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KOTA KINABALU, October 21, 2016:  The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will be holding its biennial delegates conference on October 23 at the Dewan Hakka, here.

Held every two years, the local-based party's general meeting will continue to focus on the party's way forward, this time, together with other Sabah local parties, in fighting for the State's rights ...more

SAPP Biennial Delegates Conference 2016

KOTA KINABALU, October 17, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) shall be holding its Biennial Delegates Conference for year 2016 on 23rd October 2016 (Sunday) at the Dewan Hakka, Tanjung Lipat.

All delegates (Note *also outstation delegates who are arriving one day early) shall be treated to a fellowship gathering at the White House, Taman Antarabangsa, Likas on 22nd October 2016 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm with food and drinks.

Following herewith is the programme (In Bahasa Malaysia) for attention of all members and delegates ...more (programme)

Gabungan Sabah to launch charter on Nov 20

KOTA KINABALU, October 12, 2016: The alliance of Sabah local parties, Gabungan Sabah, will launch its charter next month as it prepares for the coming general elections, said Gabungan chairman, Datuk Hj. Mohd Noor Hj. Mansoor, in a statement issued at Kota Kinabalu today after the 15th meeting of the Gabungan Council.

"This charter launch on November 20th at Kota Kinabalu follows the party congresses of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) on October 16th and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) on October 23rd this month. Parti STAR has already held its convention earlier. After the charter launch, several youth camps will be organised to forge strong teams of campaigners consisting of the 3 member parties at Keningau, Ranau and Kota Kinabalu. Grass roots campaigns will be held far and wide at the constituencies that are likely to be contested by Gabungan Sabah," explained Datuk Mohd Noor who is a respected elder in Sabah politics ...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.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

Our Sabah..

Books on ....
RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

more on ...
Twenty points safeguard
20 Perkara
Illegals & IC issues
Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
Sabah Gas pipeline
3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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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Water department probe, truths will prevail

KOTA KINABALU, October 11, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the reported scale of corruption at the water department has shocked people and people are now eager for answers on so many issues as the probe continues to unfold by the day.

"There is a wise saying that "The sun, the moon and the truths shall not be hidden long". Eventually, the truths will surface. And as the truths and facts emerge, it is to be expected that people will be dismayed and feel angry. Corruption, like the economy and security, will become a major election issue," Yong added.

"But it is still too early at the current stage of the investigation to assign political responsibility for the crisis at the Sabah Water Department. Therefore, DAP's call for the resignation of the Sabah Infrastructure Minister is premature. Indeed, people may also ask DAP about the calls for the resignation of the Penang Chief Minister who is currently facing corruption charges ...more

Proposed electoral boundaries show that BN given up on winning "hearts and minds"

KOTA KINABALU, September 24, 2016: "Hiew King Cheu is trying to defend the indefensible proposed changes of electoral boundaries, especially between Kapayan and Luyang state constituencies," says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

Its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said that Hiew's excuse on behalf of the Election Commission that the transfer of 3,641 voters at Lido from Kapayan to Luyang so that there will be a balance of voters between the new Kapayan (23,773 voters) and the new Luyang (23,992) is nonsense.

"If there is a need to balance voters, then the balance could be achieved by increasing the voters in Likas which has only 15,008 voters and Api Api (only 14,451). Since Lido will be taken out of Kapayan, the increase of 3,641 voters in the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary area could be shared out with Likas and Api Api such that each of the three state constituencies will have about 18,000 voters. But this is not favoured by the BN because it would turn Api Api back into a BN black area," ...more

PBS owes explanation on RCI proposals

KOTA KINABALU, September 3, 2016: Sabahans should put their heads together regardless of political alliance and stand together when facing problems which degrade Sabah.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Amde Sidik said it is general knowledge that Sabah was a nation before it was demoted to a mere state under Malaysia. "We are cheated and as a consequence, we are treated like a baby instead of a partner. I wonder if this is not a problem?" he said in a statement.

Amde said this realisation had motivated everyone, including those in the Barisan Nasional, to start talking about the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Sabah's autonomy.

"I think we all should work towards recovering what we were denied and look at the benefit and the costs.

Now even our history is hidden from our school children. Malaysians are confused, what and where is merdeka?" he said ...more

Launch major campaign against the Philippines claim to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, August 30, 2016: The pledge by the Prime Minister "to defend Sabah's sovereignty if (Philippines President) Duterte" meets him sounds hollow when little is done by Malaysia to counter the continuous propaganda churned out in the Philippines media justifying the Philippines claim to Sabah.

If the 100 million people in Philippines genuinely believe that their claim to Sabah is legitimate, then it is to be expected that the Philippines claim to Sabah remains a permanent threat to Sabah. Is this what the federal government want? There is a prevailing view that the external threat to Sabah in the form of the Philippines claim to Sabah is what the federal authorities use to make Sabahans believe that Sabah will always be dependent on the federal government for protection ...more

After Sarawak's success, SAPP wants Sabah deal with Petronas

KOTA KINABALU, August 28, 2016: Deputy president Melanie Chia says this is "only the beginning" of rectifying the losses suffered since the state ceded oil and gas rights to Petronas in 1974.

The Sabah state government has been urged to urgently negotiate with the Federal Government and Petronas for the same type of concessions obtained by Sarawak.

Melanie Chia, deputy president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), said Sabah should also demand that a Sabahan to be appointed to the Petronas board of directors, ensure more Sabahans are employed at all levels and the state allowed to take part in production sharing contracts.

Her statement came in response to Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s announcement yesterday of an agreement with the Federal Government and Petronas on seven major issues ...more

Malaysian politics now very fluid

KOTA KINABALU, August 17, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the Malaysian politics has entered a fluid stage because of the emergence of a well-funded Malay party led by former Umno strongman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and other top ex-UMNO leader.

Its Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said despite brave denials to the contrary, it is certain that this new party, like another new Sabah-based party to be led by ex-UMNO Vice President, Datuk Shafie Aqdal, will draw some support away from UMNO.

He said that in the case of Sabah, the latest split in UMNO could help tilt the balance in favour of the opposition in mixed areas such as Tanjong Aru, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kudat and Beaufort. This depends on whether Datuk Shafie Aqdal will align with Gabungan Sabah (United Sabah Alliance) or not.

Two week ago, Gabungan Sabah has openly invited Datuk Shafie Aqdal to join hands with Gabungan Sabah. Gabungan Sabah consist of Sabah-based parties Party Cinta Sabah (PCS), Solidarity Tanah Air Sabah (STAR), SAPP and NGOs, led by respected political veteran Datuk Mohd. Noor Mansoor ...more

Is Federal making Sabahans fearful about our security?

KOTA KINABALU, August 16, 2016 (Datuk Yong Teck Lee): The absence of the Sabah Chief Minister at a major security event in Kuala Lumpur last week casts a doubt on what the priorities are of the Sabah Government in protecting Sabah from external and internal threats.

Of direct relevance and importance to Sabah's well being is the security situation in the Southern Philippines. Yet, the Chief Minister, who is also the Chairman of the Sabah State Security Committee, had missed the launching of "The Implementation Phase of the Mindanao Peace Agreement Between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front" last Saturday at Kuala Lumpur. Did the Chief Minister have other more important duties at the time? ...more

Bridge solution to Labuan's economic woes, says Yong

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 11, 2016: The Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) objection to the proposed barter trade between Labuan and the Philippines has nothing to do with the Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) but everything to do with the mistreatment of Sabah by the Federal authorities.
Its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee, in replying to a statement made by LCCC Chairman Datuk Wong Kii Yii, said his statement was to query why the Government imposed a security ban on barter trade from Sabah to the Southern Philippines.

"Yet, the Government is going to reopen barter trade, reportedly for businessmen from Peninsular Malaysia, at Labuan.
I have every right to comment on such security and trade matters," he said here, Tuesday.

