KOTA KINABALU, February
4, 2016: Welcoming the lunar new year is the one event that connects
peoples of Chinese descent all over the world. This has been going on for
a few thousand years without stop and without end. In today's global
village, the celebration of Xin Chun, the new spring, has become visibly
global. People of all cultures watch with awe the extent of the Xin Chun
celebrations. In China, one hundred and more million people make the trip
home for family reunion, making Xin Chun the biggest annual human
migration ever in the world.
Outside China, in smaller numbers spread far and wide, Chinese people will
similarly and dutifully celebrate this Xin Chun like the few thousand Xin
Chuns before, whether in peace or in turbulence ...more
the new lunar year draws near, it is time of the year again for Malaysians
of the Chinese decent to prepare and usher in the new year wishing that
this new year will bring each and everyone in the family good health and
Like every Malaysians, we too wish that the year of the
Golden Monkey will bring us hope for greater PEACE, HARMONY and
Since the implementation of the GST in April last year and the
depreciation of the ringgit, we have encountered rising costs of living
and those of us doing business have to cope with the rising cost of doing
business and live with dwindling margins ...more
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KOTA KINABALU, February 2, 2016:
Multi-lateral trade pacts are always difficult to negotiate. It took super
power America ten years to get 11 other countries on board. Some say that
the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is an American agenda to re-assert
American leadership over the Trans-Pacific economies to counter the
growing China influence.
But, unlike what is portrayed by our MP for Kota Kinabalu, to join TPPA is
not to choose between America and China. Malaysia, like the other nine
members of ASEAN, is already covered by the China-Asean Free Trade Area
(China-AFTA) that took effect in 2010. The healthy trade (RM210 billion in
2014) between Malaysia and China will not be affected by TPPA. Our own
free trade pact, the Asean FTA, took effect in 1992. Ever since 1992 trade
tariffs among Asean countries (and ever since 2010 with China, India and
Japan) have been on a downward trend. 90% of trade is now zero-rated ...more
KOTA KINABALU, January 27, 2016: It is bewildering that a few days after
the arrest of a suspected terrorist in Johor, the Sabah Security Committee
is still in the dark about the true identity of the “man from Sabah”
detained along with six others in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee commented in a statement
Yong added that in spite of having arrested the terror suspect, the
authorities are still not even sure if he is a Sabahan or a foreigner with
dubious document or whatever.
"I would have thought that, before the police arrested the terror suspect,
the police would have uncovered his activities, and therefore his
identity, before nabbing him.
He said in any case, “Sabah ICs” for genuine Malaysians in Sabah would
have provided the relevant background information about the man, his birth
place and his home town or village ...more
KINABALU, January 23, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is forging
ahead with new alliance in the New Year.
"We are no longer operating alone for the year 2016," said SAPP president
Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee during the party's 22nd Anniversary
dinnere at a seafood restaurant near here on Thursday night.
Yong said the New Year (2016) is the year for the United Sabah Alliance
(USA) and that two political parties comprising Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS)
headed by Dr Nicholas Games Guntobon, who was a practising medical doctor,
and STAR as well as several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had
joined the alliance ...more
KOTA KINABALU, January 15, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy
president, Edward Dagul, today lodged a missing person report at the
Karamunsing Police station, here, referring to the key witness of the
trial of the armed intrusion at Tanduo, Lahad Datu.
According to the news, the prosecution has failed to locate and subpoena
key witness and the last prosecution witness, SAC Zulkifli Hj Abd Aziz to
give evidence at the trial.
SAC Zuklifli Hj Abd Aziz, who was the assistant chief of Special Branch of
the Malaysian Police (PDRM), reported to have “served in Sabah for a long
period, had great and specific knowledge on Sulu sultanate and had
personal contacts in Southern Philippines and had handled all kidnapping
cases in Sabah in terms of intelligence for the past 15 years and led the
negotiations between Malaysia authorities and the Sulu gunmen’s leader in
Edward, in his statement, finds it amazing that the prosecution cannot
find Encik Zulkifli who was a senior police officer who had retired only
in November 2014 ...
KINABALU, January 9, 2016: It is time for the Deputy Chief Minister and
Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) working technical
committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah, Tan Sri Datuk Pairin Joseph
Pairin Kitingan, not to be evasive and to come clean with the actual
problems he is facing in completing the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI)
working technical committee’s report.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Edward Dagul, opined in a
press statement issued Friday that the whole point of having the working
technical committee is so that all can be revealed. As it turned out, what
Pairin had disclosed in yesterday`s statement defeated the very purpose of
the original objective. But since Tan Sri Pairin had admitted to shoulder
some of the blame for the delay of the working technical committee’s
report, then he should further explain the statement that there was
“something blocking” his committee’s progress in completing the report.
“Pairin’s statement suggests that there are elements interfering in his
committee’s work. Now, if this is true, then he should report this matter
to the relevant authorities, including the main committee ...more
KOTA KINABALU, January 7, 2016: The failure of the prosecution to produce
the star witness of the ongoing trial of the alleged Sulu gunmen intrusion
at Tanduo is a cause for concern, said former chief minister Datuk Yong
According to news reports, the prosecution in the trial of 30 accused
persons, who are alleged to be involved in the February 2013 armed
intrusion at Tanduo, Lahad Datu has failed to locate and subpoena one SAC
Zulkifli Hj. Abd Aziz, who was at the time, the assistant head of the
Sabah Special Branch of the police force, to give evidence at the trial.
