KINABALU, September 18, 2014: Police yesterday brought in for questioning
the organiser of a recent forum entitled `Malaysia at Crossroads`, which,
among others, discussed the growing concerns of Sabah's fate in the
Amde Sidek from the Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis (PiPPA)
told the police that the forum was organised because the topic was very
"We had speakers from both academic and politics who are held in high
esteem and experts on these subjects.
"And, I don't think anyone was offended as the discussion and points
raised were all based on facts and figures," Sidek said.
PiPPA organised the forum in Labuan on August 24 and in Kota Kinabalu on
August 27-29 ...more
By Amde Sidik (KOTA KINABALU, 12 September 2014)
I agree absolutely with the statement by the Deputy Home Minister Wan
Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who preferred to listen to “separatists” instead of
Listening to what these people have to say would enable the leaders to
understand the real problem. Are these people really talking about
separation, autonomy or self-rule? Many lawmakers can’t even explain what
are these big words mean let alone people on the street. I 'm prepared to
give 'lectures’ on the topics if need be by accompanying Dr Jeffrey, no
I agree absolutely to Dr Jeffery's statement too, to deal with this is to
take the bull by the horns and putting citizens in jails might paint very
bad light to international community. People are now encouraged by the
event in Scotland in which Scottish are voting for referendum in a week
time or so ...more
KOTA KINABALU, September 3, 2014: It is indicative of the sad state of the
Malaysian federation today when top federal ministers chose Merdeka week
to issue threats against Sabahans for being so-called "Sabah
secessionists". I believe that after 51 (not 57) years in Malaysia, Sabah
people are no longer frightened by such threats. The Deputy Prime Minister
at Sipitang had warned of stern action against "secession talk".
Yesterday, the Home Minister revealed an "imminent" crackdown against
Sabah secessionists whom the government has "identified them".
I only hope that the Home Minister is not making another blunder like he
did on the eve of GE13 early polling when he, as the then Defence
Minister, accused but did not name "three opposition politicians" of being
the master minds behind the 2013 Tanduo Lahad Datu Sulu Intrusion. Up till
now, he has failed to fulfill his promise to identify the three opposition
KOTA KINABALU, August 31, 2014: (TEXT) In the last one year, there have
been rumours by some people that SAPP has closed shop. They laughed as us
for having been completely defeated in the last elections. Yes, we have
lost. But, no, we shall not surrender. SAPP has not, is not and will not
close shop. We fight on.
Yes, we accept defeat. As your President, I apologise for the failure of
SAPP to win any seat in the last elections. I share your disappointment. I
share the humiliation you face from those who take pleasure in mocking us.
Some members who could not stand the cold have left the Party. But you,
delegates and members, have chosen to remain in SAPP because you can tough
it out. As your President, I thank you. My pride in you gives me the
remaining strengths to continue lead this party ...more
In a blink of the eyes, my term as the Woman Chief of SAPP is coming to
the end. Looking back at the four years that were, together with the rest
of the Party, we had faced many challenges. Throughout this challenging
time, the Women’s Wing remains steadfast and continues as an important
trust in SAPP struggle.
The Women’s Wing of the Party had uphold the aim to empower the women as
we believe that this is important in bringing about improvement in the
wellbeing of the members and their families, with the eventual aim of
bringing about better social wellbeing of the society, and therefore the
Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya mengucapkan syabas dan tahniah kepada kamu,
ahli ahli parti yang begitu bersemangat pada hari ini menunjukkan bahawa
SAPP ini Parti yang masih relevan dan masih diperlukan demi Autonomi Sabah.
Dalam masa dua tahun sejak Kongres kita yang lalu, banyak sudah berlaku.
Kita nampak tahap keberkesanan kita berkempen. Kita nampak samaada rakyat
Sabah cukup matang untuk menerima manifesto kita atau sebaliknya.