Barter trade from Labuan to Philippines a double tragedy for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, August 4, 2016: The ban on barter trade between Sabah and Southern Philippines has been mentioned by the Sabah government as the reason why hostages were released due to increased prices of daily essential goods that used to be supplied from Sabah to the Southern Philippines.

This being the case, the imminent opening of barter trade at Labuan by businessmen from Peninsula Malaysia will deal severe double blow to Sabah.

First, the so-called "security ban on barter trade" from Sabah's east coast would be rendered totally meaningless. Then, the permanent loss of the Philippines market for Sabah goods would deal an irreparable loss to the Sabah economy. The negative consequences to the Sabah economy is that even if cross-border security were restored in the future, Sabah would have forever lost our market at the Philippines. Sabah's traditional barter trade would be taken over by new players from outside Sabah ...more

Yong: Admit failure and go back to the drawing board

KOTA KINABALU, July 21, 2016: Datuk Yong Teck Lee: "Another cross-border kidnapping, this time in the vicinity of the infamous location of the 2013 Tanduo incursion, off the heavily guarded Felda plantations.

In fact, this is the "ground zero" that is supposed to be the most secure part of ESSZONE. And yet cross border bandits have managed to get away with another five Malaysian hostages. Sadly, this casts a crisis of confidence on the capability of our security forces.

Having imposed night curfew, banned barter trade, put in security assets, launched a helicopter base at Lahad Datu, relocated fighter jets to Tawau and having spent hundreds of millions of Ringgit, the menace of cross-border kidnapping has continued unabated ...more

Does South China Sea ruling have any bearing on "Sabah Claim"?

KOTA KINABALU, July 12, 2013: An international tribunal at Holland is expected to rule on an arbitration case brought by the Philippines against China concerning the South China Sea Tuesday 5pm today.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee cited that the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration might shed some light on Malaysia`s maritime territorial limits in one or more of three ways:

1. To what extent is the maritime territorial limits of the Philippines bordering Sabah;

2. Specifically, how will the "court" rule on the Philippines claim to the sea at Sabah`s north-west which belongs to Malaysia, and

3. The consequential implication on the Philippines Claim to Sabah ...more

Don't blame others for RCI technical committee failure

KOTA KINABALU, June 29, 2016: Don`t blame others if the RCI Technical committee had failed in its duty to the people of Sabah, said Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President yesterday in a statement in response to the statement made by PBS Assistant Secretary General, Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan.

The statement made by Datuk Herbert, reported in a local daily, where he questioned the reluctance by the Federal authorities to implement the RCI recommendations was simply to distract the public from apportioning blame to Tan Sri Pairin, Said Edward.

First and foremost, it is the duty of the RCI`s Technical committee, under the chair of Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, to make known the committee`s findings and recommendations that had been submitted to the Main Committee or otherwise ...more

Government missed out the real source of illegals issue

KOTA KINABALU, May 21, 2016: The three-prong measures to curb illegal immigration announced by the Deputy Prime minister cum Home Affairs Minister during his latest visit to Sabah sadly has again missed out the critical issue of the "export" of illegals from the Philippines to Sabah, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee.

He said the Deputy Prime Minister who listed the three-prong strategy as enforcement, guarding the maritime borders and resolving the dubious documents issued to unqualified immigrants in Sabah has completely missed out the fact that the source of the security woes and illegal immigration into Sabah is in the Philippines.

"If the source of the problems is not fixed, then our preventive actions are not sustainable," ...more

Mositun's statement confusing

KOTA KINABALU, April 19, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Edward Dagul said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Secretary-General Datuk Johnny Mositun's statement that the Technical Working Committee on Illegal Immigrants report has been completed and handed over to the central committee is new.

He said if the matter is already at the implementation stage than why was United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Acting President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau left out of the loop over such development.

"It was reported on another article yesterday that Tangau had requested that a State BN meeting be convened as soon as possible to discuss the finding of the Technical Working Committee chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan," ...more

Walk the talk in resolving illegals problem

KOTA KINABALU, April 15, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has urged PBS Leaders to walk the talk in resolving the illegal immigrants problem in Sabah and not merely playing to the gallery.

"What the people of Sabah expect after the RCI report came out in 2014, are affirmative action to be taken to rid Sabah of this perennial problem, not more rhetoric and definitely not from a senior Federal Minister.

SAPP Deputy President, Edward Dagul was responding to PBS Vice President, Datuk Daniel Kinsik’s contention that there was nothing wrong in Datuk Dr Maximus urging both State and Federal government to recall the identity cards as part of the steps to resolve the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah.

"The call made may be fine but when it is from Dr Max himself, it can be likened to making a call to workers urging the management for more pay, when in fact; he is part and parcel of the management, explained Edward.

"The cabinet is surely the appropriate forum to discuss such issue and since PBS is currently well represented at both Federal and State cabinet, it is therefore inconceivable to suggest that these PBS leader do not know what the current government’s intentions are, with respect to resolving the illegal immigrant problem ...more

Who is Dr Max Kidding?

KOTA KINABALU, April 13, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) questioned the call made by Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili in urging the State and Federal Governments to recall the Identity Cards or MyKads as insulting Sabahans’ intelligence.

In response to the news report yesterday, Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President, remarked that when making the call, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili had conveniently forgotten that he is currently a senior minister in the Federal Government?

It is difficult for Sabahans to believe that Datuk Dr Maximus had not consulted with his Federal Cabinet members, especially the Prime Minister to recall back the MyKads in Sabah as an exercise to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants before making the call via the press media.

“Are we to believe that as a senior minister within the federal cabinet, he cannot directly consult the Prime Minister on this? Is Datuk Dr Maximus telling his constituency members that the Prime Minister has chosen to ignore Sabah’s illegal immigrant quagmire?" asked Edward ...more

Source of security woes is in Philippines

KOTA KINABALU, April 8, 2016: The source of cross border crimes at Sabah's East Coast is at the Philippines, says former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He added that the lairs of these bandits is at the Sulu Sea islands and Mindanao. The environment in which these bandits thrive is weak government, corruption-riddled security forces, proliferation of weapons, breaches of peace agreements and poverty and injustices in the Philippines.

"Hence, the long term, sustainable solutions to the security nightmare at Sabah's east coast lay at the Philippines. Malaysia, and now Indonesia, being victims of Filipino cross border crimes, should use all leverages against the Philippine government to eliminate the dens, the networks, the fast boats (used for kidnappings) and the kidnapping syndicates. The Philippines must be made to realise that, otherwise, they will pay a heavy price for their bad behaviour as a bad neighbour. After all, with the help of the Americans, the Philippines have the resources. Other than the on-going Balikatan war exercises between American and Filipino militaries, the American had for years provided training, equipment and support to the Philippines at the Philippines's Southern Command at Zamboanga ...more

Reject federal gazetting of Sabah's cultural and nature assets

KOTA KINABALU, March 31, 2016: The Sabah Government should vehemently reject the proposed gazetting of Sabah's prized tourist assets under the National Heritage Conservation Act 2005 because such a federal gazette is a back door grabbing of Sabah's heritage and putting Sabah's tourism and natural assets under Putrajaya control, said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He warned that in future, the management of these Sabah assets would be subject to federal interference.

"The correct law to gazette Sabah's nature and cultural assets is the Sabah Heritage Conservation Enactment 1997. It is the same Sabah law that has ensured protection of the Likas Bird Sanctuary (KK Wetlands), Padang Merdeka, Chong Tain Vun City Park, Atkinson Clock Tower and other cultural and natural assets of Sabah. Sabah already has our own heritage conservation law eight years before the federal government got theirs ...more

Citizens' declaration has completely left out Sabah and Sarawak

KOTA KINABALU, March 6, 2016: The Citizens' Declaration, dubbed "anti-Najib declaration", gives new hopes that finally change can be achieved in the near future. But it is sad for Sabahans and Sarawakians that the declaration yesterday by the nation's ex-prime minister, ex-deputy prime minister, ex-ministers and all sorts of top opposition and civil society leaders have forgotten completely the plight of the Borneo territories. As a result, the Citizens Declaration has become an entirely "Malayan affair", says Sabah Progressive Party President Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a statement.