SAC Zulkifli is reported to have "served in Sabah for a long period, had
great and specific knowledge on Sulu sultanate and had personal contacts
in Southern Philippines" and "had handled all kidnapping cases in Sabah in
terms of intelligence for the past 15 years" and "led the negotiations
between Malaysian authorities and the Sulu gunmen's leader in Kampong
January 7, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has asked Tan Sri Pairin
to dissolve the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) Technical Working
Committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah.
The call was made after the Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the RCI
Technical Working Committee, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, vowed, yet
again to the media yesterday that the report of the committee will be
ready by this year.
"It is hard for the people of Sabah to accept that the report takes more
than a year to complete”, said Edward Dagul, SAPP`s Deputy President.
“This is not a new issue. These illegal immigrant problems and other
associated issues have been there for decades. Tan Sri Pairin, being a
former Chief Minister, should have all these facts and figures at his
fingertips or at least within his committee members reach” added Edward.
The Working Technical Committee was set up to compile feedbacks and to
provide recommendations on how to resolve this illegal immigrant problem.
This report would then be forwarded to the main committee. Tan Sri Pairin
had earlier said that the report would be ready for submission in July
2015, which did not happen. He later reportedly said that it would be
ready in December 2015, which again turned out to be another empty
KOTA KINABALU, December 30, 2015: In an environment of economic downturn,
Sabahans like most Malaysians, would have to tighten our belts further in
weathering the coming year. Be that as it may, out of the top ten events
that have an impact on Sabah's future, eight are positive in the long run,
said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"The emergence of non-party activists fighting for Sabah rights, like
SSKM, the author of the book Queen's Obligations, MOSIK and other NGOs is
a sure sign that ordinary Sabahans are taking up the fight for Sabah
rights. The sedition trial of the "Tuaran 4" will bring forth the many
grievances of Sabahans. Similarly, the claim for the "40% entitlement" led
by a senior federal Minister with activists, professionals and the local
opposition, shows a nonpartisan unity of fellow Sabahans fighting for
KINABALU, November 28, 2015: If the Sabah government is serious about
implementing the resolution of the Sabah Legislative Assembly “to ban
anyone who link themselves to self-styled Sulu Sultan,” then the
government must start background checks at all entry points into Sabah,
including our airports, sea ports and land borders, said former Chief
Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
Yong who is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President pointed out that
Category number 1 are holders of Philippines passports. Category number 2
are those with dubious identity cards (MyKad). Since some of this category
are already in Sabah, the question of “banning” them from entry could not
arise. What does the Government intend to do then? ...more
KOTA KINABALU, November 25, 2015: Reports of the MNLF (Moro National
Liberation Front) teaming up with the extremist ISIS and the Abu Sayyaf
bandits together with the self-styled Sulu Sultan family is a serious
cause for concern, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk
Seri Yong Teck Lee ...more
KINABALU, November 19, 2015: United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah
has strongly urged for the full report of the Technical Committee on the
illegal immigrants to be made known to the public.
Gabungan’s chairman, Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Haji Mansoor said this following
the recent press statements from various quarters regarding the issue.
“It is prudent for the Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, to reveal the full report of the Technical Committee on the
illegal immigrants as soon as possible,” said Datuk Mohd Noor.
The public should be informed on what measures the government intends to
implement to eradicate this illegal immigrants problem in Sabah.
It is a question of sovereignty of the nation, added Datuk Mohd Noor. It
is not something to be taken lightly. When the sovereignty is compromised,
then the security of Sabahans are at risk.
“For example, many are of the opinion that the kidnappings in Sabah’s East
Coast can be stopped, once the number of the dubious IC holders are
reduced. How does one fight the enemy when the enemy lies amidst us?” he
He further added that maybe with the release of the Technical Committee’s
findings, it may also stop others from offering preposterous suggestions
such as outright granting of citizenships to third generation illegal
KINABALU, November 13, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Women's
Movement joined the Sabah Cheshire Home Bazaar fund-raising sales held
last Sunday at the latter's premises in Likas.
The charity event was aimed at raising funds to helping Sabah Cheshire
Home of the less fortunate because most of the proceeds will be donated to
the said home.
Sabah Cheshire Home is a private, non-profit and charitable organisation
which provides care for persons with disabilities regardless of race,
religion and culture.
According to SAPP women chief Chia Miu Lee, the party's women wing's
participation in the charity events aims at promoting a caring attitude in
particular to those who are in actual need which is vitally important to
develop a critical awareness of our social responsibility at all times
which is in line with the SAPP's party culture ...more
KOTA KINABALU, November 2, 2015: Efforts to bridge the disparity between
West Malaysia and East Malaysia need than just promising Sabahan the Pan
Borneo Highway which will only be completed in 2021.
Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Melanie Chia said Sabahans waited
almost 10 years to get the Bus Rapid
Transit for Kota Kinabalu.
The Federal Government had announced a superior public transportation
system in the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) and the establishment of the
Public Transport Trust Fund was set up then.
"This grand scheme was proposed when the government increased the petrol
prices to the hull and cries of car users and the government then promised
that the Public Transport Trust Fund to fund public transport system in
the country ...more
KOTA KINABALU, 24 October, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President
Datuk Yong Teck Lee today expressed disappointment that the PM's speech
today on the 2016 budget did not even acknowledge Sabah's right to the 40%
entitlement (net federal revenues derived in Sabah).