Memang hati kita duka apabila kecundang di medan pilihanraya…
Ramai yang memperkecilkan kerja kita. Mereka merperlekehkan perjuangan
kita. Kita dikatakan kacau daun. Kita dihina, dichop sebagai tali barut BN
dan banyak lagi… Banyak duit keluar pada PRU13 lepas.. Selain daripada
untuk menang, ada sponsor-sponsor yang keluarkan belanja besar agar SAPP
kalah semua kerusi dan tutup kedai…
Sampaikan mesej untuk mereka ini, Yalah… kamu menanglah.. SAPP kalah semua
kerusi tapi pada hari ini, …satu tahun, tiga bulan dan 24 hari selepas
PRU13…. SAPP masih ada… Tidak tutup kedai… tutup Kedai tidak terlintas di
minda semua pejuang pejuang negeri Sabah di dewan ini ...more
Congress 2014: Message from the President
KOTA KINABALU, August 30, 2014:
(TEXT) "Humiliating defeat", "disastrous", "makan
telur", "close shop" and other mocking, even vulgar, words were thrown at
SAPP, our leaders and members after we had lost completely at the last
general elections. The "victors" ridiculed us. We were laughed at. Those
of us, a few, who were demoralised had left the Party. Those of us who are
tough enough to brave the cold have chosen to remain in SAPP.
The fact that SAPP leaders and members continue to hold our heads high
testify to the fact that our struggle is based on truths, sincerity and
sacrifice. SAPP remains fearless. Our struggle remains honourable. Our
members remain proud. The reason is that what we have said before are
The need for Sabah IC, the continuing land grabs, exploitation of Sabah's
resources, rising costs of living, deteriorating security and the
defection of Pakatan YBs have all been predicted by us.
Little or nothing is being done to rectify the injustices suffered by
Sabah. Instead, both the BN and Pakatan leaders busy themselves with their
internal power struggles, to the dismay of the people ...more
KOTA KINABALU, Ogos 30, 2014: Mesyuarat agung tahunan bagi tahun ini
membawa makna yang signifikan kepada saya, kerana ia adalah tahun
pemilihan parti yang membawa simbolik perubahan dan pembaharuan kepada
Keputusan pilhanraya tahun lepas, hanya merupakan satu cabaran permulaan
bagi parti, dimana kita mesti mempertahankan konsep kuasa autonomi untuk
memastikan Sabah mendapat hak-hak yang saksama seperti agihan pendapatan
minyak yang lebih tinggi, peluang pekerjaan yang lebih banyak, pendidikan
yang baik, taraf hidup yang lebih sempurna dan sebagainya.
Wanita sebagai sebahagian anggota dalam masyarakat, memainkan peranan yang
amat penting dalam mengejar hasrat ini, dimana wanita hari ini tidak perlu
lagi merendahkan diri sebagai seorang hamba, malah adalah penggerak dalam
arus pembangungan negara.
Demi memastikan rakyat Sabah dan anak cucu kita mendapat hak-hak yang
sewajarnya, bersama-samalah kita berganding bahu dalam usaha sedemikian
KOTA KINABALU, Ogos 30, 2014: Rakan-rakan seperjuangan yang saya hormati
Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan syabas kepada semua
cawangan-cawangan yang telah berjaya mengadakan mesyuarat-mesyuarat agung
pada tahun ini.
Kongres kita pada tahun ini amat penting untuk masa depan SAPP dan Sabah.
Ramai yang tertanya-tanya samada SAPP masih lagi wujud ataupun sudah
hanyut setelah dihempas oleh ombak PRU13 yang lalu. Maka kehadiran kamu
semua pada hari ini akan menjawab ketidak-pastian mereka.
Perhimpunan kita pada hari ini akan menunjukkan kepada semua bahawa SAPP
bukan sahaja setakat masih wujud tapi SAPP masih relevan dalam
memperjuangkan otonomi untuk Sabah yang tercinta ini.
Saya merasa cukup kagum dan bangga dengan seluruh warga pemuda di seluruh
negeri Sabah yang telah bertungkus lumus menjayakan apa jua
program-program yang diatur oleh pihak Parti demi persiapan jentera
pilihanraya PRU13 ...more
August 26, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice-president
Edward Dagul said that the 10 per cent stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas
Sdn Bhd 9 (LNG 9) plant in Bintulu, Sarawak given by the federal
government to Sabah would never replace the 20 per cent oil royalty as
stipulated in the 20 points.