He added that other than calling for the repeal of recent laws that oppress the people, the declaration should have also called for the abolition unfair policies imposed on Sabah such as the cabotage policy and the Malayanisation of the civil service ...more

200 stage protest rally against Bangla workers

KOTA KINABALU, February 29, 2016: More than 200 people took part in a rally on Sunday to protest against the import of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers and press for the release of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) Technical Committee Report on illegal immigrants in Sabah.

The peaceful rally went ahead despite the Government's decision about two weeks ago to freeze the recruitment of all foreign workers.

Rally organisers said the decision does not guarantee that Bangladeshi workers would not be brought into the country.

Among those who took part in the one-hour rally were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) President Dr Nicholas Guntobon, Sabah Star Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and United Sabah Alliance Chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor ...more

SAPP reiterates call to object 1.5m Bangladeshi workers

KOTA KINABALU, February 14, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) reiterates its stand in insisting that none of the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers be allowed into Sabah and that the PTI problems plaguing the State be resolved urgently. The call made by Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President, in a press statement yesterday, was in response to the recent comments by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in defending the government’s decision to recruit 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh.

Further describing the move as unfathomable to point of ridiculous, Edward points out that there are so many factors that needs due consideration before even contemplating such a move.

“We are talking about 1.5 million people, not a mere 1,500 workers. For starters, can they speak Bahasa Melayu or English? The societal and cultural difference between Bangladeshis and us are too many. I fear that their vast presence may negatively impact our already seemingly fragile Malaysian social fabric.” ...more

Lower oil price is not a valid reason for cancellation of Regasification project

KOTA KINABALU, February 13, 2016: Lower gas price is not a valid reason for the cancellation of the Lahad Datu Regasification Terminal which could have helped alleviate the energy woes of Sabah's east coast region.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the project was approved in 2012 and scheduled to be completed in 2015 and by the time oil and gas prices began to fall in the middle of last year, the project would have been completed or near completion.

"In any case, why would lower gas prices affect the Regasification Terminal investment? Would not lower gas prices make it more viable for our energy producer to produce cheaper electricity?" he said in a statement.

Yong added that lower gas prices only means that Petronas Gas makes less profits from Sabah's oil and gas ...more

Xin Chun Message 2016

KOTA KINABALU, February 4, 2016: Welcoming the lunar new year is the one event that connects peoples of Chinese descent all over the world. This has been going on for a few thousand years without stop and without end. In today's global village, the celebration of Xin Chun, the new spring, has become visibly global. People of all cultures watch with awe the extent of the Xin Chun celebrations. In China, one hundred and more million people make the trip home for family reunion, making Xin Chun the biggest annual human migration ever in the world.

Outside China, in smaller numbers spread far and wide, Chinese people will similarly and dutifully celebrate this Xin Chun like the few thousand Xin Chuns before, whether in peace or in turbulence ...more

Chinese New Year 2016 message from Melanie Chia

As the new lunar year draws near, it is time of the year again for Malaysians of the Chinese decent to prepare and usher in the new year wishing that this new year will bring each and everyone in the family good health and great prosperity.

Like every Malaysians, we too wish that the year of the Golden Monkey will bring us hope for greater PEACE, HARMONY and PROSPERITY!

Since the implementation of the GST in April last year and the depreciation of the ringgit, we have encountered rising costs of living and those of us doing business have to cope with the rising cost of doing business and live with dwindling margins ...more

TPPA inevitable even if Sabah were fully autonomous

KOTA KINABALU, February 2, 2016: Multi-lateral trade pacts are always difficult to negotiate. It took super power America ten years to get 11 other countries on board. Some say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is an American agenda to re-assert American leadership over the Trans-Pacific economies to counter the growing China influence.

But, unlike what is portrayed by our MP for Kota Kinabalu, to join TPPA is not to choose between America and China. Malaysia, like the other nine members of ASEAN, is already covered by the China-Asean Free Trade Area (China-AFTA) that took effect in 2010. The healthy trade (RM210 billion in 2014) between Malaysia and China will not be affected by TPPA. Our own free trade pact, the Asean FTA, took effect in 1992. Ever since 1992 trade tariffs among Asean countries (and ever since 2010 with China, India and Japan) have been on a downward trend. 90% of trade is now zero-rated ...more

Sabah IC would have solved the identity problem of suspected terrorist

KOTA KINABALU, January 27, 2016: It is bewildering that a few days after the arrest of a suspected terrorist in Johor, the Sabah Security Committee is still in the dark about the true identity of the “man from Sabah” detained along with six others in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee commented in a statement yesterday.

Yong added that in spite of having arrested the terror suspect, the authorities are still not even sure if he is a Sabahan or a foreigner with dubious document or whatever.

"I would have thought that, before the police arrested the terror suspect, the police would have uncovered his activities, and therefore his identity, before nabbing him.

He said in any case, “Sabah ICs” for genuine Malaysians in Sabah would have provided the relevant background information about the man, his birth place and his home town or village ...more

SAPP forging ahead with new alliance

KOTA KINABALU, January 23, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is forging ahead with new alliance in the New Year.

"We are no longer operating alone for the year 2016," said SAPP president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee during the party's 22nd Anniversary dinnere at a seafood restaurant near here on Thursday night.

Yong said the New Year (2016) is the year for the United Sabah Alliance (USA) and that two political parties comprising Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) headed by Dr Nicholas Games Guntobon, who was a practising medical doctor, and STAR as well as several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had joined the alliance ...more

SAPP lodges police report on missing key witness

KOTA KINABALU, January 15, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president, Edward Dagul, today lodged a missing person report at the Karamunsing Police station, here, referring to the key witness of the trial of the armed intrusion at Tanduo, Lahad Datu.

According to the news, the prosecution has failed to locate and subpoena key witness and the last prosecution witness, SAC Zulkifli Hj Abd Aziz to give evidence at the trial.

SAC Zuklifli Hj Abd Aziz, who was the assistant chief of Special Branch of the Malaysian Police (PDRM), reported to have “served in Sabah for a long period, had great and specific knowledge on Sulu sultanate and had personal contacts in Southern Philippines and had handled all kidnapping cases in Sabah in terms of intelligence for the past 15 years and led the negotiations between Malaysia authorities and the Sulu gunmen’s leader in Kampung Tanduo.

Edward, in his statement, finds it amazing that the prosecution cannot find Encik Zulkifli who was a senior police officer who had retired only in November 2014 ... more

Don't be evasive on the RCI Report

KOTA KINABALU, January 9, 2016: It is time for the Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) working technical committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah, Tan Sri Datuk Pairin Joseph Pairin Kitingan, not to be evasive and to come clean with the actual problems he is facing in completing the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) working technical committee’s report.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Edward Dagul, opined in a press statement issued Friday that the whole point of having the working technical committee is so that all can be revealed. As it turned out, what Pairin had disclosed in yesterday`s statement defeated the very purpose of the original objective. But since Tan Sri Pairin had admitted to shoulder some of the blame for the delay of the working technical committee’s report, then he should further explain the statement that there was “something blocking” his committee’s progress in completing the report.

“Pairin’s statement suggests that there are elements interfering in his committee’s work. Now, if this is true, then he should report this matter to the relevant authorities, including the main committee ...more

Missing star witness of Sulu gunmen intrusion trial, a cause for concern

KOTA KINABALU, January 7, 2016: The failure of the prosecution to produce the star witness of the ongoing trial of the alleged Sulu gunmen intrusion at Tanduo is a cause for concern, said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

According to news reports, the prosecution in the trial of 30 accused persons, who are alleged to be involved in the February 2013 armed intrusion at Tanduo, Lahad Datu has failed to locate and subpoena one SAC Zulkifli Hj. Abd Aziz, who was at the time, the assistant head of the Sabah Special Branch of the police force, to give evidence at the trial.

