? ....more
March 26, 2015: "If Sabah DAP Vice Chairman Chan Foong Hin really wants to
know more about the term of Datuk Yong Teck Lee as Chief Minister for two
years from 1996 to 1998, almost 17 years ago, all that Chan needs to do is
ask his Sabah DAP Chief Jimmy Wong Sze Phin. Since it was so long ago,
maybe Chan has forgotten this inconvenient truth.
Some of the things that Datuk Yong did for Sabah was the granting of lands
to independent schools and to religious organisations in Sabah, including
to give lands to schools for financial sustenance, a meritorious,
non-racial civil service and security in Sabah by enhancing peace and
development in the East Asean Growth Area.
"Jimmy Wong was an active Supreme Councillor of SAPP and close to Datuk
Yong at all the times that Datuk Yong was Chief Minister", said Foo Fook
Ming, who was a political secretary to Datuk Yong when Yong was Chief
Minister. (Pic: An old photograph of Jimmy Wong with Harris and other Bersekutu
KINABALU, March 24, 2015: The breakup of Pakatan Rakyat shows that the
so-called "two-parties system" is a fallacy in Malaysia. The way forward
for Malaysia is a "one country, two systems". This means that Malaya and
its states can do what it wants, including the imposition of a religious
theocratic state. But the Borneo territories of Sabah and Sarawak can
exercise full autonomy in a "one-country, two-systems" within the
federation of Malaysia whereby Borneo can insulate itself from the racial
and religious extremism that is toxic to nation building.
It is hollow for Sabah DAP to "cut ties with PAS". If DAP is sincerely
remorseful about their links with PAS, then DAP should leave the Selangor
State government that includes PAS. And the DAP-led Penang government
should remove PAS from its government ranks.
Sabah DAP should not think that their "cutting of ties" with PAS would
absolve them from all the lies and false promises that they have made to
the people. The DAP lies have now come back to haunt the party. PAS did
not lie about hudud. It was DAP that lied to the people about hudud ...more
KOTA KINABALU, March 11, 2015: If Sabahans are not allowed to take the
Borneonisation case to the courts, then they may have to petition the
United Nations or initiate legal action in the United Kingdom.
Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the Borneonisation of
the public services in Sabah was a clear-cut promise and undertaking in
the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
"The same promise of Borneonisation (by the first Prime Minister Tunku
Abdul Rahman and others) was repeated many times in newspapers and
official documents to lure Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia.
"But this promise has been reneged," he said in his talk at the forum on
the Formation of the Federation of Malaysia that specifically touched on
Borneonisation in the Malaysia Agreement, at Universiti Malaysia Sabah
March 11, 2015: Sabah opposition parties band together to save state
Four Sabah-based opposition parties have formed an alliance, calling
themselves the United Sabah Alliance, or USA, in short.
Led by former state Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor, the new
alliance members comprised United Borneo Front (UBF), Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP), State Reform Party Sabah (Star Sabah) and Sabah Reform
USA will combat efforts and threats posed by racial extremists in the
KOTA KINABALU, February 5, 2015: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s
statement on boycotting Chinese traders who refuse to lower the prices of
goods and that this was seen as an act of sabotage to create public anger
against the government is utterly irresponsible and dangerous of a
minister, says Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Melanie Chia Chui
She said such racist statement coming from a cabinet membe reflects the
dismal failure of the national unity in Malaysia. His utterance will
further harm the harmony among the races in Malaysia.
"The Minister is utterly naïve to suggest that it is only the traders who
should bring down their prices in response to the drop in the prices of
oil. He has forgotten that when the tariff for electricity was increased,
the government was already forewarned of the spiraling effects of the
spate of increases in energy price on the business community. And the
effects of the increases in electricity tariff on the prices of goods and
services have already been entrenched into the pricing in businesses ...more
KOTA KINABALU, January
31, 2015: Peninsular Malaysians now it seems not only snap up teaching
positions in Sabah but also fill up officer positions in the Employee
Provident Fund's local office.
These claims were made by Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Amde
Sidik, Friday, putting the trend down to the lack of the Borneonisation
His claim came following a query to the EPF as to why officer positions
are being filled up by those from the peninsula while many Sabahans with
diplomas and degrees were never given promotion.
"The usual reason is that peninsula officers had a high-quality
performance record compared to Sabahans," said Amde on the EPF response.
"Perhaps many other federal departments and agencies still practise the
same…this is where the spirit of Borneonisation is obviously lacking ...more
KOTA KINABALU, January 29, 2015: The revelation today by the education
department that only 64 out of the 598 new teachers arriving at Sabah this
month are Sabahans shows that the education ministry has thrown the
Malaysia Agreement 1963 into the dustbin, says SAPP.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the
Malaysia Agreement is explicit that the Borneonisation of the civil
service is a binding obligation on the Malaysian government. But, instead
of gradually implementing Borneonisation of the civil service by replacing
West Malaysian teachers with Sabah teachers, it seems that the government
is speeding up the complete Malayanisation of the civil service in Sabah,
especially in education and religion for whatever hidden agenda ...more
KINABALU, January 22, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk
Yong Teck Lee compared that the party dissolution of 149 branches to the
planting of padi - reverse is actually progress.
