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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elections, land owners at Sandakan, Kudat and Lahad Datu have brought to our attention cases of their 999-land leases been revoked and replaced with a mere 99-lease backdated to the date of issue of the original title.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.

Following the Independent Monitoring and Action Committee (IMAC) meeting with Tan Sri Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and the Technical Committee on immigrant management on the 15th April 2015, SAPP has through its President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee submitted further materials on the 24th April 2015 for the Technical Committee’s further action.

The materials submitted included a position paper entitled Illegal immigrants in Sabah - The mother of all threats, as well as a witness statement by Datuk Yong Teck Lee in the RCI proceedings ...more

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

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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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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," he reasoned.

"Recently, Philippines President Benigno Aquino sternly declared that Manila would not give up its Sabah claim. And last week, the Philippines unveiled a 1734 map called the "Murillo map" in their tussle with China over some islands in the South China Sea. That map supposedly contains the entire territory of the Philippines, including the islands in dispute ...more

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?

"They are the ones who have joined BN. Look who is agonising now? Look at how both BN and Pakatan are fighting themselves. Both BN and Pakatan are agonising over what to do next because of their lies and of their false promises to the people  ...more

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 today urges the Speaker of Parliament to lead the reforms of Parliament to restore the spirit of the formation of Malaysia by first restoring the 1/3, 2/3 composition of Parliament.

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: Another cross border kidnapping is triggering another round of laughable statements from top officials that are causing more loss of confidence that the kidnapping itself because the statements make the people feel that the government does not have a grip on the security situation.

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

The Home ministry also shot down the Sabah Chief Minister's repeated proposal to have attack helicopters citing more time needed as though the Sandakan Ocean King kidnap was the first incident ...more

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.

According to a Philippines news report, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has received a formal invitation from an emissary of the Malaysian government "for exploratory talks on the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak into the Bangsamoro republic." The Philippines Star newspaper revealed that a Malaysian emissary met with the secretary general of the Sulu Sultanate, and reported their stand that the Sulu Sultanate has proprietary rights over the disputed territories (of Sabah and Sarawak) ...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.

Further, authorities must reinvestigate the alleged syabu smuggling by Mat Malaya at KK airport in 2007 and his subsequent "acquittal" in 2008 and whether he is suspected to have engaged in drug trafficking ever since 2008. The prosecutor office also should explain how Mat Malaya got away with an acquittal so that our justice system can live up to the maxim that "justice must not only be done but be seen to be done".

In view of his 2007 charge for drug trafficking, it is strange that he can be in possession of a fire arm. Or is this a case of illegal fire arm? This should be disclosed by the police ...more

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.

She said providing better amenities would lead to higher productivity which may be translated to higher income.

Chia accompanied by SAPP KK Zone Wanita Chief Siaw Shui Lan visited the first floor hawking area where clothing, shoes and some daily needs are sold at the Central Market ...more

"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.

I will also apologise if DAP denied earlier media reports, including the ones of Lim Kit Siang at Bukit Bintang last Sunday, calling for a "Save Malaysia" coalition government "with MPs from both sides of the political divide" to be led by a leader from "either side of the divide".

I will further apologise if DAP can name a Prime Minister if not the incumbent PM Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak to lead this coalition government. The reason, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is already disqualified. And the PAS leader Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has already been dismissed by DAP as "dishonest". Who does DAP think would be the PM in a DAP coalition with UMNO and other parties?  ....more

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.

"But this promise has been reneged," he said in his talk at the forum on the Formation of the Federation of Malaysia that specifically touched on Borneonisation in the Malaysia Agreement, at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) ...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.

She said such racist statement coming from a cabinet membe reflects the dismal failure of the national unity in Malaysia. His utterance will further harm the harmony among the races in Malaysia.

"The Minister is utterly naïve to suggest that it is only the traders who should bring down their prices in response to the drop in the prices of oil. He has forgotten that when the tariff for electricity was increased, the government was already forewarned of the spiraling effects of the spate of increases in energy price on the business community. And the effects of the increases in electricity tariff on the prices of goods and services have already been entrenched into the pricing in businesses ...more

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.

"Perhaps many other federal departments and agencies still practise the same…this is where the spirit of Borneonisation is obviously lacking ...more

Education ministry has thrown the Malaysia Agreement into the dustbin

KOTA KINABALU, January 29, 2015: The revelation today by the education department that only 64 out of the 598 new teachers arriving at Sabah this month are Sabahans shows that the education ministry has thrown the Malaysia Agreement 1963 into the dustbin, says SAPP.

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

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-alloacte resources, manpower, time and energy" to constituencies where SAPP has better chances of contesting and winning in the next general elections.

Yong reasoned that, since SAPP is forming a pact with two other Sabah local parties and other NGOs, it follows that SAPP will not contest as many seats as in the last general elections because some constituencies will be contested by our partners in the Sabah parties coalition ...more

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.

I think even asking a question, like, ‘what is your race?’ can in fact be construed as a racist remark, let alone barring a dress based for a race.

Are they going to say it’s all right for Malay to say? - 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.

Its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said it is unwise for politicians to insist that the Mayor must be of a certain race because that politician could come across as being racist and have no confidence in other races. In the recent public discourse over the KK City Mayor post, our MP for Kota Kinabalu Jimmy Wong Sze Phin had stated that the Mayor must be a Chinese. This is a skewed logic that puzzles not only the non-Chinese but also many Chinese. I feel that Jimmy Wong, who spends most of his time outside KK, has misjudged the mood of the people of Kota Kinabalu ...more

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: The Sabah Government would lose a golden opportunity to redress the Sabah (and Sarawak) political imbalance vis a vis the federal government if Sabah fails to push for an increase in the number of parliamentary seats for Sabah under the ongoing review of electoral boundaries, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

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

Yong said that when Malaysia was formed in 1963, 34.6% of the MP seats in Parliament were allocated to Sabah/Sarawak/Singapore as a safeguard against any amendment to the federal constitution that adversely affects Sabah/Sarawak/Singapore. Sabah originally had 16 MPs, Sarawak (24 MPs) and Singapore (15 MPs) ...more

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."

"The Air Asia brand is known globally to be a Malaysian success story which we cannot conveniently disown now that there has been an air crash. In the aftermath of the air crash, the most recognisable face in the international media is that of a Malaysian, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the Air Asia CEO who is showing exemplary leadership on behalf of Air Asia.

Oath stone replicas cause disharmony

KOTA KINABALU, December 27, 2014: DAP’s replicas of Oath Stone have caused disharmony among the people, said Aloysius Danim Siap, SAPP’s Vice President.

