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Slap proceeds to benefit families of fallen heroes

KOTA KINABALU, April 10, 2014: "The people of Sabah have suffered too long because of the failure of the federal government to fulfill its constitutional duty to secure Sabah from foreign intrusions and cross border violent crimes, resulting in a loss of confidence on the authorities. The recent cross border abductions of tourists have inevitably caused severe damage to the economy as well. We can imagine the extreme trauma currently faced by the kidnap victims and the anguish felt by the victims' families. Perhaps the ministers do not feel the suffering of the people in Sabah. "Enough is enough!"

On Home Minister Zahid's slap challenge for me to slap him personally, I accept his challenge and invite him to come to visit Lahad Datu and Semporna without being escorted by his crowd of bodyguards and police and army security cordon.

I will donate the RM501 from Zahid to the Tabung Wira Lahad Datu (Lahad Datu Heroes Fund) for the benefit of the families of the fallen heroes who were sacrificed in defending Sabah during the Lahad Datu Tanduo intrusion in March 2013. If Zahid keeps his promise to pay the RM501 upon being slapped, I am confident that Sabahans will contribute more than ten times to the Fund ...more

Deputy Home Minister highly irresponsible and should resign too!

KOTA KINABALU, April 6, 2014: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was quoted yesterday in saying that resorts operating in remote locations off Sabah should cease operation as authorities cannot prevent repeats of Wednesday’s abduction near Semporna. He said the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) — tasked with coordinating security forces in Sabah, could not provide round-the-clock protection to these far-flung locations.

Melanie Chia Chui Ket, the Vice President and Women Chief of Sabah Progressive Party, condemned the suggestion made by the Deputy Home Minister saying that the Government cannot shrug off its responsibility just like that!

The Deputy Home Minister is being highly irresponsible even to suggest that resorts operating in remote locations off Sabah should cease operation only because he thinks that the security forces could not provide round the clock protection to these far-flung locations! ...more

Yet another cross border kidnapping at Sabah’s east coast

KOTA KINABALU, April 4, 2014: “I offer RM500 to anyone who slaps the Home Affairs Minister when he next visits Sabah for him to take ministerial responsibility for yet another serious security breach in Sabah’s east coast. I offer another RM500 for another slap on the Home Minister for his broken promise to reveal the names of the “three opposition leaders” behind the Lahad Datu Tanduo intrusion last year,” said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee in expressing the anger felt by Sabahans today over the latest cross-border kidnapping of a female tourist and a resort worker yesterday.

The current Home Minister, Datuk Zahid Hamidi, who was the then defence minister, had on the eve of early polling by security forces and families in last year’s general elections, accused but could not name, three opposition leaders who he said were behind the Sulu intrusion at Lahad Datu. Zahid had said that he would reveal the names of the three after the general elections. Datuk Yong had called this kind of playing politics with security as sickening ...more

Sabah should emulate Sarawak CM

KOTA KINABALU, March 20, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) saluted the new Sarawak Chief Minister and hit State Government's firm stand in safeguarding Sarawakian interests, which it said should be emulated by the Sabah State Government.

Its Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun. who said this, also urged the Sabah Chief Minister and State Government to state its stand on what was raised by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem on the oil royalty increase and soon.

Adenan was reported Monday as hoping to get the Federal Government to agree to 20 per cent oil royalty for Sarawak. saying he would ask the Federal Government if they could accommodate the request.

Believing the Federal Government will consider it favourably. Adenan said the present 5 per cent oil and gas royalty rate is a common complaint by Sarawakians and Sabahans, usually talked about in the same breath as their relative lack of development ...more

Major current issues not addressed at NUCC public dialogue

KOTA KINABALU, March 9, 2014: The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) should use its public dialogue to examine current major issues and not just to discuss the same topics that have been brought up since over a generation ago.

Former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the latest NUCC dialogue held here yesterday had attracted an encouraging turnout and participation from the floor in the discussion session was very good.

However, he said it was disappointing that the main topic being deliberated, which was national unity, was out of date as it had been thoroughly discussed in the late 80s.

"There were many interesting issues being brought up but unfortunately the discussion centred mostly on national integration, which had been discussed during the National Economy Consultative Council (MAPEN) meeting in 1989 and its report was later documented in February 1991," he said when met after the public dialogue entitled "Grass Roots Voices, Building a United Malaysian Race", organized by NUCC at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka ...more

Why 70% teachers from peninsular?

KOTA KINABALU, March 6, 2014: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants to know why priority is not being given to Sabahans in recruitment of teachers in the state.

The opposition party said the State Education Department should explain the rationale behind the deployment of almost 70% of teachers from Peninsular Malaysia to teach in Sabah.

Brister Mokujal, a youth wing leader of the party who led a peaceful protest on the issue at the premises of State Education Department in the Federal Building in Sembulan here, yesterday, said it was incredible that there were still insufficient Sabahan teachers.

The SAPP protest was in response to the recent revelation by the State education director Jame Alip that of the 1,380 teachers recruited to teach in Sabah, 865 are from the peninsula and only 481 from Sabah.

“Why such a huge number (of teachers) from Malaya? Were there no qualified Sabahans for the job? ...more

DAP's sudden denial questionable

Rudy has issued press statement as DAP Tenom District leader 8 months ago and no one from DAP has ever contradicted him ... but why only now?

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Chief Edward Dagul today in response to DAP Sabah Organizing Secretary Junz Wong's denial on Mairi's membership said that it was Teresa Kok who had cheerfully announced on 11th June 2013 that Rudy Mairi Sulaiman had joined DAP.

"The Selangor DAP leader had tweeted her photo (attached) receiving Rudy at a ceremony in Tenom flanking a big rocket logo in the presence of an apparently satisfied Jimmy Wong, the State DAP chief. So, is the newly promoted Sabah DAP Organising Secretary, Junz Wong, calling Theresa Kok and Jimmy Wong liars?

Following the so called ceremony, Rudy had been issuing statements to the press under the tag of a DAP leader of Tenom and no one from DAP has ever denied that he (Rudy) is neither a member nor a District DAP leader. In fact, in the 5th July 2013 issue of Daily Express, Rudy confirmed that he was in direct communication with Junz Wong. So, how can Junz Wong now state that Rudy was never a member of DAP?" ...share

Rudy left DAP, not SAPP, for KDM Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, February 27, 2014: Rudy Mairi Sulaiman was much earlier on already enticed by DAP, so it is not true that he left SAPP for KDM Malaysia. In fact, he left DAP for KDM Malaysia because of broken promises by DAP, said Edward Dagul, SAPP Youth Chief.

“We were puzzled by the statement made yesterday in the online portal The Borneo Insider that Rudy had led a group of SAPP members to join KDM Malaysia,” said Edward.

It was widely reported, on 13th June 2013, that Rudy had joined DAP. The membership application handing over ceremony by Teresa Kok, DAP MP for Seputeh was cheerfully announced by in her twitter posting on 11th June 2013...more.

Donating aid to flood stricken members in Keningau & Tenom

KENINGAU, February 24, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President Datuk Frankie Chong giving out relief supplies such as bags of rice and food assortments SAPP member families in Kg.Ansip & Kg.Pegalungan.

As many as 45 SAPP member families were given aid during the give away of aid. Those who were at the giving out of donations were Puan Irene Chan from SAPP women's EXCO and members of AJK CLC Sook.

Vice president Jimmy Jawatah was also giving provisional aid such as rice and food assortments at areas of Malalap and Kamabong. As many as 217 families SAPP member families received aid. SAPP leaders who were also at attendance during the giving out of aid were vice president & SAPP women's wing chief Puan Melanie Chia and wife of Parti President Datin Seri Panglima Stella Yong ... share

Sabah needs a more open sky policy

KOTA KINABALU, February 22, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the Sabah government must make its stand clear publicly on the issue of whether Air Asia should be relocated to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 of the KK International Airport. So far, Air Asia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes seems to be the spokesman for the Sabah government and the Chief Minister.

"This is because the Sabah Government is answerable to Sabahans and to the Sabah travel industry whereas Tony Fernandes is answerable only to his shareholders and his pockets," he added.

Yong who is also ex-chief minister of Sabah said, "while people are thankful for the contribution of Air Asia to Sabah’s travel industry, we must realise that Air Asia fares “plus this and that” is no longer cheap. And cheap air fares is not the only reason that tourists come to Sabah because Air Asia offers also low airfares to other destinations, some of which are competitors of Sabah ...more

Govt urged to resolve worsening flood situation

KOTA KINABALU, February 18, 2014: The government must immediately come up with an effective long-term solution to resolve the perennial and worsening flood situation in Beaufort.

According to SAPP Women chief Melanie Chia, as the problem has been in existing for more than 30 years, the government should have come up with solutions to resolve it, especially since the floods in Beaufort are getting worse.

There should be no more excuses for the government not to be able to address the perennial problem, she told a press conference yesterday ...more

Actual number of flood victims in Beaufort higher than reported

KOTA KINABALU, February 18, 2014: The number of flood victims in Beaufort is higher than that reported by the media as many did not report themselves to the relief centres that were set up by the government.

This is because many of those living in the remote villages were reluctant to leave their homes as they were concerned for their property and belongings, thus causing them to be stranded there.

According to SAPP Lumadan CLC chairman Jamain Sarudin, many of these victims are from the voting districts of Bangkalalak and Padas Damit which are located about 60km away or an hour's drive from Beaufort town.

"There are around 20 villages with an estimated population of 8,000 people and as I was driving down from Sipitang, I noticed that many of the villagers were camping by the roadside off their villages ...more

Only full withdrawal and apology may defuse lawsuits

KOTA KINABALU, February 15, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the accusations by DAP and its leader Junz Wong against SAPP and him (Yong) were so viciously defamatory that only a full withdrawal and apology can defuse lawsuits.

“Junz had personally alleged that `SAPP has worked out a 50 million deal agreement with Najib to split Sabah voters` and that SAPP had offered him (Junz) candidacy and some cash.

“These are blatant lies that only Junz Wong can answer for in a court of law,” Yong told reporters in response to DAP Sabah chief Jimmy Wong`s call for SAPP and the party president to withdraw the defamation suits against DAP and Junz  ...more

Junz Wong playing hide and seek game

KOTA KINABALU, February 12, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said Likas Assemblyman, Junz Wong is playing a cat and mouse game to avoid being served with the legal suits from the party.

SAPP Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said party personnel had been trying to serve the suits since January this year but Wong had always been giving them the slip ...more

Message in conjunction with the new lunar year of the horse

"As we send off the year of the snake, there is a sense of hope yet anxiety in welcoming the year of the horse. I believe that the new year will be a strenuous test of the people's endurance and our resilience in the face of inevitable rising costs of living. The trend of family incomes not being able to keep up with the family commitments such as education, health and housing will continue in the new year," Yong Teck Lee.

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Power Tariff Hike Protest

KOTA KINABALU, January 25, 2014: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called for the State’s power utility management to be fully returned to the State Government after the recent power outage which left all of Sabah and Labuan without electricity for some ten hours.

SAPP Kota Kinabalu Youth Chief John Stephen Dionysius said the power outage clearly showed the inability of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in managing the state’s power supply under Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).

“We think this is rather unfair for Sabah especially now with the increase in electricity tariff by 16.9 per cent,” he said during a peaceful protest staged by some 20 SAPP members at the SESB headquarters in Karamunsing here, at about 11am, Friday.

Also present are SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul, SAPP supreme councillor Stephan Gaimin, SAPP Youth and Mudanita members ...more

Fake attack at Suria Sabah

Too eager to be hero, Junz Wong has tragically turned a private family matter into a public embarrassment

KOTA KINABALU, January 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has accused DAP Sabah assistant secretary cum Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong of allegedly manipulating the young girl in the ‘fake robbery’ controversy, to come out to apologise publicly.

Speaking at a news conference held here today, a group of SAPP women activists led by its supreme councillor Chia Miu Lee claimed that Wong had manipulated the girl to issue a public apology, to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall especially, after his dubious claim concerning the so-called robbery attempt which allegedly took place in Suria Sabah recently, backfired.

They were responding to the public apology made by the girl, who refused to be identified, in a news conference organized by Wong, on Wednesday ...more

Unity and patriotism crucial in Sabah's struggle for autonomy and progress

KOTA KINABALU, January 21, 2014: The unity of the people of all races, religions and social backgrounds is crucial in determining the success of Sabah's struggle for autonomy and progress, said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, in remarks on the role of the Chinese Sabahans in fighting for Sabah which was raised by STAR Sabah Chapter Chairman Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan recently.

"Dr. Jeffrey is well aware that his struggle for Sabah ever since the 1980s has been helped by patriots of all races, including ethnic Chinese Sabahan activists. Therefore, people should not be upset by his "out of the blue" comments last week that Chinese Sabahans should not only be interested in business but should protect Sabah's interests and autonomy, as though the Chinese community have not and are not doing so" said Yong, an ethnic Chinese Sabahan who also has been fighting for Sabah rights and autonomy ...more

We will never give up

KOTA KINABALU, January 19, 2014: One day when Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has a Yang Berhormat (YB), be it four or 10 years later, it will prove that SAPP is a Sabah-based party that never gives up.

SAPP president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee said people had predicted that SAPP would “gulung tikar” (come to an end) after the 13th General Election (GE13).

“Let us all be patient. One day, be it four or 10 years later, when SAPP wins a YB (a constituency), we will be revived,” he said, while urging party members to continue SAPP’s struggle.

“And the people will say that this party, SAPP, is a party that never gives up.”  ...more

We still have work to do - Melanie

SAPP may have been washed-out in GE13 but its still retained its dignity unlike peninsular opposition Pakatan Rakyat which has seen defections.

KOTA KINABALU, January 19, 2014: Despite its washout performance in the last general election, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is not about to retreat from the political arena in the state.

Brushing aside speculations by political observers that SAPP is on its last leg, the party’s women’s wing chief Melanie Chia said the rumours were unfounded.

“SAPP still has the fighting spirit to continue fighting for the people. We are fully aware that there are still unfinished jobs for us,” she told members and supporters at the party’s annual dinner here recently ...more

Explanation of shooting spree unconvincing

KOTA KINABALU, January 16, 2014 (Thur): The police explanation of the shooting spree affecting 46 business premises here as the work of “naughty kids” is too facile, former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee said on Thursday.

“It even took the police three days to clarify that the widely-circulated photos of two persons handcuffed, sitting on the floor in a police facility, were not that of the shooters in KK.

“As though it is not worrying enough that the police had no foreknowledge of the shooting spree, the police seem (to be) at a loss, even with the benefit of hindsight and after reviewing evidence gathered,” Yong said.

He added that it was equally worrisome when the Deputy Inspector General of Police blamed Sabah’s long coast line for possible smuggling of air guns used in the shooting, insinuating that the weapons were brought in from the Philippines.

“This amounts to a glaring admission that Sabah’s borders are still not sufficiently secured by ESSCOM ... more

Sabah IC melindungi hak keistimewaan orang Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, Januari 15, 2014: Pendedahan pendatang asing tanpa izin (PTI) yang mendapat Mykad dan seterusnya jadi pengundi di Sabah dilaporkan semasa pendengaran saksi saksi di hadapan Jawatankuasa Suruhanjaya DiRajah (RCI) mengenai masalah PTI di Sabah.

Pendedahan 60% murid orang asing yang bersekolah di sekolah rendah kerajaan di Putatan adalah manifestasi hak rakyat Sabah semakin diboloti oleh orang asing.

Rakyat Sabah semakin bimbang generasi anak watan sudah tidak menikmati erti kemerdekaan apabila negeri mereka hilang kuasa untuk mempertahankan hak dan kedaulatan negeri Sabah.

