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Time for full autonomy for Sabah, Sarawak

KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said now is the time for full autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners to Malaya.

"With full autonomy, Sabah (and Sarawak) would not be made to bear the RM600 billion debt of the Federal government incurred as a result of over spending on projects in Malaya," he said.

Contacted for comments on Friday. Yong claimed it was common knowledge that whoever forms the Federal Government will have to depend on the resources of Sabah and Sarawak for Survival.

"Only a fully autonomous Sabah government which is not under the control of Malaya parties can protect Sabah's resources from the clutches of the Federal government" ...more

Sabah govt's silence on 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers worrying

KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2015: The Home Minister who had revealed the impending import of 1.5 million foreign workers from Bangladesh has now been promoted to Deputy Prime Minister. Is this the reason why the Sabah government has chosen to be silent on the issue? Are Sabah BN leaders fearful of offending their bosses at Putrajaya? asked Sabah Progressive Party Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong.

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

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

KOTA KINABALU, July 26, 2015: In referring to Tan Sri Harris Salleh’s statement on Saturday in the Daily Express, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said:

"It is a sign of a confused man to say that I, through my, “(Yong’s) actions in taking away over 900,000 acres (of land) reserved for Sabahans and the abolition of over 400,000 Yayasan Shares certificates”.

"I never did take away the lands reserved for Sabahans nor did I abolish the Yayasan Shares certificates," Yong added.

In fact, my relatively short tenure as Chief Minster from May 1996 to 1998 saw the approvals of 48,000 cases of lands to Sabahans, mostly Native Titles ...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)

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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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Sabah should reject influx of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers

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

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been reported as saying that 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh will be brought in to Malaysia in stages over three years to work in various fields, especially in the plantation sectors, in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It has been one full month ever since the Home minister revealed the plan but the Sabah government has been strangely silent on the issue ...more

SAPP leaders humiliated and ridiculed by Junz Wong's lie

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

Melanie (pictured at Raya visit) was also a victim to the lies spread during the 13th General Election especially in the social media. The apology by Likas State Assemblyman Junz Wong brought to light the truth and dispelled the allegations against Datuk Yong Teck and also Melanie Chia and SAPP.

Before the 13th GE, the slander against Datuk Yong was extended to attack Melanie which alleged that out of the RM50 million given to Yong, Yong had given Melanie RM5 million. This lie was spread in the coffee shops and was widely circulated the few days just before polling via the Whatsapp and SMS....more

Sabah might get additional 7 seats or more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yong, is an former Sabah Chief Minister further said that after 52 years of federal budgets, it is only now the "40% entitlement" has been successfully brought to the mainstream of Malaysian policy making. Therefore, the brilliance of STAR Chairman Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan to discover this and the courage of Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman to take this up all the way to the Prime Minister deserve our recognition. Datuk Anifah is taking great risks of offending UMNO and the Prime Minister. He might even lose his job over this "40%" claim and other Sabah rights ...more

"40 per cent entitlement" Oct 23 Budget Day

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

Keep Sabah ports in 'Sabahans' hands

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

In a press statement, SAPP Secretary General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong said that it has been reported that the federal Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had told China investors that "Malaysia welcomes China's firms to invest in Malaysian ports" and that the Sepanggar port "is still in the development stage and the government hoped to upgrade the port to international level in which foreign investments were much needed."

Datuk Seri Liow was leading a big delegation of Malaysian businessmen and government officers for a three-day working visit to Beijing last week. "Does Minister Datuk Seri Liow mean that the Sabah ports are now open for privatisation to China investors? If so,why is this not made known to the people of Sabah? Or is federal Minister of Transport unduly interfering with the affairs of the Sabah government?" asked Richard ...more

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

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

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

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

Solidarity for Sabah, SAPP Tandek's humanitarian touch

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

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

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

Japiril Suhaimi, the representative from the village, who is also the SAPP Ranau CLC chairman, was present to receive the donation ...more

SAPP Youth hosts Bubur Lambuk charity event

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

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

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

Legal actions against govt if 999 leases not restored to owners

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

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

Why the silence from the PTI Technical Committee

KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has aired concern that the proposals submitted to the Technical committee on Immigrant Management has not been deliberated on and that the whole exercise was just another Barisan Nasional wayang kulit.

Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy President said this in a press statement issued yesterday.

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

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.

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