Speaking before the 'Malaysia at Crossroads' public forum organised by
SAPP here, Dagul said that the 10 per cent was only a token and not an oil
royalty as what was agreed in the Malaysia Agreement or in the 20 points
"The 10 per cent can be translated into just a small token from one of
Petronas subsidiaries. What we agreed then was Sabah has the right to have
20 per cent oil royalty from the total oil and gas annual income ...more
August 25, 2014: Former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck
Lee yesterday questioned why the federal government refused to build the
bridge to link Labuan and Sabah.
Yong said when he was in the Barisan Nasional, Sabah was in favour of the
bridge and he believed the state now still agreed to have the project.
“Last year Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the
government would not build the bridge and I was surprised with the
following statement by the federal minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan
Tengku Mansor who said that Sabah was cool on the bridge project.
“As far as I am concerned, the thing that Sabah is cool about is on the
land swap proposal for a few thousand acres in Sabah mainland for the
bridge landing project proposed by the former Sabah chief minister, Tan
Sri Harris Salleh ...
KINABALU, August 19, 2014: "The best way to act on secession talk is
to solve the grievances of Sabahans over the failure of the Malaysian
government to fulfill the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963," said
ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
"Borneonisation of the civil service, autonomous control over immigration,
security, land rights, oil and gas, religion, unemployment, poverty and
cabotage policy are some key issues that are long overdue for a solution,"
said Yong. "Sabahans, especially natives, are increasingly aghast at the
erosion of identity as Sabahan natives" ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 11, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth
demands that the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry ( RCI) on the
Sabah illegal immigrants be made public.
A peaceful gathering to ask why the findings have not yet been made public
was organised here in Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu (Gaya Street) by
some twenty youths led by its Youth Chief, Edward Dagul.
We are puzzled why the findings of the RCI have not yet been made public
by the authorities, said Edward.
The kidnappings, linked to the perennial problem of the large population
of illegal immigrants in the east coast of Sabah in recent months have
caused Sabahans great concern. The people of Sabah deserves better
security, thus, the importance of the findings, coupled with, the RCI
recommendations to the government ...more
KOTA KINABALU, August 1, 2014: Fostering goodwill and fellowship during
Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) attended
Hari Raya open houses hosted by its party leaders and friends around Kota
Kinabalu area on their 2nd day visiting.
Led by its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and accompanied by his wife Datin
Stella Yong, Secretary-General Richard Yong We Kong, Information Chief
Chong Pit Fah, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Vice President Don Chin
Hon Kiong, party leaders and members, they visited former Karambunai
candidate Aziz Ibrahim at his residence in Kampung Likas. Also on the
visiting list was Puan Norlela binti Malim and Mohd Omrah bin Antung from
At Aziz's Hari Raya open house, Yong also met the Sabah GBBM visiting
group led by it Advisor Chin Vui Kai , deputy chairlady Shirley Ho and
members exchanging greetings with each other.
SAPP has been consistent in its effort to preserve and cultivate the
values of peace and harmony among the various ethnic races and
multi-religious society of Sabah which is important to prevent
polarisation which was unfortunately happening in other parts of Malaysia
KINABALU, July 29, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) as usual took time
to visit Muslim leaders and friends during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri in the
State Capital as a gesture of goodwill and friendship.
The delegation led by its president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee visited the
residences of its party VIPs (former Sabah Finance Minister Datuk Mohd
Noor Mansur and Party Advisor Datuk Murshidi Nambi) in Petagas and
Sembulan respectively on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Accompanying Yong is his wife Datin Stella Yong, party advisors Datuk Paul
Wong and Datuk Joseph Voon Sin Choi together with party offiicials
Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong We Kong, Information Chief Chong Pit
Fah, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Supreme Councillor Chia Mui Lee
and other members ...more
The State Government had vouched that there will be no more seafront
reclamation in Kota Kinabalu!