Pihak SAPP menuntut laporan RCI yang dikemukakan kepada kerajaan supaya dapat juga dilaporkan kepada orang awam agar kesahihan pemberian Mykad samada melalui Projek IC mahupun melalui sindiket dapat didedahkan secara terbuka ...more

Autonomy call now part of mainstream politics

KOTA KINABALU, January 3, 2014: The autonomy call has now become part of the mainstream politics in Sabah, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Thursday.

He said this development seems like a breakthrough as the trend "autonomy" ideals continue to surge in Sabah and Sarawak.

"Every political party and some nongovernmental organisations are forced to trumpet 'autonomy' as their platform.

"Any party that dreams of winning the hearts and minds of Sabahans now must at least promise autonomy to Sabah," he said.

As a result, Yong said no political parties dared to speak against the autonomy, including peninsula parties, at present despite SAPP all this while was championing this cause after it left Barisan Nasional in 2008. He said the situation now is a stark contrast of what it was, five years ago at a time when SAPP began to trump on autonomy ...more

505 SAPP members joining PKR in Liawan Not true

LIAWAN, December 18, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) N.34 Liawan CLC Assistant Secretary, Roslan Amat, clarified that Johari Tahir, who was a former member of the PPPS, headed by Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin. He joined SAPP by himself before becoming a SAPP candidate for Liawan during the 13th General Elections.

He said that according to the CLC N.34 Liawan office records none of the SAPP members from Liawan branches followed Johari to PKR. It means that the supposed '505-members that joined PKR are not SAPP members but actually former members of PPPS whom have never joined SAPP. Further it is also doubtful whether the "505 members" who joined PKR really exist as reported ...more

Donation for Monfort Youth Training Centre

KOTA KINABALU, December 15, 2013: Progressive Education Foundation (PEF) yesterday donated a sum of RM6,300 to the Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) and another RM2,000 to the Caring & Helping Individuals Learn and Develop (CHILD) association.

Incorporated in 1995, the foundation have been providing financial assistance to various training and educational institutions in the state, with funds entirely funded by donations from organisations and individuals who are committed to the building of an educated society.

To date, PEF had spent a total of RM1.6 million for the benefit of various institutions. It is the foundation's goal to promote and develop education in all aspects, said Chia ...more

Foundation donates to Seri Mengasih, Good Shepherd

KOTA KINABALU, December 7, 2013: The Progressive Education Foundation (PEF) yesterday presented cheques to Seri Mengasih and the Good Shepherd Rural Community Development at its chairman's office in Wisma Sabah.

Council member Melanie Chia, who was representing the chairman of the foundation's board of trustee and management council, Tan Sri Thomas Jayasuriya, said the amount presented to the Sekolah Seri Mengasih was RM5.200; whine the Good Shepherd Rural Community received RM5,000.

"Since the incorporation of PEF, the total sponsorship to Sekolah Seri Mengasih to date amounts to RM221.800," she said ...more

Yong wins appeal over "Double Six" Tragedy

KOTA KINABALU, November 19, 2013: The Court of Appeal set aside, Monday, the High Court's decision to order Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee to pay RM1 million to Tan Sri Harris Salleh for libel over the "Double Six" tragedy.

Justices Datuk Linton Albert, Dato' Anatham Kasinather and Dato' Seri Zakaria Sam in their unanimous decision, allowed the appeal by SAPP and Yong with costs of RM 150,000 after hearing submissions from both parties.

The court also ordered Harris to refund the amount paid within two weeks from Monday. Counsel Datuk Simon Shim, who represented Yong and the party, had earlier informed the court that the entire amount including the interest had already been paid by Yong to Harris.

Shim raised two points in the appeal, namely that the High Court judge got it wrong on the question of Yong failing to verily the truth of the making of the speech by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and that the judge was also completely wrong in ignoring all the evidence of goodwill by Yong towards Harris ...more

Stop blaming the long coast line and other excuses

By Yong Teck Lee

Top officials who have been turned red faced by the latest armed intrusion at Pom Pom island off Semporna that has killed one tourist and abducted another should stop blaming Sabah's long coast line.

Nobody blamed our long coast line when Petronas exploited our vast oil and gas resources at sea. No one worried about the long coast line when our fishery and marine resources are tapped to the full. With the exploitation of our marine and undersea natural resources, the government has a constitutional duty to protect the same maritime area, the islands and people from harm.

Neither the British nor the Malaya governments in 1963 said that they could not secure Sabah and its island because of the long coast line. On the contrary, security was the first and foremost reason used to convince Sabahans to help form Malaysia. Sabah's coast line is still the same as it was in 1963. The coast line has not grown longer. Now that Malaysia has been formed, the federal government cannot run away from its duty to protect our shores ...more

No more excuses, Defence and Home Ministers must resign for failure to secure Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, November 15, 2013: The Defence and Home Affairs ministers must resign to take responsibility for the government's dismal failure to secure Sabah, said ex-Chief Minister, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, in a terse comment made today in the aftermath of yet another murder cum kidnapping incident by sea borne gun men at Semporna today.

"This is no ordinary murder cum kidnap. This nothing less than another glaring armed intrusion committed within the much trumpeted ESSZONE under the Eastern Command which supposedly has seven battalions of security forces in its command. It is as though Malaysia has learned nothing from the many kidnappings, murders and piracies in the last few decades. It is as though the men in our security forces have died in vain in fighting the Lahad Datu Kg. Tanduo intrusion earlier this year," said Yong.

"No minister or official has ever been made responsible for those unceasing transnational crimes. As a result, high officials especially those at Putrajaya, carry on like nothing has happened ...more

A 'Second Chance in Life' for Vui Kong

KOTA KINABALU, November 14, 2013: Former Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui said she was very much relieved and happy that Yong Vui Kong's death sentence has turned to life imprisonment.

She said everybody including Vui Kong's brothers Yun Liong and Yun Chung were in tears of joy when they saw Vui Kong kneeled on the floor and bowed to the judge three times after the judgement. Others who were present included those Singapore volunteers who have campaigned for Vui Kong 'Save Vui Kong, Give second Chance in life'. They were very thankful to Vui Kong's lawyer, Mr M Ravi for his consistency and persistence to fight for Vui Kong without any legal charges.

Datuk Chua, who is also Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President, said she went to Singapore to give the family moral support as it was the final appeal after the law on mandatory death sentence on drugs trafficking was amended. She said this was the first drug case on mandatory death sentence to be lifted after the law was amended ...more

Sabah IC can guarantee Sabah's sovereignty

KOTA KINABALU, November 5, 2013: Only with the Sabah IC will Sabah's sovereignty and security in Malaysia be guaranteed, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth leader Edward Dagul, today.

"We want the rights and privileges of Sabahans to be guaranteed and protected as stipulated when Sabah helped form Malaysia," said Edward.

The Sabah IC will ensure that only genuine Malaysians in Sabah are entitled to the rights accorded citizens, like employment, and avoid the current mess when even illegal immigrants were employed as armed guards who literally turned their guns on their employers, said Edward, who was referring to the recent spate of violent crimes committed by holders of fake Mykads from Sabah in Kuala Lumpur.

With the Sabah IC, the government can also make sure that land applications, scholarships, trade licenses and entry to public services are properly allocated to those who qualify ...more and share

Fake "Sabahans" armed robbers in KL further vindicates need for Sabah IC

KOTA KINABALU, November 1, 2013: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today once again called for the introduction of Sabah ICs to true Sabahans and genuine Malaysians in Sabah to overcome the loss of credibility of the Malaysian MyKads.

"The shocking Ambank murder and the jewellery store robbery by armed security guards in Kuala Lumpur who hold Mykads with digit -12- supposedly from Sabah have once again put a spotlight on the dangerous crisis of illegals and other foreigners holding dubious documents roaming in the country", said SAPP President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Referring to the "Ardi Hamza" who shot dead a bank officer and boldly walked off with the loot from the bank vault, Yong said that there are hundreds, if not thousands or tens of thousands, of "Ardi Hamzas" around. Many of them have moved to Malaya, which is now facing a blowback of the consequences of their actions in Sabah ...more

Budget 2014 is bad news for business and consumers in Sabah

By Yong Teck Lee (26 October 2013)

Compounded by rising fuel prices and the sudden hike by 34 cents in sugar prices, the much dreaded GST will send prices of goods and services into another round of spiraling inflation. This will hurt the economy, weaken the Ringgit and dampen consumer demand.

The true reason that the government is imposing the GST at such a high rate of 6% and the rise in fuel and sugar prices is because the government is close to bankruptcy.

The government is turning businesses into "tax collection agents" for the government via the GST. In fact, the only commodity that is keeping the federal government afloat is the oil and gas of Sabah and Sarawak.

And yet the "good news" for Sabah is way below the expectations generated by PM Najib during his visit to Sabah last week. The budget for the Kimanis gas project, the Sipitang SAMUR (Ammonia Urea Project) and the Lahad Datu regasification project are all "recycled news". Even the Sandakan airport upgrading was first announced in 2010. There is no good news for Sabah in the budget. This is the price that Sabahans and other Malaysians pay for voting this BN government ...more & share

All Sabah DAP elected reps should quit

KOTA KINABALU, October 21, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee has called for all Democratic Action Party (DAP) elected representatives in Sabah to resign for having a 'frog' in the party.

"It is true that only after six months, Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu has left the party and now supporting Barisan Nasional (BN). He was the one who accused our party as BN agent but now he is a frog ...more

All Set for Public Debate

KOTA KINABALU, October 11, 2013: The stage is all set for the much anticipated debate between two former chief ministers, Datuk Yong Teck Lee and Tan Sri Harris Salleh, today.

Yesterday, Yong went to the Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) here yesterday to check the place for the debate.

Harris’ last minute change of date, time and place and change of organiser and moderator for the debate has not deterred Yong, who will be there since the debate is of public interest.

According to the club’s spokeman, Gary Tan, the management only charges RM10 per head which includes coffee or tea and sandwiches. There are 300 seats available to the public for the debate.

Tan confirmed to Yong that the club is not responsible for the RM50 collection imposed by Harris and had nothing to do with the club or management. Yong had argued that since the public debate is to raise awareness, it should not be used to raise funds by the organiser and should be free ...more

Change of date, time and venue for Harris-Yong Public Debate

KOTA KINABALU, October 9, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said in a statement that the last minute, unilateral change of date, time and place and change of organizer and moderator is like an ambush to kill off the debate even before it started.

The Debate originally scheduled to be held on 12 October 2013 at 7 pm at Hyatt Ballroom was abruptly changed by Harris to 11 October 2013 at 5:30 pm at the Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) published in the local newspapers today.

Yong, however, accepted the new date, time, place, organizer and moderator picked by Tan Sri Harris, in the interest of public awareness and Sabah's future.

"Since this public debate is "to raise awareness, not to raise funds," the attendance at the debate should be free of charge; no fee should be charged at all. Everybody is welcome to attend. Seats should be reserved for senior citizens and reporters from the media," said Yong  ...more and share

International Forum 2013 "Malaysia 50 years on"

KOTA KINABALU, October 5, 2013: International Forum 2013 entitled "Malaysia 50 years on - Expectation vs Reality" organised by Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) was held on 5 October 2013 (Friday) from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm at 1Borneo Grand Ballroom in Kota Kinabalu.

This international forum invited speakers from Australia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak including residential speakers from Sabah.

Among one of the resident speakers was ex-Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, who is also president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and lawyer. He presented a paper on "Promise of Borneonisation of the federal public services in the Borneon states".

Other speakers included Andrew Mitchell, a professor at Melbourne Law School from Australia; Lim Heng Seng, a lawyer from Kuala Lumpur; Dr Kevin YL Tan, Adjunct Professor at both the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; Dr Dimbab Ngidang, a professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIMAS (Development Studies) from Sarawak; Murray Hunter, an associate professor at Universiti Malaysia Perlis from Australia; Dr Wong Chin Huat, a fellow and head of the Political and Social Analysis Section at Penang Institute from Penang ...more

Mufti should apologize for insensitive statement

KOTA KINABALU, October 1, 2013:  Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Exco Secretary, Stephan Gaimin, said the the statement made by the state mufti is questionable.

"He has created a feeling of disharmony among the natives in Sabah," he added.

Stephan, who is also the party's supreme councillor, reminded that natives of Sabah are the original race in Sabah, despite their various ethnicity and religions.

"Race and religion should never be equated. This harmony amongst the various ethnic groups has existed for hundreds of years  ...more

Fed Govt should blame themselves for power problem

KOTA KINABALU, September 19, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the Federal Government should blame themselves and not environmentalists over Sabah’s perennial power problem.

SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul said Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid's statement that the Federal Government is relooking at the controversial coal-fired power plant project in Tawau has indicated that the Federal Government has failed to address power shortages in Sabah.

"Coal fired power plants are not acceptable to Sabahans. There are other more viable and acceptable alternatives like focusing on completing the interconnecting grid loop, as proposed by Omar Kadir, national Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Nature Society. In fact, if only Sabah was allowed to harness and utilise its own resources such as natural gas, there would be no power shortages here. The Federal Government should have built the gas pipe line from Kimanis to Sabah's East Coast instead of to Bintulu, Sarawak, he remarked ...more

Yong to Harris: "This time, don't back out"

KOTA KINABALU, September 18, 2013: Just as in August 1998 when I had accepted ex-CM Tan Sri Harris's challenge to a public debate on the Amanah Rakyat issue, today. I accept the open challenge from Harris to another debate.

Only that this time, I sincerely hope Harris will not repeat what he did in 1998 in backing out of the debate when he cited lack of Police permit and official files as his reasons for cancelling the much anticipated debate, much to the great disappointment of the people.

Fast forward to 2013. Harris, who did not explain why he as Ex-CM then did not refer the oil agreement to the Sabah Legislative Assembly sitting on 14th June 1976 before signing the agreement very soon after, now blames Sabah MPs for not raising the 20% oil loyalty in the Parliament.

I hereby accept Harris's open challenge to a public debate on the oil issue and other public-interest issues that he can raise. Harris may pick the organizer, moderator, place, date and time, preferably as soon as possible ...more and share

Yong: If true, I will shoot myself (revisited)

If it is true that I had caused RM300 million losses by SAS because of an alleged NBT/Warisan Harta share swap, then I will shoot myself. But if it is shown to be not me but other persons who were responsible for the SAS fiasco, then I only wish that the truths be known to all the people and justice be done

As correctly reported in Sunday's newspapers, the publication on my left was the Hansard (records of the Legislative Assembly sittings) with the Sabah State crest on its cover. The book on my right was the 1996 publication by Tan Sri Harris; no doubt the photo of Tan Sri Harris could be from his Chief Minister days. But the 1996 book was nevertheless, published in the name of Tan Sri Harris with his signature on it.

Therefore, with due respect, Tan Sri Harris is again mistaken in that he mistook "the logo in the middle of the book (Hansard)" as referring to his book. The "logo" was in fact the State crest adopted by the PBS State Government on 16 September 1988, which is still currently in use today ...more

Harris should have just admitted his mistake

KOTA KINABALU, September 16, 2013: Former Chief Minister of Sabah Tan Sri Harris Mohd Salleh should just admit his mistake when signing away Sabah’s oil rights in perpetuity, and not blame Sabah MPs, said SAPP President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

Yong who himself was a former Chief Minister of Sabah said this while commenting on the remark made by Harris during a public forum on the Formation of Malaysia – The Untold Story, organised by the Sabah Society here, recently.

It was reported that Harris had said that Sabah MPs should have voiced out against the 5% oil royalty before the agreement was signed 30 years ago.

“As a matter of fact, it was impossible for Sabah MPs to have voiced objection to the oil agreement because the matter was never tabled in Parliament before the oil agreement was signed,” Yong pointed out in a response issued here today ... more

In the matter of the Royal Commission on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah

Witness Statement by Yong Teck Lee (September 12, 2013)

Immigration is an emotive issue. Many countries are still caught in this quagmire. In the case of Sabah, we are compounded by racial and religious prejudices. Many Malaysians view the illegal immigrant issue through racial and religious lenses.