"Although it can be argued that the calculation of the quantum of the 40%
of net federal revenues derived from Sabah might still take some time, at
least, the PM cum Finance Minister, should have acknowledged the matter
which has been presented to him earlier his year," said Yong who is a
member of the Special Committee on Sabah issues chaired by Sabah Star
Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan ...more
KINABALU, October 19, 2015: Sabah will finally be able to safeguard its
citizenship status from being illegally attained with the empowerment to
issue Sabah IC (identification card), said former chief minister Datuk
Yong Teck Lee.
The Sabah IC will enable the state government to filter out any dubious
MyKad or IC through a stringent process that will require applicants to
provide relevant proof of their birth status. The process will also
inadvertently deter disingenuous applications for the states citizenship,
This is a very old problem and we have been discussing how to solve the
problem of illegal immigrants or IC many times. Illegal immigrants
entering Sabah is a subject that needs the governments holistic action.
Sabah must also self-help by the materialization of Sabah IC. Sabah IC is
not a new citizenship document, elaborated Yong while stressing that Sabah
IC is a legal and constitutional document ...more
KOTA KINABALU, October 6, 2015: Sabah should brace itself for another
period of violent conflict at its eastern border with the Philippines due
to the Philippines government`s failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law
(BBL), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong
Teck Lee said.
"This failure to pass the BBL to grant autonomy to the Bangsamoro homeland
is in contravention of the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) rebel forces and the Philippines government for
which the agreement are sponsored by the Malaysian government ...more
September 22, 2015: The Sabah government should emulate the bold decision
of its Sarawak counterpart in recognizing the Unified Examination
Certificate (UEC), instead of continue to wait for the much-delayed
response from the Federal Government, said Melanie Chia, deputy president
for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
“The Sarawak Government has again flexed her autonomous stance in having
her own say in education. The prelude to this had been a series of request
from the state government demanding for increase in oil royalty
culminating in the recent full autonomy talk with the Federal Government.
“The Sarawak state government in making this historical decision has
exercised authority under the power of the state government and outlined
clearly the effects and implementation of this decision made at the state
September 21, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong
Teck Lee said his party's struggle for autonomy has been proven correct
even by their political opponents.
"Our struggle for autonomy is and has always been correct. Our political
opponents criticised 'Sabah autonomy' as not possible, not practical, it
all depends on Kuala Lumpur (KL) and so on. But now even Malayan parties
have accepted Sabah's autonomy.
"In today's newspapers we read that law experts, professors and political
veterans have agreed that autonomy is the way forward to save Malaysia.
Now more people are waking to the window of opportunity that SAPP has been
talking about since 2008," he said.
He said this in his speech during the SAPP Kota Kinabalu/Penampang Zone
annual general meeting held at the Hakka Hall in Tanjung Lipat, Sunday ...more
KOTA KINABALU, September 18, 2015: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Tun Razak`s announcement of ensuring that 90 percent of Sabah teaching
force would be local born Sabahans within the next three years again
confirmed the non-compliance of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, said Edward
Dagul, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President.
"Borneonisation is an integral part of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and
should have been complied with from the date of formation of the
federation of Malaysia," he said.
"Our Right as Sabahan were ignored by the federal authorities for years.
Then suddenly, The PM magnaimously announced it as if it was a special
gift to the people of Sabah.
"This continue mind twisting overtures from federal leader need to stop.
The fact that the PM is merely adhering to the Borneonisation of the civil
service clause of the MA63 should not coated and seen to be a generous
gesture," he said.
Edward was commenting on the speech made by the Prime Minister during the
52nd Malaysia Day celebration held in Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu on
In fact, it should not be exclusive to the education to all areas of the
civil service across the board ...more
KUNDASANG, September 1, 2015: The United Sabah Alliance (USA)
started off with Sabah Day celebrations on August 31, to press for the
recognition of the true interpretation of independence among the people of
Malaysia, especially Sabahans.
The event was participated by about two thousand supporters held to mark Sabah’s 52 years of independence from colonial rule, organised by newly
formed coalition called United Sabah Alliance (USA).
Those present included veteran politician-cum-USA chairman Datuk Hj Mohd
Noor Mansoor, Sabah Star chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, APS chairman
Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and GPS
chairman Datuk Kalakau Untol ...more
KINABALU, August 29, 2015: A special 'Postcard' launching was held on August
28 to commemorate the earthquake on 5th June 2015 which killed many people
including 4 mountain guides was organised by local NGO Sabah Youth
The postcards depicting Sabah's mountain guides' bravery and selflessness
who risked their lives in protecting their guests during the deadly 6.0
magnitude earthquake in Ranau.
This spirit inspires all the people of Sabah and when floods swept mud and
debris across the area of Kota Belud and Ranau, people from all walks of
life regardless of race and religion came together in solidarity to help
SYS hopes that through this postcard campaign could put across the message
of our Sabahan spirit and solidarity ...more
KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) says it is up to its members
whether they want to join Bersih 4.0 rally.
SAPP supreme councillor Yong Yit Yoong said that members are free to join
at their own free will as individuals but they are not allowed to use SAPP
as their platform because this rally is organised by the Sabah Bersih
which supposedly to be non-political and by the people.