The assault case in Kg Mempulut, Sook has been in the headlines of local newspapers over the last week is an example of such disharmony.

“Before this, we never hear of such ruckus from the peace loving people of Sook.

“I feel DAP’s efforts are insulting the Momogun’s cultures and beliefs. When the original Keningau Oath Stone was erected, it was a solemn and sacred ceremony which was conducted by high priestesses or bobolians. It was done in a sombre and respectful manner and definitely not red ribbons affairs.

“We do not want our (Adat) custom to be tainted with cheap political gimmicks. Why do we need Malayan leaders to officiate a Momogun ceremony?” Aloysius questioned ...more

Sabah IC, the way forward

KOTA KINABALU, December 4, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the Sabah ICs remain the way forward to protect the rights of Sabahans and genuine Malaysians in Sabah and the most viable solution to the issue of dubious citizenship documents in Sabah because there is little confidence in the federal authorities to solve the illegals and dubious documents issue.

"In fact, the RCI has considered the Sabah IC proposal and, as the Chief Secretary admitted, the RCI only wanted to know the mechanism to issue the Sabah ICs. SAPP did submit the "mechanism" formula to the RCI at the request of the RCI Chairman, Tan Sri Steve Shim, upon hearing my testimony as a witness. In any case, Sabah used to issue our own ICs upon independence in 1963 until the 1980s. Since we were capable of issuing our own ICs before, why can't we set up the Sabah IC Department now? Lack of "mechanism" is simply a flimsy excuse ...more

Exempt Sabah from GST

KOTA KINABALU, November 26, 2014: The Government should exempt Sabah from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) next year in view of the state's bad economic shape that was further aggravated by the Federal Tourism Minister's statement on Sabah's security, recently.

"The abolishment of fuel subsidy, Cabotage Policy, oil and gas resources taken away coupled with the high cost of living are already pressing on Sabah's economy. Our only hope is the tourism industry, which has been a top income earner for Sabah.

"But, just because of the statement by Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz saying he cannot guarantee the safety of tourists coming to Sabah, the whole industry has gone down in a blink of an eye," said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President Chong Pit Fah ...more

Both Tourism and Home ministers should resign

KOTA KINABALU, November 24, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president said the federal tourism minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz's remarks that he was only "speaking the truth" that Sabah is not safe to visit has dubiously succeeded in further damaging Sabah's economy, especially the tourism sector.

"While the federal Home ministry, which is responsible for the security of Sabah, has failed to secure Sabah's east coast, the federal tourism ministry has now created a double tragedy for Sabah by broadcasting to the whole world that Sabah is not safe. Sadly, this minister has casted serious doubts over security not only in the East Coast but in the whole of Sabah," he said.

"In the face of this open assault on the dismal failure of the Home ministry by the Tourism minister in parliament, the honourable thing for the Home Minister now is to resign to take responsibility for the failure of his ministry ...more

Thanks to Sandakan MP for supporting SAPP's manifesto

KOTA KINABALU, November 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) thanks Sandakan MP Stephen Wong Tien Fatt for supporting the party’s manifesto to take back Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) for Sabah.

Vice President Chong Pit Fah said SAPP first announced the matter in 2012 at Tawau where it was first revealed that SESB be returned to the State Government.

Chong said that Melanie Chia Chui Ket had also proposed to the Sabah State Government to take back the ownership of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd. She made the proposal in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly when she was Assemblyperson for Luyang.

It was then incorporated into SAPP election manifesto for the 13th General Election.

“Although SAPP now does not have any elected representative in the state assembly or parliament for this term, our ideas and policies are being proven to be valid, practical and doable just like the Sabah IC, land reform proposals among others,” he said in a statement here.

Chong said Sabah could also learn a lesson or two from the announcement by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the Sarawak State Budget session recently that next year, Sarawak electric tariffs will be reduced ...more

Berani kerana benar bagi menuntut hak Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, November 21, 2014: Pemimpin Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP) yang dipanggil ke balai polis Karamunsing atas menganjurkan perhimpunan aman menuntut laporan Suruhan DiRaja (RCI) dikeluarkan secepat mungkin.

Pemimpin SAPP yang dipanggil adalah Timbalan President Encik Edward Dagul dan Puan Melanie Chia, Setiausaha Agung SAPP Datuk Richard Yong dan Ketua Pemuda SAPP Encik Jamain Sarudin.

Mereka diiringi oleh ahli-ahli parti termasuk Naib Presiden Puan Carrie Fong, Setiausaha Penganjur Encik Stephan Gaimin, Encik Foo Fook Ming dan ahli-ahli pemuda parti ...sebarkan

SAPP Youth stages peaceful protest over RCI report

KOTA KINABALU, November 17, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth yesterday held a peaceful protest in Chong Thien Vun Park and Gaya Street, calling for the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report to be tabled as soon as possible.

Despite the big presence of police, it did not dampen the spirit of more than 100 participants who braved the Sunday heat in the morning holding banners and placards.

SAPP Youth chief Jamain Sarudin said he did not expect the presence of a strong crowd because the Prime Minister had announced that the government would make public the findings of the RCI on illegal immigrants in Sabah early December.

The planned protest which was earlier made known through the news and social media was pre-empted by the Prime Minister during his visit to Sabah to attend the UPKO Congress.

He said this showed the campaign by SAPP youth and certain groups to call for the release of the report RCI in social media had been fruitful ...more

SAPP to hold assembly to press for release of RCI report

KOTA KINABALU, November 11, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will be conducting a peaceful assembly on Nov 16 to press for the release of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report on illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Its Youth Chief, Jamain Sarudin, said the peaceful assembly at 9am would see where participants assemble at Taman Chong Thien Vun before proceeding to Dataran Deasoka.

He said the assembly is not aimed at creating chaos or disturbance but to voice out the people’s concern over the yet-to- be released report.

“This is causing the people to be uneasy,” he said.

The RCI was formed prior to the 13th General Election and has called more than 200 witnesses and was completed in September last year ...more

CM, Keep Your Word on Seafront Projects

KOTA KINABALU, November 10, 2014: SAPP Deputy President Melanie Chia congratulated TAG2 for organising the dialogue on the Tanjung Aru Development this afternoon as this is a good sign and reflect well on the civil society in Kota Kinabalu.

The dialogue this afternoon also gave hope that the massive reclamation and development in Tanjung Aru is not a foregone conclusion especially when the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Studies (TOR for EIA) has not yet been approved as informed by the developer's consultants. It is good to know that nobody can be above the law.