There is real, genuine agony, fear and frustration among local Sabahans, especially KDM natives, who feel that their Sabah homeland is being taken over by immigrants with the connivance of the (Malay) federal government.

Increasingly, murmurs of SSKM are heard. The sense of loss and marginalisation among young Sabahans, loss of land, economic deprivation, failure in education, exclusion from the civil service and fearful of loss of cultural identity fuel this SSKM feeling. If there is no solution to the illegals issue, then SSKM (Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia) might gain momentum and pose a serious threat to Malaysia. The federal government must be made to realise this ....more and share

Protect our beach and central market

KOTA KINABALU, September 10, 2013: Some 30 members of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) gathered at the Kota Kinabalu Central Market to voice their protest against the re-zoning of public place into commercial purposes.

They later gathered at the Tanjung Aru first beach next to the Prince Philip Park (pic at left) carrying the same message on Sunday afternoon.

SAPP Secretary General Datuk Richard Yong said: "The Government should not implement any development projects at the expense of public interest. The word development should never be the reason for any government to deprive the people's interest.

"Instead, the government should create more facilities and provide space for leisure and recreation, free of financial burden to the general public ... more

MAS-Air Asia monopoly, Sabah State government has duty to save the tourism industry (revisited)

The cancellation of MAS direct flights from Japan, Korea and Australia is the latest manifestation of the "KL-centric" decision-making process in our nation today.

"Everything must refer to KL. Now even tourists coming to Sabah must fly an extra five hours via Kuala Lumpur instead of coming direct to Sabah. This is a most disgusting and damaging consequence of the subservience of Sabah to KL. This must change and the Sabah State Government, which labels itself as the fixed deposit of the ruling BN, has failed in its duty to protect and promote the Sabah tourism industry".

The cancellation of flights aggravates the sufferings of Sabah from other KL-centric man-made policies like the cabotage shipping policy, over centralisation of the banking sector in KL, the motor industry and trade.

Soon, travellers going east to Japan or Korea would have to fly to KL, transit and then fly westwards. After at least one hour of transit in KLIA and five hours of flying, the same passenger would be back to square one flying over Sabah on the way to Japan or Korea. MAS might as well tell the tourists to skip Sabah altogether ...more

Celebrating the 50th year of Sabah's Independence

KOTA KINABALU, August 31, 2013: Sabah Youth Solidarity Movement (Persatuan Pergerakaan Solidariti Belia Sabah) led by its chairman, Stephan Gaimin taking a group photo with the Sabah flag driving a message reminding the people that Sabah gained its political autonomy and independence in 1963.

Celebrating the 56th year of Independence Day (Merdeka) on August 31 sends the wrong message to the people that Malaysia gained its independence on this date in the year of 1957 which was in fact only apply to Malaya solely.

Sabah and Sarawak gained their respective independence in August 31, 1963 and July 22, 1963 respectively.

Malaysia only got its independence on September 16, 1963 when the countries of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak agreed to form Malaysia under the auspices of the United Kingdom ...share

Jubilee Celebration - 50 years of Sabah's Independence

KOTA KINABALU, August 28, 2013: Sabah Youth Solidarity Movement (Persatuan Pergerakaan Solidariti Belia Sabah) took the initiative to organize celebration of Sabah's 50th year of independence.

According to its chairman, Stephan Gaimin, the Youth NGO (SBS) is not only commemorating the day of independence on 31st August 1963, but also to remind the people especially the youngsters that Sabah gained its independence for 16 days and forming Malaysia together with Malaya, Sarawak, Singapore on 16th September 1963.

He said that awareness is not enough, SBS would like to call on the youth to keep on the tradition of preserving their patriotism for Sabah and reminding them of Sabah's special position as one of the three partners in Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya).

"We are concerned that the history of Sabah's independence will be forgotten," he stressed ...more

Sarawak recalls loss of country's sovereignty

The planned Borneo Heritage Foundation's activities to commemorate Sarawak independence day on 22 July 2013 is a welcome step forward in the long march for Sarawak independence.

The question is: Was this real independence or was it only a brief illusion?

Sarawak was an independent kingdom ruled by the English Brooke family from 1841 to 1941. Its statehood and identity as a sovereign country was first recognised by the USA in 1850 and then Britain in 1863, long before Malaya's independence in 1957.

Over 100 years Sarawak evolved into a unique fusion of a western style monarchy with an eastern flavour.

The rulers were however not seen as despotic but as benevolent custodians of this once pluralist Christian majority country ...more

Fund-raising and Mid-Autumn Nite

KOTA KINABALU, July 21, 2013: The West Coast Sabah School Bus Association will be holding a fund-raising event on September 14, 2013 at Foo Chow Association Hall, Luyang in conjunction with its 27th anniversary and Mid-Autumn celebration party.

A courtesy call to Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) was led by its organising chairman, Wong Jifu, who was accompanied by the association's committee members, at the party's headquarters in Taman Antarabangsa, Likas, to invite Yong, to their ribbon cutting ceremony.

The association invited SAPP deputy president Datuk Liew Teck Chan, Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong, Women Chief Mdm Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Vice president Don Chin Hon Kiong and Information Chief Chong Pit Fah, who are also permanent advisors of the association.

It's chairman, Wong, also thanked SAPP for their unwavering support over the years to the association.

The celebration is expected for 800 people with exciting entertainment for the whole night. Tickets are available and person to contact is Mr Liang (0198503505) ...more


The cover-up regarding the formation of "Federation of Malaysia" in history textbooks

The formation of the Federation of Malaysia was presented in the Tingkatan 3 history textbook under chapter 7 from pages 199 to 219 (21 pages). Out of these 21 pages, one page was dedicated to Sabah (page 208) and another page to Sarawak (page 209). It is also covered under Chapter 6 of Tingkatan 5 textbook where 5 pages were dedicated specifically on Sabah and Sarawak out of 24 pages.

According to the textbook, apart from being instrumental to the independence of the Federation of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman was also credited for the idea and subsequent independence of Sabah and Sarawak (as well as Singapore). This idea, the book suggested, were welcomed by the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak.

By agreeing to the federation, it allowed Sabah and Sarawak to gain independence quicker, help to create racial balance between bumiputra and non-bumiputra community in the federation, better socio economic development as well as for security and stability of the states. Also, the impending prospect of being part of the Federation of Malaysia acted as a catalyst for formation of new political parties in Sabah and Sarawak ...more

Yong to officiate GBBM AGM

KOTA KINABALU, June 27, 2013: GBBM Sabah's (Pertubuhan Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia) led by its Sabah chairman, Chin Vui Kai, made a courtesy call on Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee yesterday at the party's headquarters and operation centre situated at 1115, Lorong Kelengkeng 1,Taman Antarabangsa, Likas Park, Jalan Tuaran, 88300 Kota Kinabalu to invite Yong to be the guest-of-honour to officiate this forthcoming Sabah GBBM's Annual General Meeting to be held in June 30, 2013.

Datuk Yong is presently one of GBBM's advisors ...share

Putrajaya can keep the illegals in its own backyard

KOTA KINABALU: If Putrajaya adamantly refuses to act against immigrants illegally granted citizenship in Sabah, it can keep them in peninsular Malaysia where the federal government is based, says SAPP president Yong Teck Lee.

Testifying at the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah, Yong (right) said this could be done with a Sabah identity card (IC) to identify genuine Sabahans.

"If the federal government insists the illegal immigrants are citizens, so be it. They can stay in the peninsula and be subjected to the laws there.

"If you want to come in to Sabah, you must prove that you are Sabahan (with a Sabah IC)," Yong said ...more

Sabah RCI: Govt sent wrong message to people

KOTA KINABALU, June 21, 2013: Former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee warned that if there is no solution to the illegal immigrants issue, local Sabahans, especially the Kadazandusun-Murut (KDM), who feel that their homeland is being taken over by immigrants with the connivance of the Federal Government are fuelling the SSKM (Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia) sentiment.

He told the inquiry that during a police operation in 1995 and 1996 to flush out the illegal immigrants in Sabah, under the Chief Ministership of Datuk Salleh Tun Said, many leaders and operatives of the Identity Card (IC) syndicates such as Akjan Ali, Samsul Alang, Jabar Khan and others were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

From 1996 to 1997, the Regularisation Programme under the National Security Council with the coordination of the Federal Special Task Force (FSTF) was launched, he said.

According to the FSTF in August 1997, the exercise has registered a total of 553,860 foreigners of which 226,565 are foreign workers, 187,267 (dependents) and 140,028 (deported) which is consistent with the earlier estimation of about 600,000 non-citizens in Sabah ...more

Yong: Sabah must issue own IC

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans must be allowed to issue their own identity cards to stop foreigners from obtaining citizenship, suggested Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Yong explained that the Federal government did not seem serious in dealing with the problem of Filipinos and Indonesians obtaining Malaysian citizenship, and Sabah has to take its own initiative in combating this problem.

"If the government does not want to tackle this problem, we have to do it, using our own mechanism," the Malaysian Insider quoted Yong as telling the RCI panel at the High court in Kota Kinabalu today.

He said this idea was proposed even before the setting up of the RCI as Sabahans had lost hope in the Federal government in solving this problem.

Yong also testified that if Putrajaya adamantly refuses to act against immigrants illegally granted citizenship in Sabah, it can keep them in peninsular Malaysia, where the federal government is based ...more

We are always with the people

KOTA KINABALU, June 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee reminded that even though SAPP lost in the last election, the party has maintained its principles of honesty and the right political culture.

"The party never engages in spreading lies, which is not the party's culture, unlike others."

He was speaking during the Parents' Day celebration held at Grand Port View Seafood Restaurant Saturday night, the first official event organised by the party since after the 13th General Election.

"Those who lied are not us, commit corruption are not us," he said.

"What we do today can come back to us one day and vice-versa what may seem bad today, may end up good tomorrow," he added, after quoting a story of a man and father in basket and another one on a handicapped son ...,more

Parents' Day (Malam Bersyukur)

KOTA KINABALU, June 15, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Wanita KK and Penampang Zone is organizing the annual Parents' Day Dinner and Celebration at Grand Port View Seafood Restaurant, Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu tonight (Saturday) from 6:30 pm.

Its organising chairperson, Priscilla Chong said the annual event in its 19th year will be celebrated to mark the importance of family harmony, respect, honouring our elders and showing filial piety to our parents who remind us of the sacrifices they have made for us.

The event will be graced by guest of honour Datuk Yong Teck Lee, its president and attended by party leaders, members, families and friends.(Picture above was taken last year as reference) ...share

In remembrance of Double Six Tragedy

SEMBULAN, June 6, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) members and supporters led by its President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee held the REMEMBRANCE gathering at the Double Six Memorial Monument at Sembulan Baru this morning in conjunction with the 37 years anniversary of the plane crash tragedy which claimed the lives of State leaders including the then Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens.

The wreath was presented by Datuk Yong, Amde Sidik and party advisor Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor at the occasion while a prayer (Doa) was read by an Imam.

Among the 70 party members and supporters were Party Advisor Datuk Hj. Mohammad Noor Bin Mohammad Mansoor, Deputy Presidents Haji Amde Sidik and ...more

K'gau SAPP leaders lodge report on RM80m claim

KENINGAU, May 27, 2013: Three SAPP leaders here led by Liawan Deputy Chairman Joseph Wilfred @ Lakai lodged a report to deny allegations that SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee received RM80 million from the Chief Minister and other BN leaders

According to Joseph, the report was to refute allegations made against Yong who was accused of receiving RM80 million from the Chief Minister during the 13th General Election.

He said the allegations were posted on Facebook and spread by DAP, particularly Hiew King Cheu.

"The report was made to urge police to investigate the false information and lies, to investigate Hiew and other DAP members on their accusations as well as to investigate Umno Barisan Nasional President to find out the truth behind the accusations by DAP leaders," he said.

He said dirty polities such as this has to stop because it gives a bad impact to the people ...more

Police report on RM80 million slander

KOTA KINABALU, May 23, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party President Datuk Yong Teck Lee has lodged a report of criminal defamation against individuals and those in the social media about him and the party being supposedly paid RM80 million by the Prime Minister and Chief Minister.

He said the criminal slander was still being spread about him and SAPP.

"Yesterday, I heard from my colleague Datu Shuaib Mutalib that his family's colleagues in offices are still talking about this RM80 juta fitnah. During the general elections, I heard from our colleagues in Kudat (Peter Tsen) and Beaufort (Thomas Chong) the same lie that is spread against SAPP.

The common talk was that I took a taxi to the house of (CM Datuk Seri) Musa Aman to collect the RM80 million cash!" he said in a statement ...more

'Zahid, name the 3 traitors now'

KOTA KINABALU, May 19,2013: "Instead of making even more irresponsible statements like asking Malaysians to leave the country if they do not like Malaysia's political system, the new Home Affairs Minister, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, should without any further delay fulfil his promise to disclose the names of the three opposition leaders, one of whom is in Sabah, whom Zahid had alleged to have been involved in the Philippine Sulu incursion at Lahad Datu" said Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a statement today.

"This is only fair to all Malaysians and to anybody who has been casted in a negative light by the damaging "disclosures" of the defence minister in the midst of an election campaign," he added.

Datuk Zahid, who was the Defence Minister in the last cabinet before the May 5 elections, had on April 27 said that the defence ministry had identified the culprits behind the armed intrusion by Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu saying that two of the three suspects are from the opposition parties based in the Peninsula while the other one is in Sabah.
Zahid has said that actions would be taken against the three opposition leaders after the general elections ...more

GST, the people's nightmare

KOTA KINABALU, May 19,2013: The 7% GST will only serve to push even more people to withdraw their support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

"Bearing in mind that this BN government only got 47% of the popular vote, such new taxes, which were omitted in the BN manifesto in the general elections earlier this month, would push even more people to withdraw their support and co-operation with this government," said its Vice President Chin Hong Kiong (photo).

He was also convinced that the implementation of GST is bound to burden the people across the board, the ordinary folks in particular.

"Current Sales Taxes, upped from 5% to 6% last year, are already punishing businesses. Sales taxes and GST essentially turn the businesses into tax collectors for the government. Being an expenditure tax, GST jacks up the prices of goods and services. First to be hurt are the ordinary people followed by a downturn in business turnover which in turn dampens an already weak economic environment," reasoned Chin who has been in the private sector for 30 years ...more

Beware the power of lies

KOTA KINABALU, May 16, 2013: "The notorious lie that Yong Teck Lee was paid RM80 million by UMNO was professionally invented by psychological warfare experts who precisely calculated the amount, the timing and methods to turn a lie into a believable rumour among an urban population whose mindset was already anti-BN," said Yong Teck Lee who lost in the recently concluded elections.

"These "war room experts" had access to telephone numbers of voters and also made use of the rumour mill among the many loan sharks operatives on the ground. It is no coincidence that Likas and Luyang voters got text messages on their mobile phones from BN's Likas and Luyang candidates respectively. I also worry that telephone companies have breach their subscribers' personal data," insisted Yong. "Initial information points towards an UMNO-DAP collaboration in spreading this RM80 million lie," said Yong.

He said that the import of this lethal combination of psy war experts and loan sharks is something new that should be of concern to all Sabahans who live a decent life. "This is the type of gangster tactics which tried to shut down a car wash operator to make way for DAP ceramah at Foh Sang" ...more

KK Youth police report lodged on RM80 mil lie

KOTA KINABALU, May 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Kota Kinabalu Zone has lodged a police report on 14th May 2013 following its SAPP Kudat youth's step on the RM80 million allegations that went viral to the public before and during the 13th General Election.