He said that SAPP members had joined Bersih events in the past and did not
fly the party's flag as it would be a disrespect to the hard work and
effort by the rally organisers.
SAPP will be involved in a prior commitment with United Sabah Alliance and
other NGOs where a series of events that starts from 29th August till 31st
August at its final destination in Kundasang celebrating 52 years of
Independence Day for Sabah themed "Sabah Day 2015". Therefore, Yong
said, some events will definitely clash with the rally date ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 27, 2015: The Minister YB Datuk Dr Maximus'
statement appeared that he had put himself into the 'chicken or the egg
first dilemma', or he is not honest to the Sabahans who are highlighting
their pleas and seeking their rightful place in the country Malaysia which
was jointly formed by Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak and Singapore in 1963,
says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Melanie Chia Chui Ket
in a statement yesterday.
"One the one hand, he said Sabah should have more autonomy but on the
other hand, he is stressing that without Federal funding, it will not be
possible to carry out planned projects in Sabah ...more
KINABALU, August 22, 2015: United Sabah Alliance (USA) a grouping of local
political parties and local NGOs will jointly organize the
celebration of Sabah's 52nd year of Independence on August 31 at Kundasang
Town, said Japiril Suhaimin in a press conference today.
He said the organising committee has held a series of meetings previously
and had already made preparations for the event. He added that the
celebration of "Sabah Day" is not only an opportunity to establish rapport
among the Sabah local opposition parties and NGOs but also intends to
provide assurance and restore the confidence of local and foreign tourists
to visit Kundasang as a tourist destination ...more
August 21, 2015: Two former civil servants have lost their final appeals
to sue and compel the Federal and Sabah governments to implement the
Borneonisation policy in the civil service.
The two men, ex-police inspector Bernard Fung Fon Chen, 73, and former
teacher Mohd Nazib Maidan, 38, exhausted all their legal avenues yesterday
after the Federal Court dismissed their application for leave to appeal
against a Court of Appeal decision.
The policy provided the special rights for Sabahans and Sarawakians to be
appointed to the top posts in the civil service of both states.
In the judgment dated Feb 1, 2013, the Court of Appeal had agreed with the
Federal and Sabah governments that both men had no locus standi to sue
KOTA KINABALU, August 20, 2015: The six months that Prime Minister Dato
Seri Najib Tun Razak has given himself to resolve the 1MDB issue is a
window of opportunity for Sabah and Sarawak to complete the "autonomy
talks" to transfer federal powers and funds back to Sabah and Sarawak,
says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
Whether this six month period is meant for 1MDB to pay off its loans or
for it to clean up the mess before the PM leaves, either way, it is
possible that the PM has decided to leave after his self-imposed grace
period of six months ...more
August 20, 2015: "Tan Sri Harris Mohd Salleh is getting it wrong again in
claiming that the transactions between Warisan Harta concerning NBT shares
caused "many investors to lose their savings of about RM 300 million.
There is no such thing", said SAPP information Chief Chong Pit Fah when
asked to comment on Harris's claims that SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck
Lee had caused the losses of RM300 million to investors when Datuk Yong
was the Chief Minister almost 20 years ago.
"l remember clearly that at a debate between Harris and Yong in October
2013 at the Sabah Golf and Country Club, Harris asked and Yong replied
about the same issue, Yong even showed newspaper cuttings of the
defamation trial between Yong and former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr.
Yee Moh Chai, Harris had seemed satisfied with Yong's answers that there
was no losses incurred by investors in the so-called Warisan Harta /NBT
shares issue," ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 19, 2015: The chaos and climate of mutual suspicions
within the BN stirred by the Deputy Prime Minister's revelation of an UMNO
plotter, who is an MP, to topple the BN government is reminiscent of
another of his disclosures in 2013 that he would reveal the identity of
three opposition leaders allegedly behind the February 2013 Sulu incursion
at Tanduo Lahad Datu, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk
Yong Teck Lee in a press statement yesterday.
"Datuk Zahid, as the then defence minister, had on April 27, 2013 on the
eve of early polling by security personnel during the last general
elections, similarly alleged that he had evidence of three opposition
leaders, one of whom he said is from Sabah, being behind the 2013 Sulu
Intrusion. He had said that his (Defence) Ministry had identified the
three culprits behind the armed intrusion by Sulu terrorists. He said that
action would only be taken against the three opposition leaders after the
general election ...more
August 19, 2015: The silence of the RCI Technical working committee to
reveal the findings and the recommendations of the committee begs the
question on what are the priorities of the Sabah BN leadership, said
Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President in a press statement issued yesterday.
“It has been more than a month since we made the call to the RCI technical
working committee led by Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin
Kitingan to make known to the people of Sabah what are the outcome of the
findings and recommendations of the committee are, stated Edward.
“Has this problem been reduced to a non critical issue? Is it an issue
that can be delayed indefinitely?
It has taken Sabahans more than a decade to see the eventual formation of
the RCI on the illegal immigrants problem in Sabah. Now that the RCI has
concluded its findings, the people are eagerly awaiting on what and how
the government intends to implement programmes, in order to alleviate
Sabah’s perennial problem. It is disheartening to note that there seems to
be no further progress from the government to resolve the illegal
immigrant problem in Sabah ...more
August 10, 2015: Sabahans should never forget that our State was once a
country from August 31, 1963, before the formation of the Federation of
Malaysia on September 16, 1963.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice Youth Chief Yong Yit Yoong said the
history and education on the formation of Malaysia was downplayed.