She reminded that the Chief Minister had in previous occasions said (in and outside the state assembly) that there will be no more seafront reclamation. He should not eat his own words now! She reiterated again that we are not against development. ...more

Pakatan should leave Sabah and Sarawak to local opposition parties

KOTA KINABALU, November 5, 2014: Now that the elections are over, Pakatan Rakyat has shown its true colours that it is not qualified to rule the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak. Before the elections, Pakatan claimed that only Pakatan can defeat the BN. But this has proven to be wrong. To topple the BN, Malaya parties cannot avoid an alliance with Sabah and Sarawak local parties, especially since Pakatan has become much weaker after the 2013 elections. Pakatan must concentrate on Malaya and leave the Borneo States to local parties, especially since the sentiments of the Borneo people have surged towards full autonomy.

Pakatan is now in a major crisis because each of its component has different political ideology that debunks all its promises for Sabah in the last General Elections. In the last elections, DAP campaigned strongly for the people to vote PAS and Pakatan but now DAP leaders, including Lim Guan Eng, sing a different tune. This is simply lying to the people.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President, Chong Pit Fah, said Pakatan parties Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Pas and DAP continued to be at loggerheads with each other ...more

Birth Certs now, Mykads later?

By Yong Teck Lee

KOTA KINABALU, November 3, 2014: The issuance of birth certificates to stateless children will only compound the already critical situation of illegal immigrants submerging Sabahans. The people of Sabah, who are increasingly suspicious of the failure of the government to release the RCI report after a long delay, are now hit with another slap by the Home Minister who declared that stateless children will be issued birth certificates.

It is known that most of these children of illegal immigrants are street kids who have been separated from their parents. Some are foreign-born who came here with their parents. Some have been abandoned by their parents. Some have lost their parents because the parents have been detained and deported from their places of work like construction sites ...more

New OCPD promises to look into RM80 million slander

KOTA KINABALU, October 15, 2014: Deputy President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Mdm Melanie Chia together with some members made a courtesy call to the newly appointed OCPD Encik Chandra Muthu, at his Karamunsing office today.

During the courtesy call, the OCPD said he will look into the police report made more than a year ago on the RM80 million slander case that happened before the 13th General Election orchestrated by certain quarters to defame SAPP and its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, of having been offered as well as received the said amount in order to help BN during the last election.

At the meeting, Tuan Chandra also informed the group on the measures and efforts taken by the police to curb vices in the city ...more

Chinese schools promote unity

KOTA KINABALU, October 8, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President, Carrie Fong Tet Meng, today blasted PJ Utara UMNO division head for accusing Chinese primary schools of sowing racial and anti-government sentiments.

"On the contrary, Chinese schools, especially in Sabah have been very effective in promoting unity and harmony among the people by the mere fact that all Chinese primary schools are multi-racial and some schools even have non-Chinese majority students population," said Carrie.

Carrie said that in 2000, at the height of the debate on Vision School, the then Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad and his senior officials agreed with the SAPP delegation that Sabah's schools are harmonious and multi-racial and that there was no need for vision schools to replace Chinese schools in Sabah.

Carrie said that Chinese schools are professional and non-political. "Even if some school board members are politically affiliated, these board members do not bring politics into the school because any person trying to bring politics into the school would be reprimanded or ostracised by other school members. For good reason, Sabah is the first State to give direct grants to Chinese and aided-schools", said Carrie, Vice President, SAPP ...more

Learn from Scotland on autonomy or secession

KOTA KINABALU, October 7, 2014: "It is noteworthy that Federal minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan would prefer, if he has a choice, that Sabah and Sarawak be equal to Malaya and not just be one of 13 states in Malaysia," said SAPP President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee in responding to Rahman's clarification that Sabah has special status although Sabah is just one of 13 states in Malaysia. Being a Sabahan, Rahman should help restore Sabah's status as equal to Malaya as intended in the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

If Malaysia continues to refuse to honour the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, then the sentiments of "secession" among some Sabahans will surge. In my testimony to the RCI last year, I had warned that if the illegals issue was not resolved soon, then SSKM (Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia) will gain momentum, which is why we today read that the police are widening their probe against "secessionists". But any crack down will only energise SSKM. In facing secessionism, Malaysia should learn from the recent Scottish referendum which is that, unless Sabah gets the full autonomy promised when Malaysia was formed, then the "secessionism" will gain momentum ...more

Sabah oil revenues alone exceed federal funds to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, October 6, 2014: In commenting on news reports of Federal Minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan that federal funds to Sabah amount to 10 times of oil royalty, SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee today said that to compare oil royalties received by Sabah with the federal funds disbursed for Sabah is incomplete and misleading.

"The correct comparison is how much oil has been taken from Sabah compared with the 5% given back to Sabah. If the 5% royalties given to Sabah from 2002 to 2013 is RM5.8 billion, then it means that the Federal government, Petronas and its associates have derived RM110 billion in the same period. This RM110 billion alone is already more than the entire RM81 billion federal funds that Rahman said has been spent on Sabah in the same period. Datuk Rahman should have included this fact to complete the picture of Sabah in Malaysia ...more

Public should not be duped by "Solidarity with Junz Wong" fund raiser

KOTA KINABALU, October 6, 2014: SAPP KK Zone Youth Chief John Stephens said the people should support Sabah DAP Secretary-General Dr Edwin Bosi for promising to make sure the accounts of the “solidarity with Junz Wong” fund will be published in local newspapers.

“We thank Edwin Bosi for revealing that the RM100,000 funds to be collected from the public at the dinner on October 25 will be used to pay Junz Wong’s salary and Sabah DAP activities”

Can the public know how much is Junz Wong’s salary? An assemblyman’s total allowance is RM7,300 (tax free and without EPF contribution).  For 6 months’ salary, it means RM43,800 or 43.8% of the RM100,000 to be raised will go to YB Junz Wong ...more

Oil exporter Sabah should be benefiting from higher oil prices

KOTA KINABALU, October 3, 2014: Sabahans will experience more hardships in trying to cope with another round of spiralling price rises caused by yet another fuel hike, said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee today. "The impact of fuel hikes is not only on motorists. Fuel rises always have a chain effect on any goods and services that move. Sabah's vast geography and bad roads add to the costs of transportation ...more

Chong: Thanks to DAP Wong for exposé

KOTA KINABALU, October 3, 2014: "The people should thank Sabah DAP deputy chairman Wong Tien Fatt for exposing the truth today by confirming that actually DAP Sabah already has funds for its rural programmes for poor people using the RM200,000 donation received from Penang DAP on April 26 this year," said SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah.