A similar police report made in year 2011 under Report No: KOTA KINABALU/002781/11 regarding another politician who made a RM50 million allegation through his facebook was never taken seriously by the police to ensure that the culprit be brought to book. However, nothing happened until today.

SAPP Youth believes that if the police reports were viewed seriously and action taken when it was firstly reported, would have deterred these rumor mongering and lies by these unscrupulous and unethical politicians today.

In its 2nd police report made by SAPP Youth Kota Kinabalu Zone, calling the police to take immediate action to bring to book these culprits who maliciously, viciously made slanders and lies through rumour mongering, whispering campaign in coffee shops, saloons, SMS and facebook pages pertaining to the RM80 million and RM5 million allegations which discredited Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee, former Luyang assemblywoman, Melanie Chia Chui Ket and SAPP in general ...more

Melanie lodges police report over RM80 mil allegation

KOTA KINABALU, May 15, 2013: Former Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia Chui Ket has lodged a police report over what she called "slanderous tactics" employed by political opponents of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) before and during the recent 13th General Election.
She made the report at 9.37am at the Karamunsing Police Station, here, Tuesday.

Chia, who contested on a SAPP ticket but lost in the election, urged the police to investigate the malicious and spiteful allegation that SAPP President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee was bought off by Barisan Nasional (BN) with RM80 million to help BN win in the election.

"The allegation also stated that I was given RM5 million and was the only one in the party who had benefited. The money was allegedly given for SAPP to split the votes to ensure BN's victory ...more

Unfair for Sipaun to blame Star and SAPP

KOTA KINABALU, May 12, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said it is unfair to blame Star and his party for not adopting the one-on-one approach promoted by Desah under Tan Sri Simon Simon.

Instead, he said Sipaun lost sight of the "massive bribery and money politics, the not-so-indelible ink, the still tainted electoral rolls, the postal votes, the vicious lies (by both Umno and DAP), the crumbling PKR machinery due to intense sense by betrayal by their KL Leaders and the extreme lack of resources by local parties like SAPP and Star which had to fight this very tough battle on their own.

"SAPP was wiped out, as predicted by Sipaun, but SAPP retains our honour, our pride and our dignity as Sabahans who refused to be a kerbau dicucuk hidung. Sabahans with honour will fight another day.

SAPP's struggle is not a personal agenda for a few leaders to become YBs but a struggle on Sabah issues ...more

Police report against RM80 million lie

KUDAT, May 9, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Tanjung Kapor Youth led by Chong Vui Fong, has lodged a police report at the Kudat District Police Station to urge the police to investigate the shocking allegation that SAPP president was bought off by Barisan Nasional (BN) with RM80 million to help BN win in the 13th General Election.

The rumour mongering spread widely in Sabah especially in the urban areas has discredited SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and the party and was made the main topic among the general public of whom many believed it to be true.

This malicious and vicious lie spread by irresponsible rival politicians is one of the main factors affecting SAPP's credibility and contributed to its dismal performance in the recent polls.

Even after the dust has settled, the rumours have not stopped, said party members ...more

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

Issues affecting Sabah on..

Illegals & IC issues
Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
Sabah Gas pipeline
3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Malaysia and Development in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Twenty points safeguard
20 Perkara
SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration
Schedule 9 (Legislative Lists) of the Federal Constitution
Malaysia Agreement of 9 July 1963
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs, says SLA
SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006
Ex-Sabah minister: Review 20-point agreement
First City in the World Without General Hospital
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...

SAPP bid to discuss Sabah claim rejected
Take action against anti-Malaysia elements
Call for Philippines Consulate in Sabah
Get the RM1 billion and solve the QEH debacle
SAPP's objection of coal-fired plants in Sabah
SAPP: Explain the RM 601 loan to KL company
The missing billion ringgit "special grant"
SAPP on SEDIA Bill 2009
SAPP supports the call for the abolishment of Cabotage Policy
Probe illegals having Mykad also
Political Autonomy for Sabah
Sabah Schools still awaiting share of RM30 million
Special fund: Eric wants ACA probe
Oil royalty: SAPP not giving up
Scrap Bernas monopoly on rice
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Campaign worker dies after being knocked down by car

KOTA KINABALU, May 7, 2013: A 21-year-old man, a campaigner for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), who was knocked down by a Mitsubishi Mirage car along Jalan Kolombong, near City Mall shopping complex, here on Sunday night has died at the hospital.

Ignatius Ijohnis, succumbed to severe head injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the 11.50pm incident.

It was believed that the victim was taking down party flags placed along Jalan Kolombong after the end of the 13th general election on May 5.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Mirage car, in his 20s, was reportedly heading to Kolombong from Kinarut when he lost control of the vehicle just as the victim was crossing the road.

As a result the driver knocked into the victim and the resulting impact threw the victim a couple of metres away and badly damaged the windscreen of the car ...more

RM80 million talk all rubbish

SIPITANG, May 4, 2013: In Sipitang, which is believed to be a Barisan Nasional stronghold, the mood for change is as prevalent as it is in the rest of the state.

There Amde Sidik, the slight, studious looking but tireless SAPP candidate for the Sindumin state seat is on the road with Kamis Daming, the party's parliamentary candidate for Sipitang.

They have been traversing this large and logistically difficult constituency to get their message of change across.

Though his local opposition party SAPP ¨C standing on a platform of Sabah for Sabahans ¨C has been bombarded by negative comments and allegations of having received RM80 million from the ruling coalition to ˇ®split' the opposition vote, both Amde and Kamis are also quietly confident that an upset is in the making in Sabah.

Amde himself brushed aside the allegation of RM80 million having been paid to SAPP as "rubbish".

"Look at me. I just have RM80 in my pocket," he says taking out his wallet. "You think if we had RM80 million Kamis and I would be campaigning like this on our own? ...more

SAPP's truths against DAP's lies

KOTA KINABALU, May 4, 2013: SAPP will fight and win on the truth because the people want to have a clean and honest government.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Yong Teck Lee did a surprise show-up at the DAP Ceramah, stunning his rivals at Foh Sang in Luyang.

The DAP held ceramah was just 50 metres from SAPP's Kopitiam Ceramah had been bad-mouthing Yong the whole night prompting Yong who did what any gentleman would do and meet them, face to face.

Yong said he wanted to give his side of the story, after his invitation for a public debate was turned down by DAP...more

DAP leaders resorted to lies to mislead people

KOTA KINABALU, May 4, 2013: SAPP election campaign director Datuk Philip Yong has urged DAP leaders not to resort to lies to mislead the people.

He said due to persistent lies by DAP leaders, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president and him attended the ceramah organized by DAP at Foh Sang, Luyang ,in front of SAPP headquarters, on Wednesday night to clear some of the false allegations hurled at the president, in particular the lie about Project IC.

Earlier, PKR leader Dr Chong Eng Leong during his speech at the ceramah, had insinuated that Datuk Yong Teck Lee was involved in Project IC.

Yong explained that their presence there was to ask Dr. Chong to repeat what he had allegedly said about Yong's involvement in Project IC and phantom voters, adding that an open discussion there would have cleared the air over the allegations against him by DAP, but the organizers, including DAP election director Fred Fung, did not allow the discussion to take place because Dr Hiew of DAP was afraid of the truth ...more

Yong denied chance to counter DAP's lies at Ceramah

KOTA KINABALU, May 3, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee surprised his Democratic Action Party (DAP) rivals when he showed up at their ceramah (talk) which was held just 50 metres from SAPP's Kopitiam talk at Foh Sang, Luyang on Wednesday night.

The DAP leaders had been bad-mouthing Yong the whole night, prompting him who what any gentleman would do by meeting them face to face.

Yong said he wanted to give his side of the story, after his invitation for a public debate was turned down by DAP ...more

SAPP Candidates walkabout campaign in Sandakan

SANDAKAN, May 2, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Candidates for N.43 Sekong: Awang @ Abdul Nasib bin Othman, N.44 Karamunting: Yong Vui Min,N.45 Elopura: Liau Fook Kong and
N.46 Tg.Papat: Yong Chie Man @ Yu Chie Man making their rounds in Sandakan ...more

Young KDM voters backing SAPP

PENAMPANG, May 2, 2013: Young voters are now throwing their support for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), the biggest local based opposition party in Sabah.

It is obvious when the young Sabahans joining SAPP in droves.

The latest is a group of young Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) voters who believe that only a Sabah-based political party could bring about prosperity to the people and the State. (Pic - Samson handing over membership application forms to Chong Pit Fah)

"Me and many of my friends have weighed the pros and cons between Sabah-based political party and Malaya-based political party for the past few months. And we have found out that only a Sabah-based political party could serve Sabah better," said Samson Aaron Malinggang when he submitted dozens of membership application forms to SAPP candidate for N.19 Kapayan State constituency, Chong Pit Fah, at Kampung Kobusak ...more

Eric,people's champion and momogun stalwart

INTRODUCTION - Eric Majimbun hails from Kg. Kionsom, Inanam. A former Native Chief until he handed over his title to his younger brother to run for political office is also an expert on Native Customs and Native Courts. A Momogun stalwart, he has since 1994 defended the interest of the Momogun people. Ever since PBS left the Momogun struggle to join the BN "tow the line" train, Majimbun persistently and tirelessly hammers the need for justice and equality for the Momogun people. If not because of Majimbun's relentless effort to call for the RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry), it is doubtful if the UMNO/BN would have even considered the prospect.

Eric is a two time Member of Parliament for Sepanggar since 2004 to this day. This time around, however, he decided to forego his Parliament quest to instead concentrate directly on the affairs of the state. He is today running for the state seat of N13 Inanam. He felt its time he addresses and immerse himself solely in the affairs of Sabah government. He realized that his experienced as an MP has prepared himself to become a truly effective state administrator. If SAPP forms the government, Majimbun felt he will be an effective administrator to guarantee the interest and well being of Sabahans are well promoted and protected ...more

Name the 3 opposition leaders!

Yong Teck Lee (April 30, 2103)

Ever since the irresponsible "startling disclosure" by the defence minister that 3 opposition leaders were involved in the Philippine Sulu incursion last February, several enquiries have been directed at me by people who wonder if the "one Sabah opposition leader" were me.

As a matter of fact, I have been speaking on this subject of the Philippine Sulu incursion at KK, Tawau and Sandakan. I displayed Philippine territorial maps in which Sabah is visible. The maps, bought in the Philippine book shops years ago, are a constant reminder to Filipinos about the place called Sabah/North Borneo. It is relevant that the maps do not label Sabah (Malaysia) but merely Sabah (North Borneo). The maps keep open the issue of the Sabah claim in the mindset of Filipinos ...more

Petronas unfair to locals in Sipitang

SIPITANG, April 28, 2013: People in Sipitang don't expect miracles but something to benefit them for both in short and long term when referring to 4.6 Billion of PETRONAS SAMUR project officiated by the Prime Minister in Kg. Banting, Sipitang last year, says Amde Sidik.

"Employment being the most important thing which should be available for them, apart from specific jobs which require expertise, understandably for skilled personnel but the sad part is menial jobs for workers, labourers are given priority to foreigners instead of for the locals.

"We would ask PETRONAS to contribute something to Sipitang people as part of its social responsibility," Haji Amde Sidik said ...more

Zahid, don't play politics with security matters

KOTA KINABALU, April 28, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee, in a brief statement said it is irresponsible on the part of the Defence Minister who is trying to play politics with security matters.

He said, the minister is neither here nor there in making the allegations of the three opposition leaders involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion.

The government should take immediate action as it involves national security ...more

20 years Sipitang under Umno, can't even connect 2.5 km piped water

SIPITANG, April 27, 2013: It's incredible only 2.5km from the main tank-water reservoir situated in Sindumin town yet no piped water connected to nearby kampongs such Sri Menanti and Kawang to provide tape water. The latest time they ¨CUMNO administrators promised to connect water pipe to their homes was five years ago until today to no avail.

Haji Amde Sidik is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President and its N28 Sindumin state seat candidate said if they couldn't do it in the last twenty years what make them do in this coming ten days.

He was speaking in Kg Mendulong about 40 km from Sipitang town via gravel road last night. SAPP candidate for P178 Sipitang, Kamis Daming and the rest SAPP crew was with him.

"I don't s see any good reason why must the Lundayeh community stay put voting for UMNO when even Malays in Malaya rejecting UMNO, it's a shame," ...more

Majimbun warns of legal action against those spreading lies

INANAM, April 26, 2013: SAPP Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun, the former Sepanggar MP who is contesting the Inanam state seat in this election, warned his opponents and those of other opposition parties to stop using the dirty campaign tactic of "character assassination" on him or face legal action.

Telling reporters this when met at the party's "Ini Kalilah Bangun Untuk Sabah" campaign talk held at the township here on Tuesday night, he said he has also mobilised the party's "eyes and ears" at the ground to catch those still doing so.

He said he had been informed that campaigners from an opposition party are spreading lies alleging, among others, that he (Eric) and his party were sponsored by Barisan Nasional (BN) to split the opposition votes ...more

Sabah autonomy is an issue

The fact that the caretaker Prime Minister was forced to address the validity of the 20-point issue means that BN and Umno are on the defensive.

KOTA KINABALU,April 26, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee has refuted caretaker Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's claim that Sabah's autonomy is a "non issue".

"When the PM is forced to talk about Sabah autonomy in his last campaign stop in Sabah, it means that indeed it has become the hottest and main issue in this general election.

"It is deceptive for the PM to say that autonomy is a "non-issue"," Yong, a former Sabah chief minister said yesterday ...more

Fixed deposit: Najib insulting people of Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, April, 25, 2013: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak once again insulted the people in this state by reiterating Sabah as a fixed deposit, described by Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee as insensitive to the feelings of the people in Sabah who mostly do not believe such tag.

"Najib is insensitive and the statement is an insult to the people of Sabah," said the SAPP President when commenting on the PM's statement who stated that the state will remain a fixed deposit for the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Sabah remains a fixed deposit to the BN and the 13 component parties unanimously supported it including the people in the interior.

Najib who campaigned in Tenom recently also rejected the notion that the fixed deposit tag is getting weak ...more

Release the forensic findings on the Double 6 Tragedy

KOTA KINABALU, April 25, 2013: Sabahans should know about the three incidents that hit hard the state and that have changed forever the history of Sabah. The three incidents are the formation of Malaysia in 1963, the plane crash tragedy famously known as Double 6 Tragedy in 1976 and the entry into Sabah, Malayan's main political party, Umno in 1990.

All this has an impact on the people of Sabah and get serious attention from the SAPP, who promises that if get the mandate from the people, these issues will be dealt with effectively in order to restore the dignity and self-esteem of Sabahans.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said, if given mandate, the new state government will request the Australian government to release the forensic findings on the Double 6 Tragedy which the Aussie government refuses to do so until today, as per request from the Malaysian government ...more

"I will not betray the people of Sabah"

KOTA KINABALU, April 24, 2013: "I will not betray the trust of the people of Sabah no matter what happens," said the president of the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a campaign speech in Luyang, yesterday.

He reiterated his stand that he and his party will not return to BN regardless of the election results. This, he said, because he did not want to betray the trust and support given by the people to him.

Accordingly, Yong, a former Sabah Chief Minister urged the people to examine and analyze the facts alleged by political opponents who accuse him of some seemingly sabotaged belief by taking of the alleged money  ...more

BN Manifesto a political gimmick and superficial

TAWAU, April 24, 2013: SAPP criticized the BN manifesto as a political gimmick to "woo" the people of Sabah. It is superficial , lack of sincerity and political will to resolve the imminent problems and issues that the people of Sabah have been facing. It is another "empty promise" to mislead the people of Sabah. The long over due unresolved issues and problems faced by the people, which BN promised to look into were not included in the BN manifesto. This included the high prices of goods in Sabah, illegal immigrants, Natives customary Rights on land, the security and saftety problems and sovereignity rights of the people.