“The Federal Government should stop counting from 1957 and start counting
from 1963 throughout Malaysia, not only in Sabah.”
Yong, who is also SAPP Supreme Councillor, said that during a Black Sunday
2.0 gathering organized by the party at Gaya Street here yesterday.
Around 30 people from various non-governmental organizations and local
parties, including non-political parties, joined in the gathering ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President
Datuk Yong Teck Lee said now is the time for full autonomy for Sabah and
Sarawak as equal partners to Malaya.
"With full autonomy, Sabah (and Sarawak) would not be made to bear
the RM600 billion debt of the Federal government incurred as a result of
over spending on projects in Malaya," ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015:
If Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan can respond to my
query on the proposed opening up of Sabah ports to China investors, why is
the government completely silent on the disturbing news of the 1.5 million
new foreign workers from Bangladesh? ...more
July 26, 2015: In referring to Tan Sri Harris Salleh’s statement on
Saturday in the Daily Express, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president
Datuk Yong Teck Lee said:
"It is a sign of a confused man to say that I, through my, “(Yong’s)
actions in taking away over 900,000 acres (of land) reserved for Sabahans
and the abolition of over 400,000 Yayasan Shares certificates” ...more
July 26, 2015: The Sabah government should firmly reject the importation
of Bangladeshi workers into Sabah from among the 1.5 million workers to be
brought in to Malaysia starting later this year, says Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, on Saturday...more
KOTA KINABALU, 25 July 2015: DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong's publication
of the Consent Judgement and his retraction and apology in his FaceBook
account of the allegation made against Datuk Yong Teck Lee for having
received RM50 million from the Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak before the
13th General Election had also brought great relief to Melanie Chia, SAPP
Deputy President and the former Luyang State Assemblywoman ...more
KOTA KINABALU, 24 July 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) took the
initiative to arrange a courtesy call to the director's office of the
Election Commission here to get some answers on the status of the
redelineation exercise by the department.
The exercise to redraw electoral boundaries is supposed to be carried out
once every eight years to cater to development and the increase in the
number of voters which was supposed to start last year.
The courtesy call which was led by Japiril Suhaimin, who is SAPP vice
president and Treasurer-General, was told by the EC Director Datuk Hj Md
Idrus Ismail during the meeting that the new redelineation exercise issue
that had stalled since April 2014 because the EC had to concentrate its
attention on the delineation of 11 new areas in Sarawak state assembly
which automatically will be dissolved in June 2016 ...more
KINABALU, July 24, 2015: DAP’s Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong has published a
retraction and apology over the rumours spread by DAP that SAPP Yong Teck
Lee had received RM50 million from BN during the last general election.
This retraction and apology by DAP Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong was
published in advertisements in the Chinese newspapers, See Hua Daily News
The apology was also for the defamation which was also spread during the
last General Elections through the social media by Junz Wong through his
facebook account that Yong had worked out a RM50 million deal with BN, a
vicious and dirty tactic employed by DAP to achieve their politics.
Apology is made following a Court Order made on 3 December 2014 on Junz
KINABALU, July 23, 2015: Ex-Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris should not be
cursed for failing to claim the "40% entitlement" contained in the federal
constitution. There have been 6 Prime Ministers, 9 federal finance
ministers, 13 Sabah Chief Ministers and 9 Sabah Finance ministers. There
have been countless officers at the Attorney General Chambers and finance
ministries at both state and federal levels responsible for drawing up the
budgets, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee ...more
KINABALU, July 21, 2015: The issue of the 40% revenue entitlement
collected by the federal government to be reimbursed to Sabah has already
been studied by a team led by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan. This "40%
entitlement" has been scrutinised by constitutional law experts engaged by
Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman. Presentations have been made by
lawyers at the recent UMS Forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. A follow up, closed-door discussion with Datuk Anifah, Dr.
Jeffrey, lawyer Tuan Hj. Ansari Abdullah, academic Zainal Ajamain, myself
and others had gone through all the issues relating to the "40%
entitlement" under the federal constitution, said Datuk Yong Teck Lee,
president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) ...more
KOTA KINABALU, July 20, 2015:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) calls on the Chief Minister and the Sabah Minister of Infrastructure
to clarify press reports that Sabah's ports, especially the container port
at Sepanggar, will be open to investors from China ...more
KINABALU, July 18, 2015: Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan(STAR), Datuk Kalakau
Untol( APS) and Datuk Yong Teck Lee with other SAPP leaders, visited the
residence of former minister of Finance, Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor in
Putatan on Friday, the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Mohd Noor is also chairman of the United Sabah Alliance, a grouping of
Sabah-based opposition parties and NGOs which was formed in March 2015.
The group also met with Star Sabah Chairman cum Bingkor Assemblyman Datuk
Dr Jeffrey Kitingan as well as Datuk Kalakau Untol( APS) ...more
July 14, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Tandek recently distributed
humanitarian aid in the form of rice and mineral water to earthquake and
mudslide victims in Ranau.