"This exposure has made it necessary now for the Sabah DAP Socialist Youth leader Junz Wong to clear the air about his fund raising dinner on October 25 which Junz Wong said is for DAP's rural programmes and not for his legal battle with the Sabah Legislative Assembly over the lie at concerning the fake attack on a girl at Suria complex," said Chong.

Last week, Sabah DAP chief Jimmy Wong Sze Phin in the presence of Junz Wong had announced that his party is organising a fund raising dinner in solidarity with Junz Wong's court case against the Sabah Assembly. But after queries from ex-DAP leader Fred Fung and SAPP, Junz Wong had tried to justify the fund raising dinner by saying that the funds will be used for the DAP rural programmes instead ...more

Take action against renter of flat to illegals

SANDAKAN, October 2, 2014: SAPP Sandakan Zon Youth Chief Shahrizan bin Jainal said the action should be taken by law enforcement agencies to expel the illegal immigrants from the residential area of flats formerly known as TM quarters, beside Bandar Maju at Mile 1 ½, North Road.

Shahrizan received a complaint of local residents of the flats about these illegal immigrant is introduced to the area by a person for his own benefit on income and manpower.

According to these local residents, at least 3 units of the terraced cabins in front of flats were rented to the illegal immigrants by the person via unofficial deals. The person made a lie to local residents to defend these illegal immigrants as cleaning workers of the TM building beside the flats ...more

Time for Sedition Act to be abolished

KOTA KINABALU, October 1, 2014: "Like the Internal Security Act 1960, the Sedition Act 1948, has lost its credibility both as a deterrent and punitive law", said SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee in an interview with Radio Free Sarawak today.

"Its selective enforcement has brought the law into disrepute and made people angry. The most common legitimate complaint is that why are the likes of extremist Ibrahim Ali left off the hook whereas academics and opposition activists are targeted? The Sedition Act has lost its credibility", said Yong to Radio Free Sarawak which conducted its low key interview at Kota Kinabalu. "Therefore, like the Internal Security Act, the time has come for this Sedition Act to be abolished" said Yong ...more

Junz, you are answerable to the public

KOTA KINABALU, October 1, 2014: "Newly elected chief of the Socialist Youth of DAP Sabah, Junz Wong, said he does not want to answer to SAPP. But he cannot ignore the public whom he asks to part with their hard earned money to finance his folly for lying in the Sabah Legislative Assembly over the fake attack on the girl at Suria complex," said SAPP Youth Chief for the Kota Kinabalu zone in a statement today.

"People ask what has happened to the RM5 million pledge from defector Dr. Hiew King Cheu? Where is the RM200,000 given to Sabah DAP from Penang DAP? Has Sabah DAP approached the ex-shareholders of Pontian United Plantations which has sold Sabah oil palm lands to FELDA Global Ventures for RM1.2 billion last year?

"Will any of the public collections be used to pay the lawyer who is also a Sabah DAP Vice Chairman?" ...more

Nobody asked Junz to repeat lie in assembly

KOTA KINABALU, September 30, 2014: DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong should set a good example to young people by not behaving like a spoiled child with a bloated ego, said the SAPP new Wanita leader Chia Miu Lee.

Reacting to news reports that DAP was organising a fund raising dinner to fund a legal action by Junz Wong against the Sabah Legislative Assembly for suspending him for six months, Chia said:

"To ask the public to pay money merely to cover up his folly in the Suria girl case is the height of irresponsibility," she said at a press conference here Monday ...more

Ridiculous to raise funds for 'lies' of a YB

KOTA KINABALU, September 28, 2014:  Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the people of Sabah should not sacrifice their hard-earned money to pay "for the lies of their elected representative".

"Should the people of Sabah, being the poorest State in Malaysia, subsidise a Malaya party (DAP) which is in power in the two richest states?," asked SAPP Vice President cum Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah.

He said these were two fundamental questions from Sabahans concerning DAP Sabah's plan to hold a fund-raising dinner to support their organising secretary Junz Wong who has been suspended by the Sabah Legislative Assembly for lying in the Assembly about the fake attack on a girl at Suria Sabah shopping centre.

Chong said DAP members must also be asking why are DAP Sabah was not seeking donations from their counterparts in Penang and Selangor.

In a statement Saturday, he said DAP Sabah should also make public the RM200,000 donation received from Penang DAP at a grand dinner held on April 26 in Penang. "Why not use this RM200,000 to pay for the case of Junz Wong?" ...more

DAP Jimmy should stop playacting

KOTA KINABALU, September 25, 2014: "Sabah DAP chief Jimmy Wong should stop playacting about the defamation case against his colleague Junz Wong. First of all, he should tell Junz Wong to repent and apologise for his lies about the so-called "RM50 million bribe" and "Project M" against SAPP and myself.

Jimmy Wong for sure knows that the "RM50 million bribe" and "Project M" allegations made by Junz Wong against SAPP and myself are blatant and vicious lies. If Jimmy Wong, who has known me for close to 40 years, thinks that Junz Wong's serious accusations are not lies, then he would not be talking about forging a pact with SAPP" - Yong  Teck Lee ...more

Relocation decision unfair to both Kinarut folks and Gaya islanders

KOTA KINABALU, September 25, 2014: There is a total lack of compassion shown by the BN government in dealing with the people affected in this so called development exercise said Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President.

"The decision to relocate the Gaya Islanders to Kinarut is both unfair to the Kinarut folks and the Pulau Gaya Islanders.

"The whole dialogue session conducted yesterday was not to listen to people’s concern and apprehension. It was more of a “just to let you know” session. According to the report, SEDIA spokesman claimed to have carried out a study on Pulau Gaya since 2011, but was it carried out in Kinarut? Did the government agency seek the will of the Kinarut folks before shoving yet another project down the throats of the rakyat?

Edward, who is also CLC chairman for Kawang, said there are locals in Kg Gusi who have been squatting on government lands for more than 30 years. Not only have their land applications being rejected, now the lands that they have considered to be their homes are given away to outsiders and all for the sake of the so called development ...more

Another SAPP leader summoned

KOTA KINABALU, September 23, 2014: Another Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) leader, Foo Fook Ming, was summoned by the police to give his statement regarding the three-day public forum ‘Malaysia at Crossroads’ held in Kota Kinabalu last month.

Tuan Hj Amde Sidik, the public forum’s organising chairperson, was earlier called up by the police to give his statement on September 17.