Datuk Chua Soon Bui who is the candidate for Tawau Parliament said it is another "Empty Cheque" and "Empty promise" to cheat the people in Sabah ...more

Yong's fight expected a tough and intense one

KOTA KINABALU, April 22, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has expected his fight for the Likas state seat to be a very tough and intense one.

He said this is not so much because he is facing a four-cornered fight with candidates from Barisan Nasional (BN), DAP and STAR.

But the real challenge is coming from what he termed as "very powerful interest groups that is determined to make sure he loses.

"So we are expecting intimidation, bribery, lies etc to surface in the coming days, to make sure I do not win at Likas," he said.

He said this while speaking at the SAPP 'Kopitiam Ceramah' held at the Foh Sang shops, in Luyang, here, on Sunday night ...more

Where did the RM40 million came from?

KOTA KINABALU, April 22, 2013: SAPP president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has vowed to pursue the case of RM40 million 'political contribution' by Sabah UMNO to UMNO central, if he is elected in this coming 13th General Election.

"Two questions that arise are, what's the source of the money, and whether the donor (s) had paid the tax, otherwise it would be a major issue," he said.

He then explained that it is important for UMNO to reveal the source of the money, so as to determine whether it is legitimate, or corruption money ...more

Opponents resorted to lies but dare not come to debate

KOTA KINABALU, April 22, 2013: Any candidate who dare not to engage his or her opponent in a public debate on pressing issues affecting the nation and State, has no moral legitimacy to become a people's representative, said SAPP president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

"Calun calun BN dan DAP tidak berani menghadapi cabaran-cabaran dan soalan-soalan tentang isu-isu yang menyusahkan rakyat. Kalau bukan masa pilihanraya, bila lagi? (BN and DAP candidates dare not to face the challenges and questions on issues that affect the people. If not during this election time, when then?)" he asked ...more

Walkabout & Campaign at Gaya Street

KOTA KINABALU, April 21, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) candidates in Kota Kinabalu urban area today visited the popular Sunday Gaya Street to bring their political message and campaign for the Sabah General Elections ...share pictures

Don't be dictated by Malayan parties

KOTA KINABALU, April 18, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has accused Pakatan Rakyat (PR) of sabotaging its chances of winning by fielding candidates in constituencies which SAPP is contesting, although PR has little or no influence in these constituencies.

In Sepanggar parliament constituency, DAP is fielding Jeffrey Kumin who faces SAPP vice president Don Chin Hon Kiong, and in Putatan DAP is fielding Joseph Lee Han Kyun who faces SAPP Treasurer-general Dullie Marie, while in Inanam state constituency, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is fielding its Secretary for Sabah Dr Roland Chia who will clash with SAPP former MP for Sepangar Datuk Eric Majimbun ...more

Challenge to public debate on Sabah issues, slanders by DAP and PBS

KOTA KINABALU, April 18, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has again challenged his two adversaries DAP Sabah chief Jimmy Wong and its Adviser Dr Hiew King Cheu, to a public debate on pressing issues that affect the state and the people.

Yong who is contesting the Likas state seat that was vacated by SAPP deputy president Datuk Liew Teck Chan, asserted that a public debate would be the most appropriate and a 'gentlemen' approach for all parties involve to prove their worth as a candidate and a future Elected Representative, instead of resorting to slandering their opponents behind their backs ...more

SAPP unveils candidates list

KOTA KINABALU, April 17, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee delivered an important message to the people that under the Constitution of Sabah, only a political party with a majority of seats in the Sabah Legislative Assembly shall form the Sabah Government. Unregistered parties and unregistered coalition of parties and NGOs are not qualified under the law to be elected as governments.

Fulfilling our struggle for autonomy, SAPP will contest a majority of State seats so that the Sabah government will be elected by the people of Sabah and answerable only to the people of Sabah.

SAPP believes that this BN regime can be toppled through the ballot box at both the State and Federal levels. Unlike Pakatan whose leaders have already conceded Sabah to the BN ...more

SAPP will never return to BN

KOTA KINABALU, April 17, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee on Tuesday emphasised that it is never an option for SAPP to return to Barisan Nasional because SAPP is committed to a Sabah that will never be subservient to Malaya control.

"Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat being Kuala Lumpur-centric do not understand this burning desire of Sabahan to be autonomous," he said, adding that SAPP has sworn to safeguard Sabah's interests and will not risk losing Sabah's support and trust.

During a Kopitiam Talk held in Foh Sang on Monday, Yong rebutted DAP's smear campaign to mislead and confuse the public that SAPP will return to Barisan Nasional once they win in the election. "This rumour clearly shows that DAP does not understand the principles of the Malaysia Agreement which guarantees our autonomy status," he said ...more

Why announce new KK-Ranau road only now

Japiril has lamented on the announcement that it's just a vote-fishing gimmick

KOTA KINABALU, April 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has questioned the real motive behind Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun's recent statement that the Public Works Department is in the process of studying and planning to construct another road linking Kota Kinabablu and Ranau.

"The state BN government has been neglecting this problem which has caused such inconveniences and losses to our local tourism operators in the past and now the BN suddenly is keen in solving it just before the May 5th election," he said in a statement issued here Monday ...more

Yong will lead SAPP team for negotiation

KOTA KINABALU, April 15, 2013: Pakatan should quickly name their representatives to discuss with SAPP on the seat sharing formula in the fast approaching general election, said SAPP President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee.

After the sudden re-opening of doors by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last Friday, SAPP has held back its final decision of candidates until Tuesday April 16th.

But SAPP needs to know who to talk to among Pakatan's 3 parties, 2 NGOs set up. Among the possible Pakatan representatives are PAS's Aminuddin, PKR's Ahmad Thamrin, DAP's Jimmy Wong Sze Phin and NGOs PPPS's Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin or APS's Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing  ...more

SAPP GKB all out to face general election

KOTA KINABALU, April 15, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Graduan Kem Belia (GKB) Kota Kinabalu together with the Kota Kinabalu Youth wing and Mudanita successfully conducted a program "Kerahan GKB & Sukarelawan" on 14th April 2013 at Grand Port View in helping the party's preparation to face the General Election.

SAPP Graduan Kem Belia was set up since 1996 and has attracted more young people from as early as 15 years old to be groomed to become the next generation of SAPP leaders. A few had successfully gone up their political ladder and some now are the party youth’s leaders and a supreme councillors ...more

Yong's challenge a response to DAP's flyers, speeches

KOTA KINABALU, April 15, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee's open challenge to DAP leaders Dr. Hiew King Cheu and Jimmy Wong Sze Phin, was a direct response to a flyer which dedicated one full page attacking SAPP and Datuk Yong, said SAPP Luyang Chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket.

Chia said that the flyer was distributed at DAP's copycat ceramah at Foh Sang next to SAPP's Kopitiam Political Talk.

"It is only proper that Yong chose the same location for a SAPP ¨C DAP debate.

"DAP leaders in Malaya are very fond of debates but none of the Sabah leaders including Jimmy Wong and Dr. Hiew dare to face the rakyat in any debate. Even the forum on Hudud Law last year saw DAP chickening out ...more

PAS KL leaders riding roughshod over DAP Sabah

TAWAU, April 15, 2013: DAP Sabah Chief Jimmy Wong Sze Phin should not be surprised by the disrespect shown by his KL leaders as proven by the announcement of PAS candidates in Tawau, said SAPP's Datuk Chua Soon Bui. "It is a double shame that Jimmy Wong was made to sit like a mouse among PAS's top guns and had to bear the insult of listening to PAS announcing that DAP has lost the Chinese mixed Merotai seat to PAS," said SAPP.

"Since the PAS Merotai and Tanjong Aru candidates are announced by none other than PAS President Dato' Seri Tuan Guru Hj. Abdul Hadi Awang, it means that the DAP leadership in KL has already given away these seats without the knowledge of Sabah DAP. This is because PAS, PKR, and DAP have been meeting in KL without the courtesy to inform their Sabah leaders," said Datuk Chua Soon Bui ...more

RM50 diesel refill limits shock motorist

KOTA KINABALU, April 14, 2013: Motorists shocked when petrol stations only allowed them to refill diesel worth not more than RM50 per one stop. SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said such new directive caused much unconveniences to motorists and also curiosity to the people especially when election is around the corner.

"Sabah is an oil producing state and such directive is seems to be very suspicious.

"We wonder where all of our oils have gone. Is it being sold out overseas to fund Barisan Nasional campaign for the 13th general election?"  ...more

Honour principle and let Sabah parties contest majority state seats

SAPP is a party which can be trusted and it will certainly fulfill its pledges contains in its Manifesto if SAPP is given a chance to form the next state government

KOTA KINABALU, April 13, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee in responding to Anwar's sudden, unexpected re-opening of the door to negotiations between PR and SAPP on seats, repeated to Pakatan Rakyat to please honour the principle that Pakatan parties contest more of the parliamentary seats and let Sabah parties contest a majority of Sabah state seats. "After the dissolution of Parliament April 3, SAPP already reiterated that we do not contest Sandakan MP seat and that SAPP shall retain our 2 incumbent state seats Tg. Papat and Elopura within the Sandakan parliamentary constituency. This would let DAP have an easy win at Sandakan (MP). Regrettably, even this perfect formula has been rejected by DAP which wants to contest the state seats as well ...more

New fire hydrant next to another fire hydrant!

KOTA KINABALU, April 13, 2013: A businessman of Kg Contoh, Putatan questioned the rationale of installing a new fire hydrant only about 30 meters from another existing hydrant (left).

Mr Chong was quite shocked to see a big hole dug out by workers of a contractor just in front of his warehouse. Upon asking the workers only to find out that the hole was meant for the installation of a new fire hydrant.  It is good to have fire hydrant but why put a new one when there is already an existing fire hydrant just nearby? ...more

Sabahans need to unite to reclaim Sabah's autonomy

KOTA KINABALU, April 12, 2013 - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) calls on all the voters in Sabah to come out and cast their votes on the 5th May as every vote is needed to oust this present corrupted BN state government so that their Buaya Culture will be completely stopped and eliminated.

Sabah Progressive Party President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee emphasized that it is not easy to overthrow this present powerful and corrupted state government, we need to unite everyone to achieve this difficult task so that we can reclaim Sabah's Autonomy and to safeguard our people's welfare and interests and especially to manage our natural resources to prevent more exploitation by future federal government ...more

Longest Nomination Period

KOTA KINABALU, April 10,2013: Sabah Progressive Party President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee has commented that this is the longest period for nomination ever since 1985, 2 weeks campaign period sufficient for 13th general election for SAPP.

He comment on this after the Election Commission has announce that the Nomination day of the 13th General Election will be on the 20th of April, and the Polling day will be on the 05th of May.

Yong says that 14 days is more than sufficient for every political party to carry out their campaigning and he also announces that SAPP is well prepared.

1985 Sabah Dewan Undangan Negeri dissolved on March 8, nomination on April 1and polling date on April 21 & 22.

He says, "We have no problem with the dates for the campaign period."

Election looms but hospital not ready

KOTA KINABALU, April 10, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is demanding the chaotic and depressing situation plaguing health care services in the state be addressed without further delays.

SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said health care services in Sabah have deteriorated to its lowest following the declaration that the towers of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 (QEH 1), was unsafe on 24 October 2008.

"It's almost five years but the health care services here have never been improved and the most saddened part was the delay in the completion of the new towers.

"The new towers were supposed to be completed by December 2012 but still not completed until today ...more

GE13: If Pakatan says can't win Sabah, why be spoiler

KOTA KINABALU, April 10, 2013: It is shocking that DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang's admitted (to the Sin Chew Daily) that Pakatan Rakyat cannot win in Sabah.

"So if you cannot win here in Sabah, why be a spoiler? SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah raised the question, adding Kit Siang had implied that PR would only manage to take over Perlis and Negeri Sembilan, recaptures Perak and retain Penang, Kelantan, Kedah and Selangor.

He said where is the logic of former DAP Kota Kinabalu MP, Hiew King Chew to accuse a local party of being a spoiler when SAPP meant to offer themselves to their own brethren in Sabah. Kit Siang and PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have in their own words that the Malaya-dominated federal government is on the verge of a bankruptcy ...more

SAPP Kadamaian lancar blog

KOTA BELUD, April 10, 2013: SAPP Kawasan Kadamaian telah melancarkan blog sebagai salah satu jentera parti itu bagi menghadapi pilihan raya umum yang akan diadakan tidak lama lagi.

Pelancaran itu dibuat oleh Ketua Penyelaras SAPP Kadamaian, Puan Agnes Liewpin di pejabat SAPP Kawasan Kadamaian pada pagi Selasa.

Turut hadir dalam pelancaran itu ialah Ketua Penyelaras SAPP Usukan, Jimmy Tai.

Menyedari akan kepentingan media alternatif sebagai sebuah medium untuk mendekati rakyat dan mewartakan aktiviti dan program SAPP dalam blog. Ini memudahkan pengundi yang berada di luar kawasan untuk mengakses maklumat terkini ...selanjutnya

BN manifesto is bribery only, does not solve real problems

KOTA KINABALU, April 9,2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the many promises in the Barisan Nasional Manifesto does not solve the perennial problems of Sabah.

SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said the promise of easing the cost of living is not relevant to Sabah which it has to deal with the cabotage policy introduced by BN many years ago, to protect their Kuala Lumpur based ships.

Pit Fah said BN's promise of affordable housing would fail in Sabah because many lands belonged to State agencies around the city and big towns have been developed into high cost commercial projects.

On access to quality health services, he said Sabahans have been deprived of such services for so many years as many hospitals in the State are lacking modern facilities ...more

Respect M'sia Agreement for Sulu Claim to weaken

KOTA KINABALU, April 9, 2013: The next Federal Government will have to honour, recognise and respect political autonomy to Sabah, as promise in the Malaysia Agreement, which is the basis for the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Any attempt to depart from the "letter and spirit" or the formation of Malaysia will only fortify and intensify the Sulu / Philippines claim of Sabah, cautioned President of Sabah Progressive Party ...more

New Fed Govt will have to honour full autonomy to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, April 8, 2013: Whoever forms the next Federal government will have to honour, recognise and respect political autonomy to Sabah, as promised in the Malaysia Agreement, which is the basis for the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

Any attempt to depart from the "letter and spirit" of the formation of Malaysia will only fortify and intensify the Sulu/Philippines claim on Sabah.

He reminded that within the Malaysia Agreement was the Article 8 (A) which talked about the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report between the governments of United Kingdom, Malaya, Singapura, and at that time North Borneo Sabah and Sarawak ...more

State Government failed in tackling housing needs

KOTA KINABALU, April 6, 2013: The State Government has failed in taking care the housing needs of the low income people, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

The recent directive of the Local Government and Housing Ministry that private housing developers must allocate some 25 per cent of their respective housing projects for affordable houses showed the failure of the present Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) Government.

"Sabah Government should show a fine example instead of directing profit oriented private companies ...more

KL's agenda of divide-and-rule

KOTA KINABALU, April 4, 2013: "SAPP, despite being labeled a 'parti nyamuk' (mosquito party) will go for 40 seats at least. DAP should contest at least 20 seats in Sabah if they are really that strong. If can't, they might as well join us to fight against Barisan Nasional (BN)," he quipped.