SAC Zulkifli is reported to have "served in Sabah for a long period, had great and specific knowledge on Sulu sultanate and had personal contacts in Southern Philippines" and "had handled all kidnapping cases in Sabah in terms of intelligence for the past 15 years" and "led the negotiations between Malaysian authorities and the Sulu gunmen's leader in Kampong Tanduo." ...more

Dissolve the RCI Technical Working Committee

KOTA KINABALU, January 7, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has asked Tan Sri Pairin to dissolve the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) Technical Working Committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah.

The call was made after the Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the RCI Technical Working Committee, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, vowed, yet again to the media yesterday that the report of the committee will be ready by this year.

"It is hard for the people of Sabah to accept that the report takes more than a year to complete”, said Edward Dagul, SAPP`s Deputy President.

“This is not a new issue. These illegal immigrant problems and other associated issues have been there for decades. Tan Sri Pairin, being a former Chief Minister, should have all these facts and figures at his fingertips or at least within his committee members reach” added Edward.

The Working Technical Committee was set up to compile feedbacks and to provide recommendations on how to resolve this illegal immigrant problem. This report would then be forwarded to the main committee. Tan Sri Pairin had earlier said that the report would be ready for submission in July 2015, which did not happen. He later reportedly said that it would be ready in December 2015, which again turned out to be another empty promise! ...more

Year 2015 has been tough but Sabah becoming more resilient

KOTA KINABALU, December 30, 2015: In an environment of economic downturn, Sabahans like most Malaysians, would have to tighten our belts further in weathering the coming year. Be that as it may, out of the top ten events that have an impact on Sabah's future, eight are positive in the long run, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"The emergence of non-party activists fighting for Sabah rights, like SSKM, the author of the book Queen's Obligations, MOSIK and other NGOs is a sure sign that ordinary Sabahans are taking up the fight for Sabah rights. The sedition trial of the "Tuaran 4" will bring forth the many grievances of Sabahans. Similarly, the claim for the "40% entitlement" led by a senior federal Minister with activists, professionals and the local opposition, shows a nonpartisan unity of fellow Sabahans fighting for Sabah... more

What about those already in Sabah?

KOTA KINABALU, November 28, 2015: If the Sabah government is serious about implementing the resolution of the Sabah Legislative Assembly “to ban anyone who link themselves to self-styled Sulu Sultan,” then the government must start background checks at all entry points into Sabah, including our airports, sea ports and land borders, said former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Yong who is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President pointed out that Category number 1 are holders of Philippines passports. Category number 2 are those with dubious identity cards (MyKad). Since some of this category are already in Sabah, the question of “banning” them from entry could not arise. What does the Government intend to do then? ...more

Perfect storm brewing at Sabah's eastern border?

KOTA KINABALU, November 25, 2015: Reports of the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) teaming up with the extremist ISIS and the Abu Sayyaf bandits together with the self-styled Sulu Sultan family is a serious cause for concern, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee ...more

USA chairman: "Reveal full report by Technical Committee"

KOTA KINABALU, November 19, 2015: United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah has strongly urged for the full report of the Technical Committee on the illegal immigrants to be made known to the public.

Gabungan’s chairman, Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Haji Mansoor said this following the recent press statements from various quarters regarding the issue.

“It is prudent for the Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, to reveal the full report of the Technical Committee on the illegal immigrants as soon as possible,” said Datuk Mohd Noor.

The public should be informed on what measures the government intends to implement to eradicate this illegal immigrants problem in Sabah.

It is a question of sovereignty of the nation, added Datuk Mohd Noor. It is not something to be taken lightly. When the sovereignty is compromised, then the security of Sabahans are at risk.

“For example, many are of the opinion that the kidnappings in Sabah’s East Coast can be stopped, once the number of the dubious IC holders are reduced. How does one fight the enemy when the enemy lies amidst us?” he quipped.

He further added that maybe with the release of the Technical Committee’s findings, it may also stop others from offering preposterous suggestions such as outright granting of citizenships to third generation illegal immigrants ...more

SAPP Wanita joins Sabah Cheshire Home bazaar fund-raising sales

KOTA KINABALU, November 13, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Women's Movement joined the Sabah Cheshire Home Bazaar fund-raising sales held last Sunday at the latter's premises in Likas.

The charity event was aimed at raising funds to helping Sabah Cheshire Home of the less fortunate because most of the proceeds will be donated to the said home.

Sabah Cheshire Home is a private, non-profit and charitable organisation which provides care for persons with disabilities regardless of race, religion and culture.

According to SAPP women chief Chia Miu Lee, the party's women wing's participation in the charity events aims at promoting a caring attitude in particular to those who are in actual need which is vitally important to develop a critical awareness of our social responsibility at all times which is in line with the SAPP's party culture ...more

Bridging the East-West gap needs more than just Pan-Borneo Highway

KOTA KINABALU, November 2, 2015: Efforts to bridge the disparity between West Malaysia and East Malaysia need than just promising Sabahan the Pan Borneo Highway which will only be completed in 2021.

Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Melanie Chia said Sabahans waited almost 10 years to get the Bus Rapid Transit for Kota Kinabalu.

The Federal Government had announced a superior public transportation system in the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) and the establishment of the Public Transport Trust Fund was set up then  ...more

PM failed to acknowledge Sabah's right to 40% entitlement

KOTA KINABALU, 24 October, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee today expressed disappointment that the PM's speech today on the 2016 budget did not even acknowledge Sabah's right to the 40% entitlement (net federal revenues derived in Sabah).

"Although it can be argued that the calculation of the quantum of the 40% of net federal revenues derived from Sabah might still take some time, at least, the PM cum Finance Minister, should have acknowledged the matter which has been presented to him earlier his year," said Yong who is a member of the Special Committee on Sabah issues chaired by Sabah Star Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan ...more

Sabah IC is a legal and constitutional document

KOTA KINABALU, October 19, 2015: Sabah will finally be able to safeguard its citizenship status from being illegally attained with the empowerment to issue Sabah IC (identification card), said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

The Sabah IC will enable the state government to filter out any dubious MyKad or IC through a stringent process that will require applicants to provide relevant proof of their birth status. The process will also inadvertently deter disingenuous applications for the states citizenship, explained Yong.

This is a very old problem and we have been discussing how to solve the problem of illegal immigrants or IC many times. Illegal immigrants entering Sabah is a subject that needs the governments holistic action. Sabah must also self-help by the materialization of Sabah IC. Sabah IC is not a new citizenship document, elaborated Yong while stressing that Sabah IC is a legal and constitutional document ...more

Sabah should brace for more cross-border threats

KOTA KINABALU, October 6, 2015: Sabah should brace itself for another period of violent conflict at its eastern border with the Philippines due to the Philippines government`s failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee said.

"This failure to pass the BBL to grant autonomy to the Bangsamoro homeland is in contravention of the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebel forces and the Philippines government for which the agreement are sponsored by the Malaysian government ...more

Sabah must emulate Sarawak and recognise UEC immediately

KOTA KINABALU, September 22, 2015: The Sabah government should emulate the bold decision of its Sarawak counterpart in recognizing the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), instead of continue to wait for the much-delayed response from the Federal Government, said Melanie Chia, deputy president for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

“The Sarawak Government has again flexed her autonomous stance in having her own say in education. The prelude to this had been a series of request from the state government demanding for increase in oil royalty culminating in the recent full autonomy talk with the Federal Government.

“The Sarawak state government in making this historical decision has exercised authority under the power of the state government and outlined clearly the effects and implementation of this decision made at the state level ...more

SAPP's autonomy struggle proven correct

KOTA KINABALU, September 21, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said his party's struggle for autonomy has been proven correct even by their political opponents.

"Our struggle for autonomy is and has always been correct. Our political opponents criticised 'Sabah autonomy' as not possible, not practical, it all depends on Kuala Lumpur (KL) and so on. But now even Malayan parties have accepted Sabah's autonomy.