A convoy of two 4-wheel drive vehicles, an SUV as well as a 10-ton lorry
laden for 13 tons containing of rice, 600 cartons of bottled water had
traveled to the distribution site escorted by two police outriders from
The said humanitarian aid was a mission carried out in collaboration with
Tung Fatt Lion Dance Association (Bumiputra), Kota Marudu ...more
KINABALU, July 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today organised
another "Bubur Lambuk" charity program in Kota Kinabalu, after receiving
positive feedback from a recent charity program held on 27 June 2015 in
According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, this program was aimed at
preserving and promoting the ‘spirit of solidarity’ among Sabahans which
was seen during the catastrophic earthquake in Ranau Kundasang, where
people from all walks of life came together to help the victims.
The said charity program held here distributed 1,000 packs of porridge
called "Bubur Lambuk" to residents around Kota Kinabalu for breaking of
fast in the month of Ramadhan ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015:
Legal actions can be initiated by land owners whose rights have been
arbitrarily and without valid reason trampled upon by the government.
Before the 2013 general elections, land owners at Sandakan, Kudat and
Lahad Datu have brought to our attention cases of their 999-land leases
been revoked and replaced with a mere 99-lease backdated to the date of
issue of the original title. This prompted SAPP to include in the manifesto
that 999-year leases shall be reinstated.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the latest case concerns a family homestead at Cecily (Pei Ying School
area) Sandakan whose 999-year land title effective 12 November 1913 was
suddenly, without notice and without valid reason revoked and replaced
with a 99-year lease. There is not even any sub-division of land in this
KOTA KINABALU, June
30, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has aired
concern that the proposals submitted to the Technical committee on
Immigrant Management has not been deliberated on and that the whole
exercise was just another Barisan Nasional wayang kulit.
Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President said this in a press statement issued
KOTA KINABALU, June 29, 2015: School bus operators are praised for their
good performance in providing quality service to students who depend on
them to get to and from school from their homes.
Its advisor, Datuk Yong Teck Lee said bus operators' responsibility
including the safety, punctuality and comfort of the students are
important while ensuring that all students are accounted for at each
and every trip.
"Your service has made it possible for many parents and guardians to carry
on their work and businesses with the confidence that their children are
well taken care of during their trips to and from schools," he said ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 20, 2015: Malaysia must wake up to the dangers of the
emotions of Filipinos being stirred up by the Philippines government's
persistent claim on Sabah, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president
Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"This is because the Philippines have once again launched a propaganda
campaign to lift the expectations of the Filipino people that they have a
chance of grabbing Sabah," ...more
KINABALU, June 17, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called on the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to quickly release bank
account of companies that has been cleared after investigations during the
Vice President cum Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said SAPP lauded the
action by the MACC in the conducting the massive operations against
corruption in Sabah.
The operations had resulted in more than 1,000 bank accounts of companies
in Sabah being frozen to facilitate investigations since end of last month ...more
KINABALU, June 15, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has been proven
right in not joining the opposition front, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which not
only failed to fight for Sabah's autonomy and rights but also has ceased
to exist due to internal conflicts.
Its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee (pic) said top Pakatan leaders
themselves had confessed that the opposition coalition no longer existed.
"SAPP was challenged by top Pakatan leaders to join Pakatan claiming that
'only Pakatan can defeat BN'. But where is Pakatan today? What has
happened to the Pakatan YBs who were elected? ...more
KUNDASANG: June 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) yesterday visited
Kampung Mesilou to hand over donations to the victims.
Its JKKK chairman Japudin Gandipal, Village chief Tony Gabintal and a
couple of villagers were present to receive them. Kampung Mesilou, about 2
km from Kundasang town where some parts of the roads are sinking deeper
every hour and water pipes cracking are visible as small tremors continue
to occur every few hours.
The SAPP group was led by its party Treasurer-General Japiril Suhaimin,
who is also SAPP chief for Kundasang handed donations in the form of rice,
packet noodles, cooking oil and some cash ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 10, 2015: The authorities should take stern action
against the mountain nudists without fear, said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
“Their vulgarities and nude acts bordering on group orgy at Mount Kinabalu
has deeply hurt the dignity of their hosts, the Sabah people, and the awe
and respect that people have for the majestic mountain that we call
Kinabalu, the symbol of the unity of the Sabah people," he said.
"The mountain nudists have deliberately and maliciously desecrated our
national symbol and the beliefs of local people towards the mountain."
Yong said that instead of showing remorse, the mountain nudists have
instead continued to spew insults at Sabah ...more
KINABALU, June 5, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk
Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee has proposed channeling part of the revenue
collected from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) directly to the state
governments and let them decide how to use the money.
Yong suggested that out of the six per cent GST, two per cent should go to
the Federal Government, two per cent to the state governments and two per
cent to the local governments.
Yong pointed out that the state governments always had to apply for
allocation from the Federal Government.
However, he said the Federal Government might not be able to grant the
total amount which the state governments applied for ...more
KINABALU, Thursday 22 May 2015:
SAPP deputy president, Edward Dagul, said that the documentary evidence,
including parliamentary records or Hansard, point towards the intention to
ensure that Malaya should not have a 2/3 control over Parliament. It was
because of the fear of an over dominant Malaya vis a vis the Borneo
territories and Singapore that in 1963, it was a deliberate intention of
the founding fathers that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore shall have more
than one third of the MP seats in the new Malaysian parliament ...more
KINABALU, May 20, 2015:
"Ban barter trading", "CCTVs not clear", "community to be blamed",
"suspected inside job", "kidnap happened in between police shifts," "we
cannot have a patrol boat every 100 meter," big ransom sum demanded,"
"long coastline" are some responses of security officials who never cease
to amuse the people. Instead of protecting barter traders and resort
operators, our police are asking them to close down ...more
KINABALU, May 15, 2015: The audacity of the cross border kidnappers to
strike at the heart of Sandakan on the mainland of Sabah during curfew
hours shows the contempt that these foreign gunmen have for our security
Once again, the foreign intruding gunmen have inflicted so much
humiliation on Malaysia that neither a ministerial "resignation in
disgrace" nor another "RM500 offer to slap Home Minister" will be enough
to appease the anger of Sabahans or restore the confidence of the people
towards the authorities in securing Sabah.