Yong urged this while speaking at its political talk entitled "Safeguarding Sabah, What Have You Contributed?" held in the vicinity of Taman Foh Sang shops here on Tuesday ...more

Be deeply conscious of key issues before making choice

KOTA KINABALU, Wednesday,April 3, 2013: At long last, the overdue dissolutions of Parliament and the Sabah Legislative Assembly have happened. SAPP urges the people of Sabah to take part fully in the democratic process to elect our representatives and governments. First of all, it is pertinent that we discuss and debate the key issues facing Sabah so that we as voters are deeply conscious of the issues when we make our choice.

Sabah can rise up to be a premier country as envisaged in 1963 when we formed Malaysia together with Malaya and Sarawak and after Singapore left us in 1965. Political autonomy, land reforms, Sabah ICs and a host of important issues will be key to the SAPP struggle to make Sabah great once again and to make us proud to be Sabahans in the Malaysian family of nations ... (share)

Sabah IC most practical

SIPITANG, April 3, 2013: Issuing Sabah ICs to Sabahans is the most practical way to distinguish between the genuine Malaysians of Sabah origin and the new Malaysian Sabahans who probably obtained their MyKads by dubious means, said Amde Sidik, the Deputy President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

The administration for this purpose could be undertaken by the government agency or may be under the jurisdiction of Registrar of Native Courts, he said.

The President of UPKO Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said (Daily Express 02/04.2013) reissuing of MyKad for Sabahans is not impossible even though Minister in the Prime Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said it would be difficult for the federal government to issue new MyKad for Sabah ...more

Beware of reverse takeover by Malaya party

Melanie: Yong to reveal his talks with Anwar at their Hong Kong meetings in 2008 at a ceramah Tuesday night at Foh Sang.

KOTA KINABALU, April 2, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has cautioned over a potential 'reverse takeover' of Sabah by Malayan parties using defectors from UMNO, after the general elections.

SAPP Vice President Melanie Chia who issued the caution said such a fear is now a reality since Pakatan Rakyat (PR) recently unveiled its prediction that it cannot win Sabah in the coming general elections.

Ironically, this came almost immediately after its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced last week, that Pakatan Rakyat would "go it alone" in contesting all state and parliamentary seats in Sabah and Labuan.

"The game plan of Pakatan is to pave the way for UMNO ...more

SAPP Youth renders aid to Kg Numbak fire victims

KOTA KINABALU, April 1, 2013: Kota Kinabalu Zone Youth has come forward in assisting the needs of Kg Numbak residents when the village was razed by fire recently affecting 240 houses comprising 5 blocks.

The aid came immediately after Sepanggar MP, Datuk Eric Majimbun, together with the Youth, make his first early visit at the scene after hearing of the the tragedy.

During his visits together with SAPP KK Zone Chairman Datuk Liew Teck Chan, Api-Api Chairman, Datuk Wong Yit Ming and Vice President, Don Chin was informed that no casualty was reported, however, it was learnt that several residents sustained injuries while trying to salvage their properties ...more

Rise Up for Sabah with SAPP!

KOTA KINABALU, March 30, 2013: There is tremendous appeal to go to polls this time, never before according to my observation. This euphoria is either designed by a genius or by coincidental stupidity-dragging GE13 right to the edge, that is. The answer would be known only after polling of GE13. Of which, which group of political parties form the government?

But lots of unknown qualities as far Sabah local political parties are concerned, and this is where Peninsula leaders may be taken off-guard. What's happening in Peninsula may not be the same as in Sabah. Sarawak has proven in its last State GE, how many seats did Pakatan won? ...more

Does Pakatan not want SAPP support for MP seats?

KOTA KINABALU, March 29, 2013: "Even though SAPP is being marginalized by Peninsular-based parties, SAPP will go all out and do our best to defeat BN to oppose corruption and in the defence of State rights, even as being under-dog we will never be running dog for any Malayan parties which are oppressive in nature and ignoring the Sabah people's rights," said Richard.

"We know we are facing two giants which are resourceful but we will continue to struggle for Sabah. Dato Anwar had on 14.04.2012 openly mentioned about the cooperation among the opposition parties and willing to go for more parliament seats while letting SAPP capture more state seats with the intention to replace BN with a new government together ...more

SAPP to stand firm on principle

SAPP may be underdog in this situation but we will not be the running-dog and we will stand firm on our principle and will not compromise on state autonomy and rights

KOTA KINABALU, March 28, 2013: Peninsular Malaysian parties do not want to see an autonomous Sabah State government, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP)'s Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun (picture) claimed Wednesday.

This was clearly revealed by Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's in his announcement that PR will go alone to contest in the Sabah state seats.

"Despite knowing the tough challenge, SAPP will not waver in its mission to defend State rights and to regain autonomy for the State ...more

Conspiracy not to dissolve?

KOTA KINABALU, March 28, 2013: The refusal of both the BN and Pakatan governments to dissolve their respective legislatures even though their political five-year term has expired on 8 March 2013 is a gross disappointment to the people, says SAPP. Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said granted that the law stipulates that the five year term commences on the date of the first sitting of the parliament or Legislative Assembly, politically, the five-year term has expired. While the governing politicians of both BN and PR play games and plot on how to stay just a bit longer in power, the whole country is made to wait in suspense ...more

999-year leases are legal and rightful

KOTA KINABALU, March 28, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the State Government is not being honest in explaining its illegal confiscation of property rights by unilaterally replacing the "999 lease" with only "99" years. Among the many cases that have come to my attention, one case did not even involve a sub-divided title from the original land title.

He said the Land department simply deleted the words "nine-hundred and" from the original term "nine-hundred and ninety nine", leaving only the words "ninety nine". The land title concerned was issued in 1951. As a result, the land owner whose original land tenure had a balance of 941 years suddenly was left with only 37 years, thereby rendering the entire land worthless ...more

Despite obstacles, SAPP will continue its pledge for Autonomy

KOTA KINABALU, March 27, 2013: SAPP Secretary General Datuk Richard Yong said that SAPP will stick to its plan to topple the BN government and end this corrupted regime and most importantly to fulfill its pledge to regain Sabah's autonomy.

He says, since Pakatan Rakyat has reneged on their words to work together with the local opposition, SAPP will continue its fight in the coming elections even as the underdog in order to pursue and stick to our struggle for Sabah's autonomy. "Since PR has announced its decision not to work together with the local opposition, it shows that their leaders have already made up their minds to accept the consequences, no matter win or lose." ...more

RCI on intrusion should be set up immediately

KOTA KINABALU, March 26, 2013: SAPP yesterday urged the government to immediately set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the incursion by an armed group from Sulu into Tungku, Lahad Datu as this concerns the safety and future of Sabah people and not after the general election.

Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee, president of SAPP, pointed out that the armed incursion and the "Project IC" are the 2 most pressing issues for Sabah people, therefore the government must act immediately and decisively to investigate and to uncover the perpetrators and bring them to justice. However, the process must be transparent and fair so that the public will know the truth ...more

Pray for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, March 24, 2013: SAPP held a programme called "Doa Kesejahteraan Untuk Rakyat Sabah" on Sunday 24, March 2013, at 1.30pm at Ming Garden Hotel.The purpose of this programme according it's organising Hj Amde Sidik who is also SAPP Deputy President is to show Sabahans' solidarity and manifestation of how we love our State regardless of our race and religious differences.

We distaste intrusion like what just happened in Lahad Datu recently (9 February). We are here to show our protest in our own way. Tabung Perwira boxes will be place visibly for donors ...share

Bangunlah Untuk Sabah in Kadamaian

KOTA BELUD, March 24, 2013: SAPP Kadamaian had successfully held its weekly programme on last Wednesday 13/03/2013 carrying out an activity of Gotong Royong with Kg Penepuan members repairing a fruit stall in the morning and in the afternoon planting SAPP flags around Kg Penepuan, Kelawat. Aloysius Pindeh on behalf of Penepuan folks expressed their appreciation to SAPP Kadamaian on their contribution of zinc sheets, timber wood for repairing of their damaged fruit stall. The fruit stall especially the worn out perforated roof, wooden beam and tables needed to be replaced long time ago, but the villagers could not get enough funds for the repair, he said.

He expressed hope that should SAPP became the government, will not chase the villagers away as Kg Penepuan which had been gazetted for forest reserve had been occupied by over 30 families for over 15 years now ...more

Revelation shows that DAP Sabah just puppets of their KL masters

PENAMPANG, March 23, 2013: The shocking admission by DAP Edwin Bosi that it was the DAP bosses in KL who caused the gross humiliation to the Kadazan women in Penampang by labelling them (the Kadazan women) as illegal immigrants (PATI) exposes the complete lack of authority and power by the Sabah DAP. Even the Ubah Sabah newspaper of DAP has to be written and edited in KL. What hope is there for Sabahans if DAP were to represent Sabah in KL? says Aloysius D Siap.

"By publishing in the official DAP newspaper Ubah Sabah the photos of Kadazans as PATI, DAP has once again proven that KL leaders just do not understand Sabah and they cannot even distinguish between illegal immigrants and local Kadazans ...more

People will punish Yee for voters transfer scam

KOTA KINABALU, March 22, 2013: SAPP Youth Exco Clement Lee said the purported Project "Sotong" that has distorted the racial composition of N15 Api-Api racial structure from a traditional Chinese majority (Chinese 82.3%, Others 17.7%) in 2008 to that of a mixed seat with the Chinese left with only 62.8% but others rose from 17.7% in 2008 to 37.2% based on the latest SPR voter database in December 2012.

Why is there a sudden whopping and shocking increase of 195% (3,720) in new others voters from 1,906 in 2008 to 5,626 in Dec 2012 at N15 Api Api constituency?

Additionally, why out of sudden there is an increase of 2,606 new voters in just 3 months from September - December 2012 when the election is near? ...more

Kit Siang likened as Pope is an insult to Catholics

KOTA KINABALU, March 21, 2013: Melanie expressed both regret and disbelief that DAP Sabah Jimmy Wong had deemed fit to extol and worship his political boss (Kit Siang) to the extent of equating the later to the Pope, who is the supreme leader of worldwide Catholic Church.

Melanie was commenting on Wong's remark in an exclusive interview by a local Chinese newspapers, in which he had said that being the supreme leader of DAP, Kit Siang is like the Pope, hence there are many people (in Sabah) who adore him and would like to meet up with him. He quipped that this doesn't mean that the Bishops in Sabah are not popular enough, but it's just that the aura of a national or world leader is different ...more

Where's the promised 'rice bowl' state, Musa?

The last five years have seen huge areas in Kota Belud that were traditionally planted with padi left abandoned and not rehabilitated.

KOTA BELUD, March 21, 2013: It's been five years since the government promised to turn Kota Belud into the "rice bowl" of Sabah, but until now there's been no change in the 'size' and 'output' of the padi fields in area and to top this the district's quota of subsidised rice has also been withdrawn. "Where is the promise made five years ago? Why was the quota withdrawn?". The Musa Aman-led state government had promised to increase padi output from 3.5 tonnes to 10 tonnes per hectare, and asked "have they achieved it?"...more

DAP labelled Kadazans as illegal immigrants

PENAMPANG, March 20, 2013: A complainant from Taman Public near Kota Kinabalu is unhappy that her mother and sister were labelled as illegal immigrants by an article that appeared in a political news media recently.

During the meeting on March 18, the spokesperson for the group, Margaret, said after reading the news from Ubah Sabah last month entitled "Cahaya Baru Untuk Siapa?" that appeared in DAP's January 2013 issue, she said she could not sleep as she, her mother and cousin had been labelled as illegal immigrants ...more

Why demoralising our police force

By Amde Sidik (March 16, 2013) - I think all this while Sabah's security has been taken for granted; this is reading from statement made by the ex-Lahad Datu OCPD ¨C(Ex-Lahad Datu OCPD: If only KL had listened Daily Express 15/03/2013) what a revelation! (Kamis Daming). We cannot blame the police by the sound of it; they have to make do whatever is available. The most important question remained unanswered is why? We know the porosity of the area; we know latent conflict about claiming Sabah day and night. Whilst down south was only recently an outburst by Indonesia which even more daring with regard to Ambalat Block. Don't tell me our security intelligence isn't aware about this ...more

Ex-Lahad Datu Police Chief: If only KL had listened

KOTA KINABALU, March 15, 2013: A former Lahad Datu police chief blamed what happened last month that cost nine servicemen their lives on the Federal Government for continuous ignorance on the security aspect in Sabah especially at the affected district. Kamis Daming said Kuala Lumpur never entertained any suggestions and requests for upgrading security in the district. "When I was in Lahad Datu five years ago, I had often expressed concerns to our superiors about the possibility of intrusion by foreign elements, but our proposals and requests for security beef-up were looked at very lightly," he told reporters, Thursday ...more

Governments must dissolve now, elections overdue

KOTA KINABALU, March 15, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) urged both the BN and Pakatan governments to dissolve their respective legislatures so that the general elections can be held within the 60-day period as provided for under the constitutions.

It information chief, Chong Pit Fah, said this is because the long delay in having the elections is causing a fatigue in Malaysian society, triggering an economic slowdown with many investment decisions being held back and many people and organisations putting back their programmes pending the elections ...more

Let me know if you think we're racist or prejudiced

By Haji Amde Sidik

This material is in response to one in my FB, but since then many are asking me if I could elaborate of my views. I've written earlier in my earlier blogs and newsprint, but anywayˇ­enjoy your reading
It's interesting to get your comments perhaps it'd be more interesting if I can sit down with you. I now recalled you must be the one who earlier asked me the questions-to encapsulate the topic, its about race and religion. Before that, could I know if you're Sabahan by origin or not? Because by tracing this way would help me to identity if Sabahans are racist or less racist compare with other groups that I've encountered ...more

Many alarm bells but KL never woke up

KOTA KINABALU, March 14, 2013: SAPP has been pushing for more actions and resources to solve our illegal immigrant problems, to bring long term peace and prosperity to the BIMP-East Asean region and to fulfill Malaysia's security obligations to Sabah as promised in the formation of Malaysia. Our Memorandum on "Illegal Immigrants: Mother of All Threats" and 14-point proposal, vociferous debates at parliament and cries of Sabahans have all been ignored. Instead, our ministers were irresponsible and negligent in claiming that illegal immigrants are not a threat to Sabah's security. Now the illegal immigrant crisis has exploded in the face of the Prime Minister with dire consequences. Malaysia is now paying the price of past negligence and mistakes in national policiesv ...more

SSA signals long haul on security threats

KOTA KINABALU, March 11, 2013: With the east coast of Sabah being turned into a military command, Sabahans must brace themselves for the long haul in overcoming the security threats faced by Sabah, said former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

"Security operations of this nature can last up to 20 years, or one generation, because of the inherently delicate tasks of identifying who the real enemies are in this troubled region of East ASEAN, particularly the Southern Philippines," he noted ...more

Restrategize Sabah's border security

TAWAU, March 10, 2013: While the women in the rest of the world are celebrating the International Women's Day, Datuk Chua Soon Bui, Member of Parliament Tawau, urged Malaysians from all walks of life to convey words of comfort and support to the families of the Malaysian Security forces especially to those who had lost their lives in defending the sovereignty of Malaysia in Sabah. It also goes to all those who were injured and those who are still out there day and night conducting operations to safeguard the safety of all Malaysians in Sabah. She said the few words of comfort and encouragement even through SMS, whatsapp or the Internet will make a big difference to their morale at this time of distress ...more

Seek justice for policemen murdered

TAWAU, March 10, 2013: Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui, condemned the barbaric acts on the six policemen who were brutally murdered during an ambush in Kampung Seri Jaya Simunul, Semporna by foreign armed intruders of the Sulu sultanate. She said this while visiting the widow of Police Corporal Salam Togiran, Puan Marina Utan and her four children at their house at Taman Sri Indah. Chua, who is also Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice president, was accompanied by members of SAPP Tawau including the party's supreme councillors, CK Yong and Tahir bin Dahu. On behalf of the SAPP group, Chua conveyed her deepest condolences to Marina and shared the heartache and sadness on the loss of her husband in such an unfortunate crisis ... more

General elections are overdue

KOTA KINABALU, March 8, 2013: Both the State and Federal governments should announce a date that they will dissolve the legislative assemblies and Parliament because the five-year mandate given to the current governments have expired today March 8, said SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee. "Although the constitution gives the government five years from the date of the first sitting of the respective legislature, by convention, the political mandate is for five years only" ... He told that this convention is applicable to both the State and federal governments and to both the BN and Pakatan state governments. It would be unconventional and irresponsible for any government whose political mandate has expired to embark on new policies or to commit the government to mega projects ...more

Beras Nasional to wrong target group

SIPITANG, March 8, 2013: The authority failed the people and the country in as far as to act fairly to ease the burden of lower income groups of our society according to Sabah Progressive Party in reference to distribution of Beras Nasional in Sabah. In as far as that Beras Nasional is concerned it targeted for the lower income group, in other words, not for the rich which price is far below any other brands, currently at retail shops priced RM17.00 per packet of ten kilos ...more

Find a solution, not bicker and point fingers

LAHAD DATU, March 7, 2013: Finding a solution is far more important than bickering about who should be blamed for the Tanduo siege and the ensuing fiasco. Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the focus should be channelled towards finding an end to the standoff here, rather than pointing fingers."This has been going on for more than three weeks, and it is not healthy," Yong told reporters when he visited the media centre at the Felda Residence Sahabat, Wednesday. "For us in Sabah, we have to focus on finding the best way to end this," he said, alluding to certain criticism that the incident here was staged by the Barisan Nasional ...more

Postponement of RCI hearings sends wrong message

KOTA KINABALU, March 6, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) at Kota Kinabalu High Court should not have been postponed due to the gun battles between Malaysian security forces and Filipino militants at Lahad Datu.