"In today's newspapers we read that law experts, professors and political veterans have agreed that autonomy is the way forward to save Malaysia. Now more people are waking to the window of opportunity that SAPP has been talking about since 2008," he said ...more

PM statement confirms non-compliance of MA63

KOTA KINABALU, September 18, 2015: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak`s announcement of ensuring that 90 percent of Sabah teaching force would be local born Sabahans within the next three years again confirmed the non-compliance of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, said Edward Dagul, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President.

"Borneonisation is an integral part of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and should have been complied with from the date of formation of the federation of Malaysia," he said.

"Our Right as Sabahan were ignored by the federal authorities for years. Then suddenly, The PM magnaimously announced it as if it was a special gift to the people of Sabah.

"This continue mind twisting overtures from federal leader need to stop. The fact that the PM is merely adhering to the Borneonisation of the civil service clause of the MA63 should not coated and seen to be a generous gesture," ...more

USA: Time to unite Sabah parties

KUNDASANG, September 1, 2015:  The United Sabah Alliance (USA) started off with Sabah Day celebrations on August 31, to press for the recognition of the true interpretation of independence among the people of Malaysia, especially Sabahans.

The event was participated by about two thousand supporters held to mark Sabah’s 52 years of independence from colonial rule, organised by newly formed coalition called United Sabah Alliance (USA).

Those present included veteran politician-cum-USA chairman Datuk Hj Mohd Noor Mansoor, Sabah Star chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, APS chairman Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and GPS chairman Datuk Kalakau Untol ...more

Postcard launch tribute to mountain guide heroes

KOTA KINABALU, August 29, 2015: A special 'Postcard' launching was held on August 28 to commemorate the earthquake on 5th June 2015 which killed many people including 4 mountain guides was organised by local NGO Sabah Youth Solidarity.

The postcards depicting Sabah's mountain guides' bravery and selflessness who risked their lives in protecting their guests during the deadly 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Ranau.

This spirit inspires all the people of Sabah and when floods swept mud and debris across the area of Kota Belud and Ranau, people from all walks of life regardless of race and religion came together in solidarity to help these victims.

SYS hopes that through this postcard campaign could put across the message of our Sabahan spirit and solidarity ...more

SAPP leaves it to its members on Bersih rally

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) says it is up to its members whether they want to join Bersih 4.0 rally.

SAPP supreme councillor Yong Yit Yoong said that members are free to join at their own free will as individuals but they are not allowed to use SAPP as their platform because this rally is organised by the Sabah Bersih which supposedly to be non-political and by the people.

He said that SAPP members had joined Bersih events in the past and did not fly the party's flag as it would be a disrespect to the hard work and effort by the rally organisers.

SAPP will be involved in a prior commitment with United Sabah Alliance and other NGOs where a series of events that starts from 29th August till 31st August at its final destination in Kundasang celebrating 52 years of Independence Day for Sabah themed "Sabah Day 2015". Therefore, Yong said, some events will definitely clash with the rally date ...more

Max, be honest to us Sabahans

KOTA KINABALU, August 27, 2015: The Minister YB Datuk Dr Maximus' statement appeared that he had put himself into the 'chicken or the egg first dilemma', or he is not honest to the Sabahans who are highlighting their pleas and seeking their rightful place in the country Malaysia which was jointly formed by Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak and Singapore in 1963, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Melanie Chia Chui Ket in a statement yesterday.

"One the one hand, he said Sabah should have more autonomy but on the other hand, he is stressing that without Federal funding, it will not be possible to carry out planned projects in Sabah ...more

United Sabah Alliance "Sabah Day" Do

KOTA KINABALU, August 22, 2015: United Sabah Alliance (USA) a grouping of local political parties and local NGOs will jointly organize the celebration of Sabah's 52nd year of Independence on August 31 at Kundasang Town, said Japiril Suhaimin in a press conference today.

He said the organising committee has held a series of meetings previously and had already made preparations for the event. He added that the celebration of "Sabah Day" is not only an opportunity to establish rapport among the Sabah local opposition parties and NGOs but also intends to provide assurance and restore the confidence of local and foreign tourists to visit Kundasang as a tourist destination ...more

Petition may go all the way to UN after federal rejects appeal

KOTA KINABALU, August 21, 2015: Two former civil servants have lost their final appeals to sue and compel the Federal and Sabah governments to implement the Borneonisation policy in the civil service.

The two men, ex-police inspector Bernard Fung Fon Chen, 73, and former teacher Mohd Nazib Maidan, 38, exhausted all their legal avenues yesterday after the Federal Court dismissed their application for leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal decision.

The policy provided the special rights for Sabahans and Sarawakians to be appointed to the top posts in the civil service of both states.

In the judgment dated Feb 1, 2013, the Court of Appeal had agreed with the Federal and Sabah governments that both men had no locus standi to sue them ...more

Six months window of opportunity for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, August 20, 2015: The six months that Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak has given himself to resolve the 1MDB issue is a window of opportunity for Sabah and Sarawak to complete the "autonomy talks" to transfer federal powers and funds back to Sabah and Sarawak, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Whether this six month period is meant for 1MDB to pay off its loans or for it to clean up the mess before the PM leaves, either way, it is possible that the PM has decided to leave after his self-imposed grace period of six months ...more

Harris got it wrong again on NBT, SAS

KOTA KINABALU, August 20, 2015: "Tan Sri Harris Mohd Salleh is getting it wrong again in claiming that the transactions between Warisan Harta concerning NBT shares caused "many investors to lose their savings of about RM 300 million. There is no such thing", said SAPP information Chief Chong Pit Fah when asked to comment on Harris's claims that SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee had caused the losses of RM300 million to investors when Datuk Yong was the Chief Minister almost 20 years ago.

"l remember clearly that at a debate between Harris and Yong in October 2013 at the Sabah Golf and Country Club, Harris asked and Yong replied about the same issue, Yong even showed newspaper cuttings of the defamation trial between Yong and former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr. Yee Moh Chai, Harris had seemed satisfied with Yong's answers that there was no losses incurred by investors in the so-called Warisan Harta /NBT shares issue," ...more

New DPM reminded of his promise on Tanduo incursion

KOTA KINABALU, August 19, 2015: The chaos and climate of mutual suspicions within the BN stirred by the Deputy Prime Minister's revelation of an UMNO plotter, who is an MP, to topple the BN government is reminiscent of another of his disclosures in 2013 that he would reveal the identity of three opposition leaders allegedly behind the February 2013 Sulu incursion at Tanduo Lahad Datu, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a press statement yesterday.

"Datuk Zahid, as the then defence minister, had on April 27, 2013 on the eve of early polling by security personnel during the last general elections, similarly alleged that he had evidence of three opposition leaders, one of whom he said is from Sabah, being behind the 2013 Sulu Intrusion. He had said that his (Defence) Ministry had identified the three culprits behind the armed intrusion by Sulu terrorists. He said that action would only be taken against the three opposition leaders after the general election ...more

Resolve the Sabah PTI problems first before considering Bangladeshis

KOTA KINABALU, August 19, 2015: The silence of the RCI Technical working committee to reveal the findings and the recommendations of the committee begs the question on what are the priorities of the Sabah BN leadership, said Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President in a press statement issued yesterday.

“It has been more than a month since we made the call to the RCI technical working committee led by Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan to make known to the people of Sabah what are the outcome of the findings and recommendations of the committee are, stated Edward.

“Has this problem been reduced to a non critical issue? Is it an issue that can be delayed indefinitely?...more

Sabah was once a country

KOTA KINABALU, August 10, 2015: Sabahans should never forget that our State was once a country from August 31, 1963, before the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice Youth Chief Yong Yit Yoong said the history and education on the formation of Malaysia was downplayed.

“The Federal Government should stop counting from 1957 and start counting from 1963 throughout Malaysia, not only in Sabah.”