As usual and again, while the government and Home Minister only lose face,
it is Sabahans who pay the heavy price, in every sense of the word "price"
May 12, 2015: Malaysia and Sabahans total rejection of the Philippines/Sulu
claim on Sabah must be resolute, unambiguous and firm and backed by solid
actions on the security, economic and diplomatic fronts.
But, instead of being clear and firm, the Malaysian government seems to
have sent a disastrously wrong signal to the Philippines that Malaysia is
willing to entertain the idea of the possible inclusion of Sabah (and
Sarawak) into the proposed Bangsamoro republic ...more
May 11, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth staged a peaceful
gathering to highlight issues such as Borneonisation, Cabotage policy,
Good and Services Tax (GST) and increased cost of living at Gaya Street,
The supporters, numbering about 30,were seen about 9.30am carrying banners
and placards asking for Sabahans’ rights to be protected, Sabah
Identification Cards, abolishment of the cabotage policy, Borneonisation
issues and GST.
The close to 20-minute peaceful assembly ended when they were directed by
police personnel to disperse.
According to SAPP Youth Chief Jamain Sarudin, they were having a peaceful
demonstration to highlight to the public several issues that are burdening
KINABALU, May 10, 2015:
To restore public confidence on law enforcement authorities and the
justice system, the police has a responsibility to promptly solve the case
of the alleged shooting of a mechanic at Inanam by Mat Malaya also known
as Mohd Jusnaidi, reportedly a brother of an ex-federal minister Datuk Noh
KINABALU, April 27, 2015: Sabah should prepare for the worse yet to come
out of the likely breakdown in peace efforts in the Southern Philippines,
said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
He said political and security developments in the Philippines over the
last one week revealed that, even with the direct intervention of the
Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), the warring factions of the
Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had
not been able to reach a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to create a
Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao ...more
KINABALU, April 10, 2015: "The indefinite postponement of the
Borneonisation case between two Sabahan ex-public servants and the federal
and Sabah state governments is a classic case of "justice delayed is
justice denied", said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"The Federal Court had earlier fixed April 13 as the hearing date in Kota
Kinabalu to determine the issue of locus standi of ex-policeman Bernard
Fung Fon Chen and ex-teacher Nazib Maidan to bring the civil suit against
the Federal and State governments. But we have been informed by the
lawyers Peter Marajin and Ken Yong that the case has been "vacated" or "dikeluarkan"
from the list of cases to be heard on April 13. No other date has been set
for this case.
Fung and Nazib have in 2011 initiated legal action to compel the Federal
Government to implement the promise of Borneonisation of the public
services in Sabah (and Sarawak) as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement
KINABALU, April 2, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants the new
director post of the Sabah Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) to be given
to a Sabahan.
SAPP Kota Kinabalu youth chief Dexter Chin said priority should be given a
Sabahan to hold the director post at LKIM or any government post in Sabah.
He said the Barisan Nasional government as well as government agencies
should be sensitive to the needs of the people of Sabah.
"Is there no one from Sabah who is capable to hold such director posts?
What is lacking with the people of Sabah?" he asked after handing a
memorandum to LKIM during a peaceful gathering at the LKIM office in Alam
Mesra, Jalan Sulaman here yesterday ...more
KINABALU, April 2, 2015: City Hall needs to upkeep the hawkers' area at
the Central Market here which is now a place of choice for the people to
look for non-GST goods.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President, Melanie Chia said that
since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has materialised, the least the
government can do was to ensure the business infrastructure and amenities
were being well maintained ...more
KOTA KINABALU, March 27, 2015: Sabah DAP demanded my apology for
commenting on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang's call for a unity government with
UMNO and other parties of the political divide. I will apologise if DAP
can show how my statement of March 23 can twist Lim Kit Siang's statement
(as quoted by Sabah DAP) posted on his blog two days later on March 25
which repeated Lim's call for a new coalition government ...more
March 26, 2015: "If Sabah DAP Vice Chairman Chan Foong Hin really wants to
know more about the term of Datuk Yong Teck Lee as Chief Minister for two
years from 1996 to 1998, almost 17 years ago, all that Chan needs to do is
ask his Sabah DAP Chief Jimmy Wong Sze Phin. Since it was so long ago,
maybe Chan has forgotten this inconvenient truth.
Some of the things that Datuk Yong did for Sabah was the granting of lands
to independent schools and to religious organisations in Sabah, including
to give lands to schools for financial sustenance, a meritorious,
non-racial civil service and security in Sabah by enhancing peace and
development in the East Asean Growth Area.