Yong said that the Supreme Council decision on January 21 to close down
149 mostly inactive branches is to "re-alloacte resources, manpower, time
and energy" to constituencies where SAPP has better chances of contesting
and winning in the next general elections.
Yong reasoned that, since SAPP is forming a pact with two other Sabah
local parties and other NGOs, it follows that SAPP will not contest as
many seats as in the last general elections because some constituencies
will be contested by our partners in the Sabah parties coalition ...more
by Amde Sidik
I'm disgusted with this affair, Britney Nicole, from Long Semadoh, Lawas
barred from attending a form three class at SMK Seri Mutiara, Cheras
because she was wearing a 'baju kurung'.
I can only say, we find the most stupid authority and we have the most
stupid people that run the school.
With this behaviour running public institution, would do nothing good for
Only Malay schoolgirl can wear baju kurung? I’ve never heard any other
places in the world that a race like Malay has an exclusive right to
school dresses or any dresses, not even the apartheid government in South
Africa fifty years or so ago.
I think even asking a question, like, ‘what is your race?’ can in fact be
construed as a racist remark, let alone barring a dress based for a race.
Are they going to say it’s all right for Malay to say? -
KINABALU, January 10, 2015: SAPP believes that the extension of the
current term of incumbent Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir for one year should
be based on merits and not on racial grounds. All city halls face a wide
variety of challenges that affect ordinary people directly. Similarly, the
KK City Mayor's job is an unenviable task that requires the goodwill of
the people and a strong team in City Hall. Datuk Abidin's four-year tenure
has been relatively calm and we wish him all the best in carrying out his
duties in the coming year.
Its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said it is unwise for politicians to
insist that the Mayor must be of a certain race because that politician
could come across as being racist and have no confidence in other races.
In the recent public discourse over the KK City Mayor post, our MP for
Kota Kinabalu Jimmy Wong Sze Phin had stated that the Mayor must be a
Chinese. This is a skewed logic that puzzles not only the non-Chinese but
also many Chinese. I feel that Jimmy Wong, who spends most of his time
outside KK, has misjudged the mood of the people of Kota Kinabalu ...more
KINABALU, January 10, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Movement
yesterday handed a memorandum to the Sabah Education Director Datuk Jame Alip to
urge for Sabah youths to be given priority in entering the teaching
profession at local teacher colleges in Sabah so as to fill the gap of
local teachers in our primary and secondary schools in Sabah.
Based on the press statement recently it mentioned that out of more than
38,000 teachers in Sabah, 11,000 or 29% of whom are teachers from the
Peninsula. About 3,000 teachers are from Kelantan and Terengganu where
this states adversely affected by massive floods recently, causing the
school opening to be postponed for a week in the whole of Malaysia ...more
KINABALU, January 9, 2015: The Sabah Government would lose a golden
opportunity to redress the Sabah (and Sarawak) political imbalance vis a
vis the federal government if Sabah fails to push for an increase in the
number of parliamentary seats for Sabah under the ongoing review of
electoral boundaries, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"There are now 25 MP seats in Sabah, an increase of 9 from the original 16
MP seats in 1963 (or 56.2% increase). In Sarawak, there are now 31 MP
seats, an increase of 7 from its 1963 number of 24 (up 29.1%). But in
Malaysia as a whole, the number of MPs for Peninsula Malaysia has
increased disproportionately by 59.6%. This is partly the result of Malaya
taking over Singapore's quota of MP seats after Singapore left Malaysia in
Yong said that when Malaysia was formed in 1963, 34.6% of the MP seats in
Parliament were allocated to Sabah/Sarawak/Singapore as a safeguard
against any amendment to the federal constitution that adversely affects
Sabah/Sarawak/Singapore. Sabah originally had 16 MPs, Sarawak (24 MPs) and
Singapore (15 MPs) ...more
KINABALU, January 2, 2015: More damage control is urgently needed if Sabah
were to mitigate losses caused by the tragic air crash of Air Asia flight
QZ8501, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"It does not matter that the ill fated air craft was flying from Indonesia
to Singapore and that flight QZ8501 was an Air Asia Indonesian, not
Malaysian, operation as claimed by Sabah tourism minister Datuk Masidi
Manjun, in news reports today."
"The Air Asia brand is known globally to be a Malaysian success story
which we cannot conveniently disown now that there has been an air crash.
In the aftermath of the air crash, the most recognisable face in the
international media is that of a Malaysian, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the
Air Asia CEO who is showing exemplary leadership on behalf of Air Asia.