Yong, who is also SAPP Supreme Councillor, said that during a Black Sunday 2.0 gathering organized by the party at Gaya Street here yesterday...more

Time for full autonomy for Sabah, Sarawak

KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said now is the time for full autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners to Malaya. "With full autonomy, Sabah (and Sarawak) would not be made to bear the RM600 billion debt of the Federal government incurred as a result of over spending on projects in Malaya," ...more

Sabah govt's silence on 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers worrying

KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015: If Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan can respond to my query on the proposed opening up of Sabah ports to China investors, why is the government completely silent on the disturbing news of the 1.5 million new foreign workers from Bangladesh? ...more

Yong: I never took away 900,000 acres of land and did not abolish the 400,000 Yayasan share certificates

KOTA KINABALU, July 26, 2015: In referring to Tan Sri Harris Salleh’s statement on Saturday in the Daily Express, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said: "It is a sign of a confused man to say that I, through my, “(Yong’s) actions in taking away over 900,000 acres (of land) reserved for Sabahans and the abolition of over 400,000 Yayasan Shares certificates” ...more

Sabah should reject influx of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers

KOTA KINABALU, July 26, 2015: The Sabah government should firmly reject the importation of Bangladeshi workers into Sabah from among the 1.5 million workers to be brought in to Malaysia starting later this year, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, on Saturday...more

SAPP leaders humiliated and ridiculed by Junz Wong's lie

KOTA KINABALU, 25 July 2015: DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong's publication of the Consent Judgement and his retraction and apology in his FaceBook account of the allegation made against Datuk Yong Teck Lee for having received RM50 million from the Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak before the 13th General Election had also brought great relief to Melanie Chia, SAPP Deputy President and the former Luyang State Assemblywoman ...more

Sabah might get additional 7 seats or more

KOTA KINABALU, 24 July 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) took the initiative to arrange a courtesy call to the director's office of the Election Commission here to get some answers on the status of the redelineation exercise by the department.

The exercise to redraw electoral boundaries is supposed to be carried out once every eight years to cater to development and the increase in the number of voters which was supposed to start last year.

The courtesy call which was led by Japiril Suhaimin, who is SAPP vice president and Treasurer-General, was told by the EC Director Datuk Hj Md Idrus Ismail during the meeting that the new redelineation exercise issue that had stalled since April 2014 because the EC had to concentrate its attention on the delineation of 11 new areas in Sarawak state assembly which automatically will be dissolved in June 2016 ...more

DAP assemblyman's retraction and apology to Yong for RM50 million lie

KOTA KINABALU, July 24, 2015: DAP’s Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong has published a retraction and apology over the rumours spread by DAP that SAPP Yong Teck Lee had received RM50 million from BN during the last general election. This retraction and apology by DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong was published in advertisements in the Chinese newspapers, See Hua Daily News and OCDN.

The apology was also for the defamation which was also spread during the last General Elections through the social media by Junz Wong through his facebook account that Yong had worked out a RM50 million deal with BN, a vicious and dirty tactic employed by DAP to achieve their politics. Apology is made following a Court Order made on 3 December 2014 on Junz Wong ...more

"Tan Sri Harris, are you not a Sabahan too?"

KOTA KINABALU, July 23, 2015: Ex-Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris should not be cursed for failing to claim the "40% entitlement" contained in the federal constitution. There have been 6 Prime Ministers, 9 federal finance ministers, 13 Sabah Chief Ministers and 9 Sabah Finance ministers. There have been countless officers at the Attorney General Chambers and finance ministries at both state and federal levels responsible for drawing up the budgets, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee ...more

"40 per cent entitlement" Oct 23 Budget Day

KOTA KINABALU, July 21, 2015: The issue of the 40% revenue entitlement collected by the federal government to be reimbursed to Sabah has already been studied by a team led by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan. This "40% entitlement" has been scrutinised by constitutional law experts engaged by Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman. Presentations have been made by lawyers at the recent UMS Forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A follow up, closed-door discussion with Datuk Anifah, Dr. Jeffrey, lawyer Tuan Hj. Ansari Abdullah, academic Zainal Ajamain, myself and others had gone through all the issues relating to the "40% entitlement" under the federal constitution, said Datuk Yong Teck Lee, president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) ...more

Keep Sabah ports in 'Sabahans' hands

KOTA KINABALU, July 20, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) calls on the Chief Minister and the Sabah Minister of Infrastructure to clarify press reports that Sabah's ports, especially the container port at Sepanggar, will be open to investors from China ...more

STAR, SAPP and APS leaders call on veteran Sabah political leader Datuk Hj. Mohd Noor on Hari Raya Aidilfitri

KOTA KINABALU, July 18, 2015: Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan(STAR), Datuk Kalakau Untol( APS) and Datuk Yong Teck Lee with other SAPP leaders, visited the residence of former minister of Finance, Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor in Putatan on Friday, the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Mohd Noor is also chairman of the United Sabah Alliance, a grouping of Sabah-based opposition parties and NGOs which was formed in March 2015.

The group also met with Star Sabah Chairman cum Bingkor Assemblyman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan as well as Datuk Kalakau Untol( APS) ...more

Solidarity for Sabah, SAPP Tandek's humanitarian touch

RANAU, July 14, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Tandek recently distributed humanitarian aid in the form of rice and mineral water to earthquake and mudslide victims in Ranau.

A convoy of two 4-wheel drive vehicles, an SUV as well as a 10-ton lorry laden for 13 tons containing of rice, 600 cartons of bottled water had traveled to the distribution site escorted by two police outriders from Kota Marudu.

The said humanitarian aid was a mission carried out in collaboration with Tung Fatt Lion Dance Association (Bumiputra), Kota Marudu ...more

SAPP Youth hosts Bubur Lambuk charity event

KOTA KINABALU, July 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today organised another "Bubur Lambuk" charity program in Kota Kinabalu, after receiving positive feedback from a recent charity program held on 27 June 2015 in Kundasang.

According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, this program was aimed at preserving and promoting the ‘spirit of solidarity’ among Sabahans which was seen during the catastrophic earthquake in Ranau Kundasang, where people from all walks of life came together to help the victims.

The said charity program held here distributed 1,000 packs of porridge called "Bubur Lambuk" to residents around Kota Kinabalu for breaking of fast in the month of Ramadhan ...more

Legal actions against govt if 999 leases not restored to owners

KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015: Legal actions can be initiated by land owners whose rights have been arbitrarily and without valid reason trampled upon by the government. Before the 2013 general elections, land owners at Sandakan, Kudat and Lahad Datu have brought to our attention cases of their 999-land leases been revoked and replaced with a mere 99-lease backdated to the date of issue of the original title. This prompted SAPP to include in the manifesto that 999-year leases shall be reinstated.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the latest case concerns a family homestead at Cecily (Pei Ying School area) Sandakan whose 999-year land title effective 12 November 1913 was suddenly, without notice and without valid reason revoked and replaced with a 99-year lease. There is not even any sub-division of land in this case. ...more

Why the silence from the PTI Technical Committee

KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has aired concern that the proposals submitted to the Technical committee on Immigrant Management has not been deliberated on and that the whole exercise was just another Barisan Nasional wayang kulit. Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President said this in a press statement issued yesterday ...more

Yong: School bus operators provide great public service

KOTA KINABALU, June 29, 2015: School bus operators are praised for their good performance in providing quality service to students who depend on them to get to and from school from their homes.

Its advisor, Datuk Yong Teck Lee said bus operators' responsibility including the safety, punctuality and comfort of the students are important while ensuring that all students are accounted for at each and every trip.