Foo said in a statement yesterday that the overwhelming response to the ‘Malaysia at Crossroads’ forum showed that Sabahans love their beloved land and grateful that the truth of its history has been revealed.

“Many Sabahans now understand our real history, especially the younger generation. This is a very good platform and as Tuan Hj Amde Sidik said earlier, more similar kind of forums will be organised in future,” ...more

Forum organiser quizzed by cops

KOTA KINABALU, September 18, 2014: Police yesterday brought in for questioning the organiser of a recent forum entitled `Malaysia at Crossroads`, which, among others, discussed the growing concerns of Sabah's fate in the country.

Amde Sidek from the Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis (PiPPA) told the police that the forum was organised because the topic was very relevant now.

"We had speakers from both academic and politics who are held in high esteem and experts on these subjects.

"And, I don't think anyone was offended as the discussion and points raised were all based on facts and figures," Sidek said ...more

Settle issue face to face

By Amde Sidik (KOTA KINABALU, 12 September 2014)

I agree absolutely with the statement by the Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who preferred to listen to “separatists” instead of arresting them.

Listening to what these people have to say would enable the leaders to understand the real problem. Are these people really talking about separation, autonomy or self-rule? Many lawmakers can’t even explain what are these big words mean let alone people on the street. I 'm prepared to give 'lectures’ on the topics if need be by accompanying Dr Jeffrey, no big problem

I agree absolutely to Dr Jeffery's statement too, to deal with this is to take the bull by the horns and putting citizens in jails might paint very bad light to international community. People are now encouraged by the event in Scotland in which Scottish are voting for referendum in a week time or so ...more

Federal must understand why some Sabahans cry for secession

KOTA KINABALU, September 3, 2014: It is indicative of the sad state of the Malaysian federation today when top federal ministers chose Merdeka week to issue threats against Sabahans for being so-called "Sabah secessionists". I believe that after 51 (not 57) years in Malaysia, Sabah people are no longer frightened by such threats. The Deputy Prime Minister at Sipitang had warned of stern action against "secession talk". Yesterday, the Home Minister revealed an "imminent" crackdown against Sabah secessionists whom the government has "identified them".

I only hope that the Home Minister is not making another blunder like he did on the eve of GE13 early polling when he, as the then Defence Minister, accused but did not name "three opposition politicians" of being the master minds behind the 2013 Tanduo Lahad Datu Sulu Intrusion. Up till now, he has failed to fulfill his promise to identify the three opposition politicians ...more

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Congress 2014: President's speech

KOTA KINABALU, August 31, 2014: (TEXT) In the last one year, there have been rumours by some people that SAPP has closed shop. They laughed as us for having been completely defeated in the last elections. Yes, we have lost. But, no, we shall not surrender. SAPP has not, is not and will not close shop. We fight on.

Yes, we accept defeat. As your President, I apologise for the failure of SAPP to win any seat in the last elections. I share your disappointment. I share the humiliation you face from those who take pleasure in mocking us. Some members who could not stand the cold have left the Party. But you, delegates and members, have chosen to remain in SAPP because you can tough it out. As your President, I thank you. My pride in you gives me the remaining strengths to continue lead this party ...more

Youth and Wanita Convention 2014: Wanita Chief's Speech

In a blink of the eyes, my term as the Woman Chief of SAPP is coming to the end. Looking back at the four years that were, together with the rest of the Party, we had faced many challenges. Throughout this challenging time, the Women’s Wing remains steadfast and continues as an important trust in SAPP struggle.

The Women’s Wing of the Party had uphold the aim to empower the women as we believe that this is important in bringing about improvement in the wellbeing of the members and their families, with the eventual aim of bringing about better social wellbeing of the society, and therefore the country ...more

Youth  & Wanita Convention 2014: Youth Leader's Speech

Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada kamu, ahli ahli parti yang begitu bersemangat pada hari ini menunjukkan bahawa SAPP ini Parti yang masih relevan dan masih diperlukan demi Autonomi Sabah.

Dalam masa dua tahun sejak Kongres kita yang lalu, banyak sudah berlaku. Kita nampak tahap keberkesanan kita berkempen. Kita nampak samaada rakyat Sabah cukup matang untuk menerima manifesto kita atau sebaliknya.
Memang hati kita duka apabila kecundang di medan pilihanraya…

Ramai yang memperkecilkan kerja kita. Mereka merperlekehkan perjuangan kita. Kita dikatakan kacau daun. Kita dihina, dichop sebagai tali barut BN dan banyak lagi… Banyak duit keluar pada PRU13 lepas.. Selain daripada untuk menang, ada sponsor-sponsor yang keluarkan belanja besar agar SAPP kalah semua kerusi dan tutup kedai…

Sampaikan mesej untuk mereka ini, Yalah… kamu menanglah.. SAPP kalah semua kerusi tapi pada hari ini, …satu tahun, tiga bulan dan 24 hari selepas PRU13…. SAPP masih ada… Tidak tutup kedai… tutup Kedai tidak terlintas di minda semua pejuang pejuang negeri Sabah di dewan ini ...more

Congress 2014: Message from the President

KOTA KINABALU, August 30, 2014: (TEXT) "Humiliating defeat", "disastrous", "makan telur", "close shop" and other mocking, even vulgar, words were thrown at SAPP, our leaders and members after we had lost completely at the last general elections. The "victors" ridiculed us. We were laughed at. Those of us, a few, who were demoralised had left the Party. Those of us who are tough enough to brave the cold have chosen to remain in SAPP.

The fact that SAPP leaders and members continue to hold our heads high testify to the fact that our struggle is based on truths, sincerity and sacrifice. SAPP remains fearless. Our struggle remains honourable. Our members remain proud. The reason is that what we have said before are being vindicated.

The need for Sabah IC, the continuing land grabs, exploitation of Sabah's resources, rising costs of living, deteriorating security and the defection of Pakatan YBs have all been predicted by us.

Little or nothing is being done to rectify the injustices suffered by Sabah. Instead, both the BN and Pakatan leaders busy themselves with their internal power struggles, to the dismay of the people ...more & versi BM

Kongres 2014: Perutusan Ketua Wanita Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP)

KOTA KINABALU, Ogos 30, 2014: Mesyuarat agung tahunan bagi tahun ini membawa makna yang signifikan kepada saya, kerana ia adalah tahun pemilihan parti yang membawa simbolik perubahan dan pembaharuan kepada parti.