"If the RCI hearing within the confines of the KK High Court complex is not safe, then how can the government expect the people to believe the assurances of the government? It is no wonder that some people are jittery and go on precautionary shopping of consumer goods. Instead, the government should as far as possible, get on with their routine functions. We should not let the Filipino intruders think that they can succeed, confidence is crucial in these times," said Yong ...more

Police report lodged against irresponsible statements

KOTA KINABALU, March 6, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has lodged a police report against former Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh and Labuan DAP chief Lau Seng Kiat over statements calling on the government to pay RM200 million lump sum to the so called Sulu Sultanate heirs.

SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul, accompanied by some 30 party leaders and supporters, lodged the report at the Karamunsing Police station at about 10am.

He said Harris and Lau statements are worsening the current stand off in Kampung Tanduo, Tungku, Lahad Datu between Malaysian security forces and the armed group claimed to be the army of the so called Sulu Sultanate...more

SAPP manifesto, planning and policy briefing

KADAMAIAN, March 6, 2013: Sepikit Lihuan, explained that SAPP in its manifesto on Land Reforms, promotes and protects the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah.

He said that there shall be no more land approvals to non-local companies or any individuals who are not local Malaysians and land gazetted as burial reserve must be maintained according to tradition and custom. He was responding to villagers who were concerned over the proposed taking of their land at Kg Lompios by the government to for the purpose of extending the area for the Army Camp in Kota Belud ...more

Harris and DAP's insults to Sabah's sovereignty

KOTA KINABALU, March 5, 2013: "Paying out cash to foreign armed intruders who staked territorial claim over Sabah is an insult to Sabah's sovereignty. "It is also insult to the our security forces who had risked their lives battling the Filipino armed militants.

"Why do we have to bow to those foreigners who trespassed our land bringing along with them huge cache of arms when Sabah already became an independent state through the formation of Malaysia in 1963," he said ...more

People want end to blackouts, not handouts

KOTA KINABALU, March 1, 2013: Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia has censured the State Government, especially the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), for failing to ensure reliable power supply in Luyang and its vicinity. She said the State Govt should focus more on the real and more pressing issues that are affecting the people such as poor power supply and not desperate public relations stunts of dishing out cash to the people, besides constantly boasting of being the recipient of the largest development funds from Federal.

She was commenting on the series of outages in Luyang here the last three days which had caused inconvenience to many residents and losses to the business community ...more

Autonomy means referring to the Malaysian Agreement 1963

KOTA KINABALU, February 28, 2013: The issue autonomy was not made out twenty hours ago; SAPP has made it known time and time again for the last four years Amde said. If we are to agree to the formula it's no better than what BN is practicing.

When asked by one of the members of Election Research Team, Professor Edward Aspinal a fellow from Department of Political and Social Change of Australian National University, if there is any particular model of autonomy that SAPP is referring to, Amde said, there several forms of autonomy Macau, Hong Kong, Acheh or even the MNLF, but in short answer, he said non-comparable ...more

RCI must call Mahathir, Anwar, Musa and Yahya

KOTA KINABALU, February 27, 2013 - The RCI public hearings will never be complete and Sabahans will never be satisfied unless the top leaders at the time like ex-PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, ex-DPM Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the current Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and deputy Datuk Yahya Hussein are called to answer many questions in the minds of the people.

"We realise that today is the last day of public hearing for this session. People are worried that there is little time left for the RCI to bring these four persons to testify in public because the next sessions are scheduled for March 5 and March 18, when it is expected that the election campaign will be in full swing ...more

DAP Penang's surrender of water assets questions its ability to protect state rights

KOTA KINABALU, February 27, 2013 - The Penang government's decision to surrender the state's control of its water supply to the Umno-controlled Federal government for RM600 million called into question DAP's ability in protecting state rights. "DAP sold Penang's water supply operations to the Federal government just so that its accounts looked good for a while, only to show a 248 million ringgit deficit a year after," Datuk Richard Yong said in a statement.

The Penang state government's extravagance has brought it on the verge of bankruptcy as it does not have other assets such as timber, oil palm, petroleum or land from which to derive cash. The selling price of Penang's water supply operations to the Federal government was a "paltry sum" compared to the RM9.65 billion the PR-PKR Selangor government offered to buy back the State's water supply operations from four companies ...more

Ex-civil servants: Govt failed to honour Borneonisation

KOTA KINABALU, February 26, 2013 - We are a group of ex-civil servants who are concerned over the development of the Borneonisation case against the Federal Government and the Sabah State Government. We believe that many other ex-civil and still serving civil servants share our views and concern on this matter.

Recently, on 1 Feb. 2013, the Court of Appeal in a majority 2-1 decision overruled the High Court in Kota Kinabalu and held that the people of Sabah does not have the locus standi to sue the Federal and State governments in a court of law. The High Court in KK, had in May last year, ruled that the plaintiffs Sabahans Bernard Fung (aged 72, ex-Police, Inanam) and Nazib Maidan (aged 37, ex-teacher, Sipitang) have the locus standi to take the federal and Sabah state governments to court to implement the Borneonisation of the civil service as promised in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 ...more

Civilian air crashes should be made public

KOTA KINABALU, February 25, 2013: A test pilot said civilian air crashes like the tragedy that claimed the lives of the then Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens and 10 others, should be made public.

Captain Joseph Lakai said reports of air crashes are used for research into what went wrong, whether pilot error, ground engineer errors or technical fault or air design fault, bad weather or other unexplained cause(s).

The former flight test engineer and test pilot in Royal Malaysian Air Force also said that some of those reports are necessary for victims' families to pursue insurance and negligent claims against aircraft manufacturers and airlines.

"To keep the June 6, 1976 crash report continuously away from public sight especially after 37 years is completely unacceptable and unimaginable ...more

Two weeks standoff outrageous

By Haji Amde Sidik - KOTA KINABALU, February 25, 2013: The silence on the impasse of foreign army invading Lahad Datu needs very urgent response; otherwise the government would be accused of doing it on purpose. The authority is scaremongering voters from coming out to vote in this forthcoming General Election, worse, when the intruders are saying they are to stay to do or to die. This long wait - two weeks now is already outrageous, how long more for people of Sabah to wait until security situation is back to normal? Home Minister is leaving it to Foreign Minister? Why not Defence Minister handles this issue right from the beginning. The intrusion of foreign army into our land at broad daylight is no less severe than surrendering our territory to crooks.Where does 50 years experience of border security? ...more

Pesta Xin Chun Foh Sang 2013

KOTA KINABALU, February 25, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Kota Kinabalu Zone successfully organised their "Pesta Xin Chun Foh Sang 2013" year of the Snake on February 23, 2013 at Foh Sang Shoplots Square from 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm in conjunction with Chinese New Year and Chap Goh Mei celebrations and festivals. The festival and roadshow event held every year as an annual event showcased a variety of lively and exciting entertainment programmes ...more

Kota Belud Chinese New Year open house

KOTA BELUD, February 24, 2013: A 3-in-1 programme at the Chinese New Year open house had been successfully held at the residence of SAPP Kadamaian's Chief, Agnes Liewpin at Kg Pirasan Kota Belud on Thursday 21 February 2013. Apart from the Chinese New Year open house, celebration and lion dances performances, the people can also check their voting status (where they vote), provided by the organisers. At the speech of Agnes, she said there were people who said that her Chinese New Year celebration was not meant to be politicised, therefore many who supported the government dare not attend the function. However, Agnes explained that she had informed them the ceramah (part of the 3-in-1 programme) will only be held after the food session, only those who is interested to listen to the ceramah are welcome to stay on ...more

BR1M recipient gets RM250 instead of RM500

KOTA KINABALU, February 23, 2013: Yap Hon Voon was looking forward to receiving the RM500 BR1M 2.0 assistance for a second time. However to his surprise, instead of receiving RM500 like last year, Yap who works in the tourism sector only received RM250. And he is sure that his was not an isolated case as he heard an elderly lady complaining about the same matter too. Yap, who did not know who to turn to with regards to the problem yesterday, sought the assistance of Luyang assemblywoman Melanie Chia to get to the bottom of the matter. "It is not about the money, I just do not want the same thing to happen to other people," Yap,23, said when met at Chia's office in Bornion on Wednesday...more

Kg Kelangsat villagers faced discrimination and lack of basic infrastructure

SIPITANG, February 22, 2013: The community in Kampung Kelangsat could not differentiate which is better or worse after 50 years of independence 'Merdeka'. "These people are still talking about lack of basic infrastructure, no piped water, no electricity and asphalt road to their village," said Amde. Haji Amde Sidik, who is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Sindumin CLC Chairman was told by Jacob (not his real name) who aired his view on behalf of Kg Kelangsat during a meet the people session at the dilapidated balairaya just about 50 Km from Sipitang town this Monday ...more

Al-Jazeera journalists and SAPP youths detained

LAHAD DATU, February 21, 2013: Three Al-Jazeera journalists and three Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) youths were detained off waters at Tanjung Labian, near here, adjacent to the area where more than 100 armed Filipino in a stand- off with Malaysian security forces.The six and a boatman were detained by the General Operation Force (PGA) at about 8am when the boat they were travelling in were approaching Kampung Tanduo, the place the Filipino armed group gathered.SAPP Tungku Central Liaison Committee (CLC) Chairman Suaib Mutalib said the three youths were accompanying the foreign journalists who wanted to cover the stand-off."SAPP Tungku Youth Chief Mohd Ahsraf Amir, another two SAPP youths, three Al-Jazeera newsmen and the boat man were detained this morning ...more

Lack of firm action will lead to 'copy cat' invasions in future

By Yong Teck Lee (February 19, 2013)b - I know, as a matter of fact, that the Malaysian armed forces and police have the capability to repel the 100-odd armed intruders at Tungku Lahad Datu because the Malaysian armed forces have long prepared for this and other similar possible sea borne invasions by foreign forces against Sabah. I had witnessed, as the then Chief Minister, a full scale military exercise conducted in 1997 by paratroopers and ground forces in the same locality at Tungku with the specific strategic objective to evict a foreign armed invasion. That is why a few days ago, I said that the people should have every confidence in the security forces of Malaysia to eventually repel this intrusion ...more

Huguan Siou bestowal insulting to KDM

KOTA KINABALU, February 17, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun said it is a mockery and insult to the KadazanDusunMurut community on the Huguan Siou Malaysia issue and by putting more salt to the wound, how can these PKR Ranau leaders making a fool of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim 'dinobatkan' and yet argued that it does not necessary mean something official but literally and jokingly could also mean anointed King of Durian. "We feel sorry for these leaders trying to fool the KDM community. As rightly pointed out by KDCA secretary general that they should apologize or else to face the Native Court on for their wrongs on the KDM culture or 'Adat'. Though perhaps there was no proper ritual on the anointment, inscription on the sash and the headgear is proven official intention according to Native Court procedure enactment ...more

Fire tragedy at Kg Takulung

KOTA BELUD, February 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) CLC Kadamaian Chairlady Agnes Liewpin and members visited the family of the fire victim, Madam Latipah Ginseng yesterday evening at Kg Takulung, Losou Podi whose house was burnt at about 2:00 AM in the morning of 15th Feb 2013.

The house which was owned by the mother of Madam Latipah, was occupied by her elder son, 24 years old Mustah Sabdarin who was burnt to death when the house caught fire. According to the family members, who stayed next to the house were awakened by noises of blastings and screams.

Immediately all the relatives and family members came out to put out the fire but unfortunately the strong winds prevented them and the house was burnt within minutes ...more

PR's divide rule formula akin to BN's

Pakatan Rakyat's seat sharing formula: Pakatan 52 seats, local Sabah based parties 8 seats

KOTA KINABALU, February 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Chief Edward Dagul said the startling revelation that Pakatan Rakyat wants to go for more than 50 state seats with the intention to take all 25 parliamentary seats has upset the opposition parties to the negotiation table in Sabah. "Despite the "Kuching Declaration" and the DAP Borneo Agenda among others, Pakatan Rakyat is blatantly refusing to the idea of Sabah Autonomy, which begs the question of sincerity on Pakatan Rakyat's side," he added ...more

Double Six Crash - We never forget and we will never forgive

February 15, 2013 - Double Six tragedy, plane crash that took place in Kota Kinabalu on June 6, 1976, Sabah, Malaysia, killing all passengers includes Tun Fuad Stephens, Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Chong Thien Vun, Darius Binion. Wahid Peter Andu, Dr Syed Hussein Wafa, Isak Atan, Corp. Said Mohammad and Johari Stephens including the pilot Captain Nathan Ghandi. The main reasons behind the tragedy are volatile. Immediately after the crash there were allegations of foul play due to the political circumstances at the time. The Australian government sent a team of four investigators to assist in finding the cause of the accident. According to preliminary investigations indicated overloading was one of the contributing factors ...more

Sabah IC to protect status of genuine Malaysians in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, February 15, 2013: Datuk Liew Vui Keong's comment in saying that Sabah IC is not practical is totally uncalled for, said Datuk Richard Yong, "he is trying to divert the people's attention from dubious IC and trying to cover up the wrong-doing of UMNO in giving ICs to huge number of foreigners."

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Secretary-General, Datuk Richard Yong We Kong said it is unfortunate that the Deputy Minister had never provided any constructive and useful suggestion to resolve the illegal immigrant problems faced by Sabah people and is showing little regard to the rights and privilege of genuine Sabahans in trying to cover up for UMNO ...more

Huguan Siou title not to be traded for personal gain

KOTA KINABALU, February 15, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy organizing secretary Stephen Gaimin said PKR Ranau's act in bestowing the title of Huguan Siou to opposition leader Datuk Serin Anwar Ibrahim showed that some people are desperate to become an election candidate.