"Your service has made it possible for many parents and guardians to carry on their work and businesses with the confidence that their children are well taken care of during their trips to and from schools," he said ...more

What is Malaysia doing about the Philippine stake over Sabah again

KOTA KINABALU, June 20, 2015: Malaysia must wake up to the dangers of the emotions of Filipinos being stirred up by the Philippines government's persistent claim on Sabah, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee. "This is because the Philippines have once again launched a propaganda campaign to lift the expectations of the Filipino people that they have a chance of grabbing Sabah," ...more

Unfreeze accounts of companies cleared

KOTA KINABALU, June 17, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to quickly release bank account of companies that has been cleared after investigations during the "Ops BS". Vice President cum Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said SAPP lauded the action by the MACC in the conducting the massive operations against corruption in Sabah. The operations had resulted in more than 1,000 bank accounts of companies in Sabah being frozen to facilitate investigations since end of last month ...more

SAPP proven right in not joining PR

KOTA KINABALU, June 15, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has been proven right in not joining the opposition front, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which not only failed to fight for Sabah's autonomy and rights but also has ceased to exist due to internal conflicts.

Its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee (pic) said top Pakatan leaders themselves had confessed that the opposition coalition no longer existed.

"SAPP was challenged by top Pakatan leaders to join Pakatan claiming that 'only Pakatan can defeat BN'. But where is Pakatan today? What has happened to the Pakatan YBs who were elected? ...more

Local donations for earthquake victims

KUNDASANG: June 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) yesterday visited Kampung Mesilou to hand over donations to the victims.

Its JKKK chairman Japudin Gandipal, Village chief Tony Gabintal and a couple of villagers were present to receive them. Kampung Mesilou, about 2 km from Kundasang town where some parts of the roads are sinking deeper every hour and water pipes cracking are visible as small tremors continue to occur every few hours.

The SAPP group was led by its party Treasurer-General Japiril Suhaimin, who is also SAPP chief for Kundasang handed donations in the form of rice, packet noodles, cooking oil and some cash ...more

Go after mountain nudists without fear

KOTA KINABALU, June 10, 2015: The authorities should take stern action against the mountain nudists without fear, said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

“Their vulgarities and nude acts bordering on group orgy at Mount Kinabalu has deeply hurt the dignity of their hosts, the Sabah people, and the awe and respect that people have for the majestic mountain that we call Kinabalu, the symbol of the unity of the Sabah people," he said.

"The mountain nudists have deliberately and maliciously desecrated our national symbol and the beliefs of local people towards the mountain."

Yong said that instead of showing remorse, the mountain nudists have instead continued to spew insults at Sabah ...more

Apportion GST revenue to state, local govts

KOTA KINABALU, June 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee has proposed channeling part of the revenue collected from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) directly to the state governments and let them decide how to use the money.

Yong suggested that out of the six per cent GST, two per cent should go to the Federal Government, two per cent to the state governments and two per cent to the local governments.

Yong pointed out that the state governments always had to apply for allocation from the Federal Government.

However, he said the Federal Government might not be able to grant the total amount which the state governments applied for ...more

Parliamentary reforms should restore 1963 spirit of Malaysia formation

KOTA KINABALU, Thursday 22 May 2015: SAPP deputy president, Edward Dagul, said that the documentary evidence, including parliamentary records or Hansard, point towards the intention to ensure that Malaya should not have a 2/3 control over Parliament. It was because of the fear of an over dominant Malaya vis a vis the Borneo territories and Singapore that in 1963, it was a deliberate intention of the founding fathers that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore shall have more than one third of the MP seats in the new Malaysian parliament ...more

Yong: Give Sabah a chance

KOTA KINABALU, May 20, 2015: "Ban barter trading", "CCTVs not clear", "community to be blamed", "suspected inside job", "kidnap happened in between police shifts," "we cannot have a patrol boat every 100 meter," big ransom sum demanded," "long coastline" are some responses of security officials who never cease to amuse the people. Instead of protecting barter traders and resort operators, our police are asking them to close down ...more

Ocean King kidnap: authorities done their best, so now how?

KOTA KINABALU, May 15, 2015: The audacity of the cross border kidnappers to strike at the heart of Sandakan on the mainland of Sabah during curfew hours shows the contempt that these foreign gunmen have for our security forces.

Once again, the foreign intruding gunmen have inflicted so much humiliation on Malaysia that neither a ministerial "resignation in disgrace" nor another "RM500 offer to slap Home Minister" will be enough to appease the anger of Sabahans or restore the confidence of the people towards the authorities in securing Sabah.

As usual and again, while the government and Home Minister only lose face, it is Sabahans who pay the heavy price, in every sense of the word "price" ...more

Yong: Rejection of PI/Sulu Claim on Sabah must be resolute and unambiguous

KOTA KINABALU, May 12, 2015: Malaysia and Sabahans total rejection of the Philippines/Sulu claim on Sabah must be resolute, unambiguous and firm and backed by solid actions on the security, economic and diplomatic fronts. But, instead of being clear and firm, the Malaysian government seems to have sent a disastrously wrong signal to the Philippines that Malaysia is willing to entertain the idea of the possible inclusion of Sabah (and Sarawak) into the proposed Bangsamoro republic ...more

Peaceful protest on Sabah's issues by SAPP Youth

KOTA KINABALU, May 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth staged a peaceful gathering to highlight issues such as Borneonisation, Cabotage policy, Good and Services Tax (GST) and increased cost of living at Gaya Street, Sunday.

The supporters, numbering about 30,were seen about 9.30am carrying banners and placards asking for Sabahans’ rights to be protected, Sabah Identification Cards, abolishment of the cabotage policy, Borneonisation issues and GST.

The close to 20-minute peaceful assembly ended when they were directed by police personnel to disperse.

According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, they were having a peaceful demonstration to highlight to the public several issues that are burdening Sabahans ...more

Explain how Mat Malaya got off the drugs hook

KOTA KINABALU, May 10, 2015: To restore public confidence on law enforcement authorities and the justice system, the police has a responsibility to promptly solve the case of the alleged shooting of a mechanic at Inanam by Mat Malaya also known as Mohd Jusnaidi, reportedly a brother of an ex-federal minister Datuk Noh Omar ...more

No peace at Mindanao, Sabah should prepare for worse yet to come

KOTA KINABALU, April 27, 2015: Sabah should prepare for the worse yet to come out of the likely breakdown in peace efforts in the Southern Philippines, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee. He said political and security developments in the Philippines over the last one week revealed that, even with the direct intervention of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), the warring factions of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had not been able to reach a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to create a Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao ...more

Borneonisation case, justice delayed is justice denied

KOTA KINABALU, April 10, 2015: "The indefinite postponement of the Borneonisation case between two Sabahan ex-public servants and the federal and Sabah state governments is a classic case of "justice delayed is justice denied", said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"The Federal Court had earlier fixed April 13 as the hearing date in Kota Kinabalu to determine the issue of locus standi of ex-policeman Bernard Fung Fon Chen and ex-teacher Nazib Maidan to bring the civil suit against the Federal and State governments. But we have been informed by the lawyers Peter Marajin and Ken Yong that the case has been "vacated" or "dikeluarkan" from the list of cases to be heard on April 13. No other date has been set for this case.

Fung and Nazib have in 2011 initiated legal action to compel the Federal Government to implement the promise of Borneonisation of the public services in Sabah (and Sarawak) as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 ...more

Return post to Sabahan call

KOTA KINABALU, April 2, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants the new director post of the Sabah Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) to be given to a Sabahan.

SAPP Kota Kinabalu youth chief Dexter Chin said priority should be given a Sabahan to hold the director post at LKIM or any government post in Sabah.

He said the Barisan Nasional government as well as government agencies should be sensitive to the needs of the people of Sabah.