Keputusan pilhanraya tahun lepas, hanya merupakan satu cabaran permulaan bagi parti, dimana kita mesti mempertahankan konsep kuasa autonomi untuk memastikan Sabah mendapat hak-hak yang saksama seperti agihan pendapatan minyak yang lebih tinggi, peluang pekerjaan yang lebih banyak, pendidikan yang baik, taraf hidup yang lebih sempurna dan sebagainya.

Wanita sebagai sebahagian anggota dalam masyarakat, memainkan peranan yang amat penting dalam mengejar hasrat ini, dimana wanita hari ini tidak perlu lagi merendahkan diri sebagai seorang hamba, malah adalah penggerak dalam arus pembangungan negara.

Demi memastikan rakyat Sabah dan anak cucu kita mendapat hak-hak yang sewajarnya, bersama-samalah kita berganding bahu dalam usaha sedemikian ...more

Kongres 2014: Perutusan Ketua Pemuda Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP)

KOTA KINABALU, Ogos 30, 2014: Rakan-rakan seperjuangan yang saya hormati sekalian,

Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada semua cawangan-cawangan yang telah berjaya mengadakan mesyuarat-mesyuarat agung pada tahun ini.

Kongres kita pada tahun ini amat penting untuk masa depan SAPP dan Sabah. Ramai yang tertanya-tanya samada SAPP masih lagi wujud ataupun sudah hanyut setelah dihempas oleh ombak PRU13 yang lalu. Maka kehadiran kamu semua pada hari ini akan menjawab ketidak-pastian mereka.

Perhimpunan kita pada hari ini akan menunjukkan kepada semua bahawa SAPP bukan sahaja setakat masih wujud tapi SAPP masih relevan dalam memperjuangkan otonomi untuk Sabah yang tercinta ini.

Saya merasa cukup kagum dan bangga dengan seluruh warga pemuda di seluruh negeri Sabah yang telah bertungkus lumus menjayakan apa jua program-program yang diatur oleh pihak Parti demi persiapan jentera pilihanraya PRU13 ...more

10% LNG stake cannot replace 20% oil royalty

LABUAN, August 26, 2014:  Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice-president Edward Dagul said that the 10 per cent stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd 9 (LNG 9) plant in Bintulu, Sarawak given by the federal government to Sabah would never replace the 20 per cent oil royalty as stipulated in the 20 points.

Speaking before the 'Malaysia at Crossroads' public forum organised by SAPP here, Dagul said that the 10 per cent was only a token and not an oil royalty as what was agreed in the Malaysia Agreement or in the 20 points for Sabah.

"The 10 per cent can be translated into just a small token from one of Petronas subsidiaries. What we agreed then was Sabah has the right to have 20 per cent oil royalty from the total oil and gas annual income ...more

Yong questions Labuan-Sabah bridge project

LABUAN, August 25, 2014:  Former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee yesterday questioned why the federal government refused to build the bridge to link Labuan and Sabah.

Yong said when he was in the Barisan Nasional, Sabah was in favour of the bridge and he believed the state now still agreed to have the project.

“Last year Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the government would not build the bridge and I was surprised with the following statement by the federal minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who said that Sabah was cool on the bridge project.

“As far as I am concerned, the thing that Sabah is cool about is on the land swap proposal for a few thousand acres in Sabah mainland for the bridge landing project proposed by the former Sabah chief minister, Tan Sri Harris Salleh ... more

"Secession talk" - Solve the grievances, not use threats

KOTA KINABALU, August 19, 2014:  "The best way to act on secession talk is to solve the grievances of Sabahans over the failure of the Malaysian government to fulfill the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963," said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"Borneonisation of the civil service, autonomous control over immigration, security, land rights, oil and gas, religion, unemployment, poverty and cabotage policy are some key issues that are long overdue for a solution," said Yong. "Sabahans, especially natives, are increasingly aghast at the erosion of identity as Sabahan natives" ...more

Release findings of RCI to the public

KOTA KINABALU, August 11, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth demands that the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry ( RCI) on the Sabah illegal immigrants be made public.

A peaceful gathering to ask why the findings have not yet been made public was organised here in Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu (Gaya Street) by some twenty youths led by its Youth Chief, Edward Dagul.

We are puzzled why the findings of the RCI have not yet been made public by the authorities, said Edward.

The kidnappings, linked to the perennial problem of the large population of illegal immigrants in the east coast of Sabah in recent months have caused Sabahans great concern. The people of Sabah deserves better security, thus, the importance of the findings, coupled with, the RCI recommendations to the government ...more

Raya Second Day Visit

KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2014: Fostering goodwill and fellowship during Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) attended Hari Raya open houses hosted by its party leaders and friends around Kota Kinabalu area on their 2nd day visiting.

Led by its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and accompanied by his wife Datin Stella Yong, Secretary-General Richard Yong We Kong, Information Chief Chong Pit Fah, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Vice President Don Chin Hon Kiong, party leaders and members, they visited former Karambunai candidate Aziz Ibrahim at his residence in Kampung Likas. Also on the visiting list was Puan Norlela binti Malim and Mohd Omrah bin Antung from Kampung Likas.

At Aziz's Hari Raya open house, Yong also met the Sabah GBBM visiting group led by it Advisor Chin Vui Kai , deputy chairlady Shirley Ho and members exchanging greetings with each other.

SAPP has been consistent in its effort to preserve and cultivate the values of peace and harmony among the various ethnic races and multi-religious society of Sabah which is important to prevent polarisation which was unfortunately happening in other parts of Malaysia ... more

2014 Hari Raya Aidilfitri visits

KOTA KINABALU, July 29, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) as usual took time to visit Muslim leaders and friends during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri in the State Capital as a gesture of goodwill and friendship.

The delegation led by its president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee visited the residences of its party VIPs (former Sabah Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansur and Party Advisor Datuk Murshidi Nambi) in Petagas and Sembulan respectively on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Accompanying Yong is his wife Datin Stella Yong, party advisors Datuk Paul Wong and Datuk Joseph Voon Sin Choi together with party offiicials Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong, Information Chief Chong Pit Fah, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Supreme Councillor Chia Mui Lee and other members ...more

CM going back on his word

The State Government had vouched that there will be no more seafront reclamation in Kota Kinabalu!

KOTA KINABALU, July 23, 2014: In July 2012 the Sabah government tabled in the the State Legislative Assembly the amendment to the Land Ordinance prohibiting further reclamation to the Kota Kinabalu waterfront to make it difficult for others in future to easily reclaim the area in question.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had then said the protection of the city’s waterfront from further reclamation was for the benefit of future generations.