"Jimmy Wong was an active Supreme Councillor of SAPP and close to Datuk
Yong at all the times that Datuk Yong was Chief Minister", said Foo Fook
Ming, who was a political secretary to Datuk Yong when Yong was Chief
Minister. (Pic: An old photograph of Jimmy Wong with Harris and other Bersekutu
KINABALU, March 24, 2015: The breakup of Pakatan Rakyat shows that the
so-called "two-parties system" is a fallacy in Malaysia. The way forward
for Malaysia is a "one country, two systems". This means that Malaya and
its states can do what it wants, including the imposition of a religious
theocratic state. But the Borneo territories of Sabah and Sarawak can
exercise full autonomy in a "one-country, two-systems" within the
federation of Malaysia whereby Borneo can insulate itself from the racial
and religious extremism that is toxic to nation building.
It is hollow for Sabah DAP to "cut ties with PAS". If DAP is sincerely
remorseful about their links with PAS, then DAP should leave the Selangor
State government that includes PAS. And the DAP-led Penang government
should remove PAS from its government ranks.
Sabah DAP should not think that their "cutting of ties" with PAS would
absolve them from all the lies and false promises that they have made to
the people. The DAP lies have now come back to haunt the party. PAS did
not lie about hudud. It was DAP that lied to the people about hudud ...more
KOTA KINABALU, March 11, 2015: If Sabahans are not allowed to take the
Borneonisation case to the courts, then they may have to petition the
United Nations or initiate legal action in the United Kingdom.
Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the Borneonisation of
the public services in Sabah was a clear-cut promise and undertaking in
the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
"The same promise of Borneonisation (by the first Prime Minister Tunku
Abdul Rahman and others) was repeated many times in newspapers and
official documents to lure Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia ...more
March 11, 2015: Sabah opposition parties band together to save state
Four Sabah-based opposition parties have formed an alliance, calling
themselves the United Sabah Alliance, or USA, in short.
Led by former state Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor, the new
alliance members comprised United Borneo Front (UBF), Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP), State Reform Party Sabah (Star Sabah) and Sabah Reform
USA will combat efforts and threats posed by racial extremists in the
KOTA KINABALU, February 5, 2015: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s
statement on boycotting Chinese traders who refuse to lower the prices of
goods and that this was seen as an act of sabotage to create public anger
against the government is utterly irresponsible and dangerous of a
minister, says Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Melanie Chia Chui
KOTA KINABALU, January
31, 2015: Peninsular Malaysians now it seems not only snap up teaching
positions in Sabah but also fill up officer positions in the Employee
Provident Fund's local office.
These claims were made by Sabah Progressive Party Deputy President Amde
Sidik, Friday, putting the trend down to the lack of the Borneonisation
His claim came following a query to the EPF as to why officer positions
are being filled up by those from the peninsula while many Sabahans with
diplomas and degrees were never given promotion.
"The usual reason is that peninsula officers had a high-quality
performance record compared to Sabahans," said Amde on the EPF response...more
KOTA KINABALU, January 29, 2015:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the
Malaysia Agreement is explicit that the Borneonisation of the civil
service is a binding obligation on the Malaysian government. But, instead
of gradually implementing Borneonisation of the civil service by replacing
West Malaysian teachers with Sabah teachers, it seems that the government
is speeding up the complete Malayanisation of the civil service in Sabah,
especially in education and religion for whatever hidden agenda ...more
KINABALU, January 22, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk
Yong Teck Lee compared that the party dissolution of 149 branches to the
planting of padi - reverse is actually progress. Yong said that the Supreme Council decision on January 21 to close down
149 mostly inactive branches is to "re-allocate resources, manpower, time
and energy" to constituencies where SAPP has better chances of contesting
and winning in the next general elections.
Yong reasoned that, since SAPP is forming a pact with two other Sabah
local parties and other NGOs, it follows that SAPP will not contest as
many seats as in the last general elections because some constituencies
will be contested by our partners in the Sabah parties coalition ...more
by Amde Sidik
I'm disgusted with this affair, Britney Nicole, from Long Semadoh, Lawas
barred from attending a form three class at SMK Seri Mutiara, Cheras
because she was wearing a 'baju kurung'.
I can only say, we find the most stupid authority and we have the most
stupid people that run the school.
With this behaviour running public institution, would do nothing good for
Only Malay schoolgirl can wear baju kurung? I’ve never heard any other
places in the world that a race like Malay has an exclusive right to
school dresses or any dresses, not even the apartheid government in South
Africa fifty years or so ago ...more
KINABALU, January 10, 2015: SAPP believes that the extension of the
current term of incumbent Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir for one year should
be based on merits and not on racial grounds. All city halls face a wide
variety of challenges that affect ordinary people directly. Similarly, the
KK City Mayor's job is an unenviable task that requires the goodwill of
the people and a strong team in City Hall. Datuk Abidin's four-year tenure
has been relatively calm and we wish him all the best in carrying out his
duties in the coming year ...more
KINABALU, January 10, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Movement
yesterday handed a memorandum to the Sabah Education Director Datuk Jame Alip to
urge for Sabah youths to be given priority in entering the teaching
profession at local teacher colleges in Sabah so as to fill the gap of
local teachers in our primary and secondary schools in Sabah.
Based on the press statement recently it mentioned that out of more than
38,000 teachers in Sabah, 11,000 or 29% of whom are teachers from the
Peninsula. About 3,000 teachers are from Kelantan and Terengganu where
this states adversely affected by massive floods recently, causing the
school opening to be postponed for a week in the whole of Malaysia ...more
KINABALU, January 9, 2015:
"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
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."