"Is there no one from Sabah who is capable to hold such director posts? What is lacking with the people of Sabah?" he asked after handing a memorandum to LKIM during a peaceful gathering at the LKIM office in Alam Mesra, Jalan Sulaman here yesterday ...more

City Hall needs to upkeep Central Market

KOTA KINABALU, April 2, 2015: City Hall needs to upkeep the hawkers' area at the Central Market here which is now a place of choice for the people to look for non-GST goods. Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President, Melanie Chia said that since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has materialised, the least the government can do was to ensure the business infrastructure and amenities were being well maintained ...more

"Yes, I will apologise if"

KOTA KINABALU, March 27, 2015: Sabah DAP demanded my apology for commenting on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang's call for a unity government with UMNO and other parties of the political divide. I will apologise if DAP can show how my statement of March 23 can twist Lim Kit Siang's statement (as quoted by Sabah DAP) posted on his blog two days later on March 25 which repeated Lim's call for a new coalition government  ...more

Foo tells 'ignorant' Chan to ask Jimmy Wong for truth

KOTA KINABALU, March 26, 2015: "If Sabah DAP Vice Chairman Chan Foong Hin really wants to know more about the term of Datuk Yong Teck Lee as Chief Minister for two years from 1996 to 1998, almost 17 years ago, all that Chan needs to do is ask his Sabah DAP Chief Jimmy Wong Sze Phin. Since it was so long ago, maybe Chan has forgotten this inconvenient truth.

Some of the things that Datuk Yong did for Sabah was the granting of lands to independent schools and to religious organisations in Sabah, including to give lands to schools for financial sustenance, a meritorious, non-racial civil service and security in Sabah by enhancing peace and development in the East Asean Growth Area.

"Jimmy Wong was an active Supreme Councillor of SAPP and close to Datuk Yong at all the times that Datuk Yong was Chief Minister", said Foo Fook Ming, who was a political secretary to Datuk Yong when Yong was Chief Minister. (Pic: An old photograph of Jimmy Wong with Harris and other Bersekutu leaders) ...more

Malaysia's future in "one country, two systems", no more "two-parties system"

KOTA KINABALU, March 24, 2015: The breakup of Pakatan Rakyat shows that the so-called "two-parties system" is a fallacy in Malaysia. The way forward for Malaysia is a "one country, two systems". This means that Malaya and its states can do what it wants, including the imposition of a religious theocratic state. But the Borneo territories of Sabah and Sarawak can exercise full autonomy in a "one-country, two-systems" within the federation of Malaysia whereby Borneo can insulate itself from the racial and religious extremism that is toxic to nation building.

It is hollow for Sabah DAP to "cut ties with PAS". If DAP is sincerely remorseful about their links with PAS, then DAP should leave the Selangor State government that includes PAS. And the DAP-led Penang government should remove PAS from its government ranks.

Sabah DAP should not think that their "cutting of ties" with PAS would absolve them from all the lies and false promises that they have made to the people. The DAP lies have now come back to haunt the party. PAS did not lie about hudud. It was DAP that lied to the people about hudud ...more

Borneonisation promise has been reneged

KOTA KINABALU, March 11, 2015: If Sabahans are not allowed to take the Borneonisation case to the courts, then they may have to petition the United Nations or initiate legal action in the United Kingdom. Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the Borneonisation of the public services in Sabah was a clear-cut promise and undertaking in the Malaysia Agreement 1963. "The same promise of Borneonisation (by the first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and others) was repeated many times in newspapers and official documents to lure Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia ...more

United Sabah Alliance formed

KOTA KINABALU, March 11, 2015: Sabah opposition parties band together to save state from extremism

Four Sabah-based opposition parties have formed an alliance, calling themselves the United Sabah Alliance, or USA, in short.

Led by former state Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor, the new alliance members comprised United Borneo Front (UBF), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), State Reform Party Sabah (Star Sabah) and Sabah Reform Movement (APS).

USA will combat efforts and threats posed by racial extremists in the state.

Parliament should censure government and minister for fanning racial sentiments

KOTA KINABALU, February 5, 2015: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement on boycotting Chinese traders who refuse to lower the prices of goods and that this was seen as an act of sabotage to create public anger against the government is utterly irresponsible and dangerous of a minister, says Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Melanie Chia Chui Ket ...more

Even EPF Sabah filled with p'sula officers

KOTA KINABALU, January 31, 2015: Peninsular Malaysians now it seems not only snap up teaching positions in Sabah but also fill up officer positions in the Employee Provident Fund's local office.

These claims were made by Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Amde Sidik, Friday, putting the trend down to the lack of the Borneonisation spirit.

His claim came following a query to the EPF as to why officer positions are being filled up by those from the peninsula while many Sabahans with diplomas and degrees were never given promotion.

"The usual reason is that peninsula officers had a high-quality performance record compared to Sabahans," said Amde on the EPF response...more

Education ministry has thrown the Malaysia Agreement into the dustbin

KOTA KINABALU, January 29, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the Malaysia Agreement is explicit that the Borneonisation of the civil service is a binding obligation on the Malaysian government. But, instead of gradually implementing Borneonisation of the civil service by replacing West Malaysian teachers with Sabah teachers, it seems that the government is speeding up the complete Malayanisation of the civil service in Sabah, especially in education and religion for whatever hidden agenda ...more

SAPP to pact with Sabah local parties next elections

KOTA KINABALU, January 22, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee compared that the party dissolution of 149 branches to the planting of padi - reverse is actually progress. Yong said that the Supreme Council decision on January 21 to close down 149 mostly inactive branches is to "re-allocate resources, manpower, time and energy" to constituencies where SAPP has better chances of contesting and winning in the next general elections.  Yong reasoned that, since SAPP is forming a pact with two other Sabah local parties and other NGOs, it follows that SAPP will not contest as many seats as in the last general elections because some constituencies will be contested by our partners in the Sabah parties coalition ...more

Barring schoolgirl wearing 'baju kurung' is stupid

COMMENT by Amde Sidik

I'm disgusted with this affair, Britney Nicole, from Long Semadoh, Lawas barred from attending a form three class at SMK Seri Mutiara, Cheras because she was wearing a 'baju kurung'.

I can only say, we find the most stupid authority and we have the most stupid people that run the school.

With this behaviour running public institution, would do nothing good for Malaysia.

Only Malay schoolgirl can wear baju kurung? I’ve never heard any other places in the world that a race like Malay has an exclusive right to school dresses or any dresses, not even the apartheid government in South Africa fifty years or so ago ...more

KK City mayor on meritocracy, not on race

KOTA KINABALU, January 10, 2015: SAPP believes that the extension of the current term of incumbent Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir for one year should be based on merits and not on racial grounds. All city halls face a wide variety of challenges that affect ordinary people directly. Similarly, the KK City Mayor's job is an unenviable task that requires the goodwill of the people and a strong team in City Hall. Datuk Abidin's four-year tenure has been relatively calm and we wish him all the best in carrying out his duties in the coming year ...more

Priority should be given to Sabah youths in Sabah teachers college

KOTA KINABALU, January 10, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Movement yesterday handed a memorandum to the Sabah Education Director Datuk Jame Alip to urge for Sabah youths to be given priority in entering the teaching profession at local teacher colleges in Sabah so as to fill the gap of local teachers in our primary and secondary schools in Sabah.

Based on the press statement recently it mentioned that out of more than 38,000 teachers in Sabah, 11,000 or 29% of whom are teachers from the Peninsula. About 3,000 teachers are from Kelantan and Terengganu where this states adversely affected by massive floods recently, causing the school opening to be postponed for a week in the whole of Malaysia ...more

Sabah should get more MP seats in review of electoral boundaries

KOTA KINABALU, January 9, 2015: "There are now 25 MP seats in Sabah, an increase of 9 from the original 16 MP seats in 1963 (or 56.2% increase). In Sarawak, there are now 31 MP seats, an increase of 7 from its 1963 number of 24 (up 29.1%). But in Malaysia as a whole, the number of MPs for Peninsula Malaysia has increased disproportionately by 59.6%. This is partly the result of Malaya taking over Singapore's quota of MP seats after Singapore left Malaysia in 1965 ...more

Air Asia Crash: More Damage Control Needed

KOTA KINABALU, January 2, 2015: More damage control is urgently needed if Sabah were to mitigate losses caused by the tragic air crash of Air Asia flight QZ8501, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee. "It does not matter that the ill fated air craft was flying from Indonesia to Singapore and that flight QZ8501 was an Air Asia Indonesian, not Malaysian, operation as claimed by Sabah tourism minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, in news reports today."

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