Many quarters applauded the Chief Minister’s decision then including the Tourism Minister who had then said that “This is not only for our tourism industry but it is for our future generation, our children, our people,” he said. That decision has ensured the scenic beauty of Kota Kinabalu remains to be enjoyed by future generations, he stressed. Masidi had also said that many tourists has complimented KK’s beautiful seafront and have urged the State Govt to ensure it stays that way. He had also said that there are not many cities in the world that are blessed with natural beauty like KK and that we should ensure that we don’t lose it through wanton and haphazard development of the city ...more

Leave the beach for the public

KOTA KINABALU, July 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) reiterated its stance on the proposed Tanjung Aru beach reclamation for commercial development involving a footprint of 739 acres of land, more than double the size of Sutera Harbour project. SAPP urge the government to leave the beach for the general public and ordinary people. The duty and responsibility of the government is upkeep and maintain the beach making sure it is safe and accessible to the public. It is not the business of the government to involve in commercial development and seemingly developing the Tanjung Aru for the rich and wealthy. The team from SAPP said this during their visit to the Environment Protection Department office to view the EIA report on porposed Tanjung Aru Eco Development yesterday ...more

Malaysia flag half-mast at SAPP headquarters

KOTA KINABALU, July 19, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is flying the Malaysian flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died in the July 17 tragedy.

SAPP also extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims whom were passengers and crew onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that came down after it was attacked by suspected guided missile over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

All 298 people including 44 Malaysians were on board the plane perished in the tragedy.

"Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time"
"May their souls rest in eternal peace" ... Please share

Set up Sabahcom, if MNLF is involved

KOTA KINABALU, July 17, 2014: The issue whether our navy and other security forces are allowed to shoot at cross border intruders has revealed that the federal government is in disarray over ESSCOM, creating more confusion by the day and making people wonder if the actions of the government are based on guess work or facts, said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee today.

The Home Minister is reported as telling the navy, which is under the defence minister, to go ahead and shoot. But the Home Minister did not say whether he authorises his own police force to shoot.

On the other hand, the Attorney General advised against such shootings while the Prime Minister called for clearer rules. The outcome is even more confusion ...more

Learn from other countries on Cabotage alleviation

KOTA KINABALU, July 5, 2014: "Malaysia's cabotage policy was designed for national interests but it imposes unfair disadvantages on the Borneo component of the nation, that is the Sabah economy, especially on export-oriented manufacturing and import of consumer goods. Sabah, therefore, has been made to pay a heavy price for a national policy," said Yong.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee added that like other countries, Malaysia also wanted to protect its domestic shipping industry and its major shipping companies are powerful vested interests with a strong influence over shipping policy.

"That is why even the partial liberalisation of the cabotage policy in 2009 to allow limited international shippers to pick up foreign-origin transhipment cargo from Port Klang to Sabah was possible only because of strong intervention by the then Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat.

"If Malaysia insists on keeping the cabotage policy without further alienating the Borneo states, then it must look at the compromises adopted by other countries to offset the adverse effects of cabotage on disadvantaged components of the nation ...more

What Sabah must do to regain upper hand

KOTA KINABALU, July 5, 2014: It is crucial for Malaysia to reset its relations with the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) with a view to provide security and peace in Sabah as was clearly promised during the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said Malaysia must show serious political will and deploy overwhelming resources to regain the upper hand at the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) or else it will lose more than just prestige ... more

Kidnaps the price for betraying MNLF's Misuari?

KOTA KINABALU, July 2, 2014: KOTA KINABALU - Malaysia is paying the price of "betraying" MNLF leader, Nur Misuari, during then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's tenure, as evident by the spate of kidnapping incidents.

Former Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, said it was a big mistake on the part of Malaysia to send back Misuari to Manila in 2001 when he was fleeing the Philippine authorities and was in Malaysian waters off Sabah.

"We were burning the bridge between Malaysia and MNLF," he said in an interview with a national tabloid.

In November 2001, Misuari fled to Sabah following a failed MNLF rebellion against Manila and alleged irregularities when he was Governor of ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao).

Hudud has no place in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, June 18, 2014: It can't be implemented here because the multi-ethnic and multi-religious background of Sabah is different from those in the peninsula.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Amde Sidik is adamant that hudud has no place in Sabah.

He said hudud was never in the spirit of Malaysia, and was never in the agenda prior to the signing of Malaysia Agreement in 1963.

Sidik said hudud law was not only upsetting the structure of the legal system but also the political system as a whole.

“PAS leaders are saying that non-Muslims need not worry because hudud only applies to Muslims. I would say everyone in this country has the legitimate right to be worried.

“On the surface, Muslims may agree because they are scared of being branded as defying God’s law, but I can tell you, many are just as unsure as non-Muslims ...more

Hudud law will lead to revamp of legal system

KOTA KINABALU, June 18, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the implementation of Hudud criminal law will inevitably lead to a complete revamp of the country's legal system.

"It was honourable of lawyer Hamid Ismail, who is now a Deputy Commissioner in Sabah PAS, to confirm our conversation at the January 2013 public forum on Hudud law that Hudud criminal law can be instituted in Malaysia by an amendment to the Penal Code which does not require a parliamentary 2/3 majority," said Yong.

"DAP was also invited but at the last moment had absented themselves. It is clear to that the Penal Code applies to everybody, both citizens and non-citizens of whatever religious faith ...more

Hudud law will affect all citizens

KOTA KINABALU, June 16, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) fears that the Hudud law, if implemented in Malaysia, will affect all citizens and not just the Muslims.

Its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee cited gambling and drinking which are outlawed in Kelantan, but the law applied not just to the Muslims but everyone in that State.

"So if Hudud is implemented in Malaysia, it will also affect all people," he said at the joint annual general meeting of the SAPP KK/Penampang zones at the Hakka Hall in Tanjung Lipat, here, Sunday.

According to him, PAS did not lie about Hudud because it said that it was going to implement the Hudud law.

"But the one that lied was DAP when they say a two-third majority in Parliament is needed for Hudud to be implemented," said Yong ...more

KK/Penampang Branches AGM held

KOTA KINABALU, June 15, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party has successfully held their KK/Penampang joint branches' AGM today at the Hakka Hall in Tanjung Lipat, Likas.

Launching of the event was officiated by veteran politician at 1 pm which ended around 5 pm.