Saying this in a press statement yesterday he said the title of Huguan Siou is a non-political tool and not to be traded for personal gain such as to loby as an election candidate in the forthcoming general election. "We have see out native lands being sized, and not the Huguan Siou title is given to a person to a person from the peninsula. "I am calling Datuk Seri Panglima Bumburing to explain on this matter and why he allowed such an incident from happening in front of this eyes," Gaimin added ...more

Defending Sabah and its autonomy

KOTA KINABALU,February 14, 2013 - In reply to Pakatan de facto leader cum ex-Deputy PM Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim challenge to "leaders of Sabah-based parties" to openly declare that none of them ever benefitted through timber concessions, land and contracts," I hereby declare that, just like Anwar, I did not acquire any land, not even an inch, or timber concessions or contracts for myself. To do so would have been a corrupt act. It is well known that upon the SAPP declaration of no confidence in Dato Seri Abdullah Badawi as PM in June 2008, that the MACC had conducted thorough, detailed checks on my term in office and even publicly threatened other leaders that they would face the same fate if they were to follow SAPP's lead in opposing the then Prime Minister. I have no fear because I know that my record is clean ...more

Pairin should leave BN for failure

KOTA KINABALU, February 14, 2013: In response to PBS President, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who suggested SAPP (to knock on the doors of BN) is a gross insult to Sabahans who are now eagerly waiting for the mother of all battles to finish off the BN-UMNO hegemony in Sabah. In fact, PBS should leave the BN since they have failed to fulfill their promise to solve the illegal immigrant issue by last year 2012. The latest ugly revelations in the RCI open hearings, the land grabs affecting Sabah natives and one-sided civil service are some of the reasons that PBS has lost its moral cause to fight for Sabah ...more

Dealings with PR a one-way communication

KOTA KINABALU, February 13, 2013: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today described its dealings with Pakatan Rakyat as one-way rather then two-way communication, when it said its ties were not negotiations but dictation. "SAPP has been deliberately responding only mildly or even keeping mum to any unfriendly statements made in the media by fellow opposition parties in the past few weeks. The idea behind the silence was to avoid giving conflicting signal to Sabah's voters," said Amdee. He said SAPP's silence following the comments was so that the party would be on safe ground at all times, as we found that it isn't really negotiation but rather dictation, where it is "Either you're in or you're out" ...more

SAPP Chinese New Year Open House

KOTA KINABALU, February 12, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) hosted their 2013 Chinese New Year Open House on Feb 11, 2013, the second day of the lunar year of the Snake from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kian Kok School Hall. The annual event attracted thousands of well-wishers who thronged the venue from the public, friends, members, family, relatives and supporters. Many traditional, dragon and lion dances, singing and other shows were prepared for the auspicious festival, organised by Deputy President Datuk Liew Teck Chan and the KK Zone Committee ...more

2013 Chinese New Year Message

Confucius said, "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of." SAPP's pursuit for an autonomous government is worrying the power and greed-driven Malayan politicians especially those who have eyes for the enormous natural resources in Sabah. An autonomous government ensures that the Sabah government has control over its land, its natural resources, its immigration, etc. SAPP's autonomous policy will safeguard the unique environment and atmosphere (for example our racial harmony) of Sabah. A state thus transformed is for all Malaysians to enjoy fair distribution of resources, and contributing collectively towards promoting the development of Sabah ...more

Objection prompts review on site of Permata Centre

KOTA KINABALU, February 8, 2013: City Hall has decided to review the location of the proposed Permata Centre after a majority of residents at Kepayan Ridge opposed the project. Residents raised concerns over the site, after they found their playground area being fenced up by the Public Works Department about two days ago. The centre, which would serve as a daycare centre for some 26 children aged four and below was apparently approved without the residents' consent. According to Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia, residents sought her help to raise the matter with City Hall, pointing out that they only disagreed with its location but not the project itself ...more

Pakatan should honour "Kuching Declaration"

KOTA KINABALU, February 8, 2013: The three main parties of Pakatan Rakyat had on Sep 16, 2012 launched "Kuching Declaration" to declare that Pakatan will restore Sarawak and Sabah's status equal to that Peninsular Malaysia and to safeguard the two States' political interests. It also emphasized on equal representation and autonomy. The declaration was jointly signed by PKR's leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP's YB Lim Kit Siang and PAS president YB Hadi Awang. Among others, the declaration's Article 1 promises " We will restore the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement and the position of Sarawak and Sabah as equal partners within Malaysia by restoring autonomy to Sarawak and Sabah within the framework of the Federal Constitution". Under Article 2 on "Fair representation", the declaration promises to "increase national integration between Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia through power-sharing arrangement that fully upholds the spirit of Malaysia Agreement". ...more

Bias and prejudice all over the place

SIPITANG, February 8, 2012: System of choosing or selecting local leaders in Sabah must be reviewed and changed where possible if SAPP formed the government, for example, how to choose Ketua Daerah, Ketua Anak Negeri, members of JKKK, Ketua Kampong and etc in respective districts, says Amde. Haji Amde Sidik, who is deputy president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) believed that the people must involve actively in running the district if it were to succeed in making people happy with the system of government. "Community leaders must be trained and well familiar with procedures of delivery systems of the state, for example who deserved to get what benefits that the State provides and it must be made transparent ...more

Sabah ICs to protect rights and privileges

KOTA KINABALU, February 7, 2013: The issuance of identity cards exclusively for bona fide Sabahans is the only way to distinguish between them and non-Sabahans and to protect their rights and privileges."To say that issuing the ICs to Sabahans is impractical and comparing Sabah to Peninsular states like Kedah and Selangor not only ignores the need to arrest the gradual deterioration of Sabahans' rights due to the massive influx of outsiders into the state since independence in 1963, it also shows the apologist tendencies of Sabah BN leaders," he said in response to a statement by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussein.The proposal to issue ICs to Sabahans is one of the main agenda in SAPP's campaign for GE13 ...more

Bumburing's now locked inside PR and the key is outside

KOTA KINABALU, February 7, 2013: SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul said his party supports President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee's stand that Sabah-based parties must contest the majority of seats in the state legislative assembly to put an end to the state being a puppet administration. He said it is in line with SAPP's struggle to form a state government with autonomy as enshrined in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement. "SAPP is willing to relent to PR contesting a majority of the state's parliamentary seats, allowing the federal opposition pact a better chance to claim power in Putrajaya ...more

Calon parti Malaya tunduk kepada KL

BEAUFORT, Februari 5, 2013: Presiden Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP) Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee berkata ahli politik yang bernaung di bawah parti Malaya tidak ada pilihan selain daripada tunduk kepada Kuala Lumpur. Katanya, mereka mesti pergi ke Kuala Lumpur melobi agar dipilih sebagai calon pada sebarang pilihan raya. "Mereka akan membawa buah tangan seperti udang galah, udang harimau, sarang burung dan pelbagai lagi untuk diberi kepada para pemimpin di Kuala Lumpur supaya dipilih sebagai calon."Mereka ini umpama kerbau dicucuk hidung. Mereka juga tidak berupaya memperjuangkan autonomi Sabah seperti yang termaktub dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963," ...selanjutnya

Of self-interest and personal benefit

By Haji Amde Sidik (February 3, 2013) - I find it awkward to read statement made by Jaffar Ismail (Daily Express, 01/02/2013) former SAPP Vice President and CLC Chairman for N23 Bongawan who said, he resigned from SAPP and joined Pertubuhan Pakatan Perubahan Sabah (PPPS) because SAPP has not yet making a move to join Pakatan Rakyat(PR). Jaffar took political refuge in SAPP for nearly four years opting not to say what he supposed to have said, as a leader for his constituency, isn't his attitude posed a big question itself? I can only say for all this while Jaffar isn't struggling for people and the State, but more of self-interest and to be Yang Berhormat at cost. He knew fairly well how the party - SAPP makes decision and where its party's stand all along ...more

Clean up the electorals first

KOTA KINABALU, January 29, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) youth wing is demanding the Election Commission (EC) to clean up and update the electoral lists which will be used in this coming General Election, said its KK Zone Youth Chief cum an Executive Committee, John Stephen Dionysius.A senior ex- National Registration Department (NRD) officer, Mohd Nasir Sungip whose confession showed that the NRD is responsible providing dubious names with IC numbers to the Election Commission and registered as voters. A total of 946,638 were registered voters in Sabah and it is estimated that about 200,000 dubious IC holders are in the electoral lists. Another ex-NRD officer, Asli Sidup also made his confession and admitted that he was stationed at a polling centre in Papar to monitor the holders of 200 JPN receipts casting their votes ...more

SAPP extends CNY Greetings at Putatan

PUTATAN, January 29, 2013: The business communities took the opportunity to voice their complaints to SAPP especially some of the problems which had already been highlighted in the media yet remain un-resolved. For example the failed street lighting, uncollected rubbish, clogged drains and flood problems.The owner of a motor shop said they have lost their patience waiting for the council to attend to the problem of sewage water overflowing on the road right in front of their business premises.They were frustrated by the fact that the authorities and council has been negligent and seem incapable to manage the problems facing Putatan. They urged SAPP to solve these problems when being elected into government ...more

DAP must know who is the enemy

KOTA KINABALU, 26 Jan 2013: Nazib Maidan of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) slammed DAP Sabah Junz Wong for his remarks to associate SAPP with Project IC voters. SAPP Youth Exco Nazib Maidan said DAP has become even more cynical in attacking SAPP when the 13th general election is around the corner. "Whenever you implicate someone you must also provide evidence, making slandering statement against another opposition party is not helping the oppositions's effort to topple Barisan Nasional but weaken the oppositions' cooperation." stressed Nazib ...more

DAP should stop its slander

KOTA KINABALU, January 24, 2103: "Just to highlight this matter to Junz Wong of DAP, even before SAPP's pullout from Barisan Nasional during the tenure of ex-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, SAPP has relentlessly demanded the government to take serious action on the problem of massive influx of illegal immigrants into Sabah. A 14-point proposals and ideas contained in the memorandum "Time for Direct Preventive Actions" was submitted to the then Prime Minister in 2006 but no action was taken. "In fact, earlier on in 1999, SAPP had already submitted a memorandum titled "Illegal Immigrants: Mother of All Threats" and this 14-point memorandum was an addition ...more

SAPP leaders summoned over peaceful gathering

KOTA KINABALU, 22 Jan 2013: Six Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) leaders including its President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee were summoned by the city police today in connection with the peaceful gathering calling the government to ensure safety of locals following the killing of a school girl in December last year. The other five are Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong, Wanita Chief cum Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia, Youth Chief Edward Dagul, Kota Kinabalu Zone Youth Chief John Stephen and Supreme Council Member Stephan Gaimin. SAPP leaders gave full cooperation to the police during the entire course of interviews ...more

SAPP Kadamaian celebrates 19th anniversary

KADAMAIAN, January 21, 2013: According to CLC Chairperson Agnes Liewpin, the youth decided to organize this memorable day early on a Saturday which is inconvenient for the youths who are mostly committed with their own work on weekdays. Led by SAPP Kadamaian Youth Chief, Dokuil Duraman, the convoy which was supposed to start in the morning and talks on future of Sabah had to be held in the late afternoon due to heavy rains in the morning ...more

How many seats should we contest? SAPP asks PR

KOTA KINABALU, January 16, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Yee yesterday urged Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to reveal the number of seats his party should contest in the coming 13th general election. "If as Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar (Ibrahim) said (that) SAPP is contesting too many seats, it is very simple, just tell me how many we should contest (in) state and or parliament," he said ...more

The plight of Kadamaian kampung folks

KADAMAIAN, January 15, 2013: The lack of development and maintenance of the road from Kampung Kebidahan Tokulung to SK Losou Podi has sometimes prevented school going children from attending the school due to flooding during rainy days. The road which links to many sub-villages of Kg Kebidahan are Bundu Lapak, Katol, Linapak, Wani and Tekulung, about 3 kilometres to the SK Losou Podi primary school is used by about 50 students from the area who have to walk to school as early as 5 am in the morning. A heavy rain downpour for few hours will flood this road and student will have difficulty to cross the road ...more

Norikoh Saliwa's parents pain

KOTA KINABALU, January 13, 2013: It was one of their very few trips to the State Capital but for Saliwa Madaya, 57, and his wife Raimas Makanal, 56 off Kampung Bombong 1, Kota Marudu, this time it was no normal visit.Together with their 26-year-old daughter, Bibianah, they took the more than two hours' journey on Friday to get in see face-to-face with lawyer, Peter Marajin, to follow up on the latest development about the 'mysterious' death of their other daughter, Norikoh ...more

Public safety must never be compromised

KOTA KINABALU, January 13, 2013: "As this is a very busy spot whereby a lot of people have to navigate this narrow pedestrian walk every day, the authority must do something before any accident happens, Richard lamented. "Putatan is a growing town, to be a "People-First-Government" the authorities have the duty to ensure proper basis infrastructure, regular collection of garbage, cleanliness as well as security," ...more

SAPP Youth supports Himpunan Sabah Bangkit 112

KOTA KINABALU, January 12, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth showed up in moderate numbers to mark their presence in the Sabah Uprising rally "Himpunan Sabah Bangkit 112" as a show of support to "Bangunlah Untuk Sabah". The rally where about 1,000 over participants and spectators gathered at the Chong Thein Vun Park in Kota Kinabalu displaying placards, banners and flags to show their message on grievances of various local issues, political messages and etc ...more pics

Cooperate but not bow down

KOTA KINABALU, January 12, 2012: KK Youth Zone Chief, John Stephen in his remark during the election briefing held at Maju Centre, Inanam yesterday said SAPP being a component of Barisan Nasional before on 17th September 2008, has outlined 8 demands in the interest of Sabah wellbeing to be fulfilled and sadly the Fed Govt has been passively responding to the problem encountered by Sabahan. As a result, SAPP decided to pull out from the coalition BN and continue to struggle as an opposition to demand a better livelihood of every Sabahan where the states has been bogged down by illegal immigrants, youth unemployment, rising of food prices, unbalanced development, land grabs ....more

7 years wait without Mykad for local youth

SANDAKAN, January 11, 2013: Yong received complaint about a youth who did not own MyKad, despite he is born in Sandakan and fulfilled the conditions of constitution to be a Malaysian citizen. SAPP Sandakan Zon has forwarded this case to SAPP Luyang State Assemblywomen Melanie Chia Chui Ket to put pressure on the authorities. A 19 year old youth, Mok Vun Loong, whose father is also born in Sandakan and owned MyKad, has gone through unnecessary hardships ...more

Solve muddy road problems

KOTA KINABALU, January 9, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has urged the relevant authorities and contractors of the ongoing SK Sembulan construction project to provide solutions to the muddy road surface and dusty environment said to be caused by construction works. Yong said the entrance and exit the construction site cause trails of dusts and stretches of mud, causing inconvenience to the surrounding residents ...more

Umno - A Ketuanan and Religious Chauvinist

KOTA KINABALU, January 7, 2013: A Ketuanan and Religious Chauvinist have ignited a torch proclaiming a Jihad against Non-Muslims in Malaysia, particularly the Christians, who number about 3 million. The pied-piper sounding the siren is none other than Malaysia's very own "Osama bin Laden", UMNO's mouthpiece and mongrel, the incorrigible Ibrahim Ali. Let us not be deceived that the UMNO/BN government, Utusuan Malaysia, Perkasa, Pembela and many other of its crony 'jihad' agencies are not working hand in glove to achieve their objectives ...more

Petronas non-profitting is absurd

KOTA KINABALU, January 4, 2013: Oil is a State owned natural resource. If it is not profitable, then why did the Federal Government saw it fit to snatch this important resource of revenue from the Sabah in the first place? Petronas has never been transparent in its operation and financial account since 1976 until today. Why is Petronas so secretive? Since this natural resources belongs to the rakyat of Sabah, the rakyat have every right to know its operations and financial position. Petronas' money is the Sabahans' money. Hence, the Petronas' account must be subject to public scrutiny ...more

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