Among the issues during speeches by chairmen of Inanam, Karambunai, Likas, Api Api, Luyang, Tanjong Aru, Kapayan and Moyog CLCs were hot issues like RCI, Sabah's oil royalty, the spread of Malayan parties' racial and religious extremism, Sabah's autonomy, the defections of DAP and PKR assemblymen and various issues ...more

SAPP Kota Kinabalu/Penampang 2014 Branches AGM

KOTA KINABALU, June 13, 2014: In preparation for its party congress on 30 and 31 August, the Kota Kinabalu and Penampang Zone of SAPP will be launching its branches annual general meetings this Sunday at the Hakka Hall in Tanjong Lipat, Likas with members from the party divisions at Inanam, Karambunai, Likas, Api Api, Luyang, Tanjong Aru, Kapayan and Moyog," said the Zone Chairman Datuk Liew Teck Chan.

"Starting at 1pm, the launching will be officiated by veteran politician Datuk Hj. Mohammed Nor Mansoor. Registration is open at 12 noon," said Liew ...more

Don't make a mockery of legislations when proposing projects

KOTA KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Former Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia has called on the State Government to not make a mockery of its own legislations when proposing development projects, especially those which involved massive sea reclamation.

She questioned whether the requirement for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for prescribed activities in the state is still intact and applicable.

Making the call when commenting on the proposed Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 which has now come under close public scrutiny, she pointed out that the Environment Protection Enactment 2002 (Prescribed Activities) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Order 2005 clearly stipulates that any person who intends to undertake any prescribed activities shall prepare and submit to the Director of the state Environment Protection Department an EIA report ...more

Approval and agreement on open spaces signed before Yong became CM

KOTA KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Yong has issued a challenge to those accusing him of having alienated open spaces and seafront land, including at Tg Aru, to come up with solid proof before making such allegations.

"Tell us when it was approved, who was the Chief Minister because as far as I know, and it is a fact, it was not me. Those who keep saying it was me, these people are lying," he said.

Yong who was a Chief Minister from May 1996 to 1998, said the facts of the Tanjung Aru development were already being reviewed in open court during his tenure.

"The approval and agreement were signed even before I became Chief Minister.

"During my time, we cancelled one approval which involved the reclamation of Tanjung Aru beach awarded to Hong Leong, a public-listed company from West Malaysia.

"It was approved earlier and we cancelled it.

That is as far as I know. The agreement was signed, sealed and delivered before Yong Teck Lee became Chief Minister, that's a fact, unless you say I can do magic lah," he said ...more

Release official findings on plane crash

KOTA KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the State Government should demand the release of the official document on the findings of the June 6, 1976 plane crash that wiped out many leaders in the newly-installed State Cabinet from the Australian Government.

Yong said this report had been kept confidential at the request of the Malaysian Government.

"The Australian Government had done their own investigation since the aircraft (Nomad) was made by an Australian company.

But they will not reveal the results of their investigation because of this request.

"To get them to reveal, it must come from another foreign government which in this case, at least the State Government. We are wondering why the Malaysian government had asked them not to reveal this ...more

Objection on KK Local Plan filed

KOTA KINABALU, June 3, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Women chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket attended the second Public Consultation of the Final Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 yesterday and has submitted an objection/comment form to City Hall stating her objections to the proposed plan in and around the Tanjung Aru Beach area.

Chia, who is also SAPP vice president, said this was because Tanjung Aru Beach is an icon to Kota Kinabalu City and remains an important asset to the city.

Chia, in a statement, said in that respect, she objected to the extensive reclamation proposed at the beach front here (extending to hundreds of acres of reclaimed land) and the reclaimed seafront land that is marked for hotel and resort purposes ...more

"Save our Tanjung Aru beach"

KOTA KINABALU, May 24, 2014: Members of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) also joined in the "Save Tanjung Aru Beach" signature campaign held at the city's Tanjung Aru beach area. Some of the pictures for the album.

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More public consultations and feedback needed for DBKK "final draft"

KOTA KINABALU, May 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the DBKK "final draft" plans should be postponed indefinitely until more public consultations and feedback have been obtained.

"This is because there are some serious issues like loss of public reserve lands to commercial uses.

"Other than the controversial issue of the Tg Aru beach which is glaring and has aroused public anger, the plans also include the commercialisation of the KK central market Land and some native traditional kampongs," he added.

When asked about the Tg Aru rezoning issue where the Mayor has given assurance that the beach and Prince Philip Park will remain accessible to the public, Yong said that this is a form of land grab whereby the public and also villagers lose their land to private developers.

"The Tanjung Aru plans shows an entire swap of Land PLUS sea as zoned commercial for hotels and resorts. The Mayor needs to be more specific in what he meant by continued public access to the beach. For example, there is no public access to the sea fronts at Tg Aru beach Hotel and Sutera harbour. Only Hyatt in down town is continued access to sea front possible," ...more

Time to rebuild confidence between Malaysia-China peoples

KOTA KINABALU, May 17, 2014: "China tourists and businessmen will again come to Sabah, which is friendly, offers the best tourist destinations at most affordable prices and nearest to China", said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a statement here today.

Yong observed that China is a rising power which attracts suspicions among other nations, saying that China cannot run away from the stark reality that she needs friends.

"China's neighbours are displaying anything from cold shoulder to outright hostility towards China over maritime claims and history. China's out-bound visitors face an increasingly angry Philippines, a hostile Japan and now anti-China mobs in Vietnam targeting ordinary Chinese. Another popular destination, Thailand is beset with political violence. These are all risky countries for China tourists and business people," said Yong adding that the recent mass protests at Taiwan against further assimilation into the China economy show the uneasiness among Taiwanese towards mainland China ...more

Investigate why Fed Govt has failed Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, May 10, 2014:  Long after the foreign gunmen have fled back to the Philippines with their victims, the Home Minister and his top brass from Putrajaya heroically showed up at Lahad Datu accompanied by an impressive force of police VAT 69 commandoes and not less than four truck loads of fully armed soldiers and countless undercover agents in a town now familiar with road blocks and low flying surveillance aircraft that appear each time a government minister drops by. The Home Minister has been given a “black eye and bloody nose” by the latest cross-border abduction deep in Malaysian territory.

The people of Sabah, and our helpless Chief Minister, are fed with yet another round of promises and big talk of actions, beefing up of military assets, co-operation with the Philippines and so on by the federal government.

It is high time that the Malaysian authorities disclose whether the armed bandits are actually Abu Sayaff or are ex-operatives of MILF or MNLF or are "lost commands" of the disbanded MNLF/MILF forces ...more

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 ...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 ...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.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! ....please share

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

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