KINABALU, July 23, 2014:
In July 2012 the Sabah government tabled in the the State Legislative
Assembly the amendment to the Land Ordinance prohibiting further
reclamation to the Kota Kinabalu waterfront to make it difficult for
others in future to easily reclaim the area in question.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had then said the protection of the
city’s waterfront from further reclamation was for the benefit of future
Many quarters applauded the Chief Minister’s decision then including the
Tourism Minister who had then said that “This is not only for our tourism
industry but it is for our future generation, our children, our people,”
he said. That decision has ensured the scenic beauty of Kota Kinabalu
remains to be enjoyed by future generations, he stressed. Masidi had also
said that many tourists has complimented KK’s beautiful seafront and have
urged the State Govt to ensure it stays that way. He had also said that
there are not many cities in the world that are blessed with natural
beauty like KK and that we should ensure that we don’t lose it through
wanton and haphazard development of the city ...more
KOTA KINABALU, July 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) reiterated its stance on the
proposed Tanjung Aru beach reclamation for commercial development
involving a footprint of 739 acres of land, more than double the size of
Sutera Harbour project. SAPP urge the government to leave the beach for
the general public and ordinary people. The duty and responsibility of the
government is upkeep and maintain the beach making sure it is safe and
accessible to the public. It is not the business of the government to
involve in commercial development and seemingly developing the Tanjung Aru
for the rich and wealthy. The team from SAPP said this during their visit
to the Environment Protection Department office to view the EIA report on
porposed Tanjung Aru Eco Development yesterday ...more
KINABALU, July 19, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is flying the
Malaysian flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died in the
July 17 tragedy.
SAPP also extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of
the victims whom were passengers and crew onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight
MH17 that came down after it was attacked by suspected guided missile over
eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
All 298 people including 44 Malaysians were on board the plane perished in
"Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you
and your family during this difficult time"
"May their souls rest in eternal peace" ...
KOTA KINABALU, July 17, 2014: The issue whether our navy and other security forces are allowed to shoot at cross border intruders has revealed that the federal government is in disarray over ESSCOM, creating more confusion by the day and making people wonder if the actions of the government are based on guess work or facts, said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee today.
The Home Minister is reported as telling the navy, which is under the
defence minister, to go ahead and shoot. But the Home Minister did not say
whether he authorises his own police force to shoot.
On the other hand, the Attorney General advised against such shootings
while the Prime Minister called for clearer rules. The outcome is even
more confusion ...more
KOTA KINABALU, July 5, 2014: "Malaysia's cabotage policy was designed for
national interests but it imposes unfair disadvantages on the Borneo
component of the nation, that is the Sabah economy, especially on
export-oriented manufacturing and import of consumer goods. Sabah,
therefore, has been made to pay a heavy price for a national policy," said
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee added that
like other countries, Malaysia also wanted to protect its domestic
shipping industry and its major shipping companies are powerful vested
interests with a strong influence over shipping policy.
"That is why even the partial liberalisation of the cabotage policy in
2009 to allow limited international shippers to pick up foreign-origin
transhipment cargo from Port Klang to Sabah was possible only because of
strong intervention by the then Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat.
"If Malaysia insists on keeping the cabotage policy without further
alienating the Borneo states, then it must look at the compromises adopted
by other countries to offset the adverse effects of cabotage on
disadvantaged components of the nation ...more
KOTA KINABALU, July 5, 2014: It is crucial for Malaysia to reset its
relations with the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)
with a view to provide security and peace in Sabah as was clearly promised
during the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said Malaysia must show
serious political will and deploy overwhelming resources to regain the
upper hand at the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) or else it will
lose more than just prestige ...
KINABALU, July 2, 2014: KOTA KINABALU - Malaysia is paying the price of
"betraying" MNLF leader, Nur Misuari, during then Prime Minister Tun Dr
Mahathir Mohamad's tenure, as evident by the spate of kidnapping incidents.
Former Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, said it was a big mistake
on the part of Malaysia to send back Misuari to Manila in 2001 when he was
fleeing the Philippine authorities and was in Malaysian waters off Sabah.
"We were burning the bridge between Malaysia and MNLF," he said in an
interview with a national tabloid.
In November 2001, Misuari fled to Sabah following a failed MNLF rebellion
against Manila and alleged irregularities when he was Governor of ARMM
(Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao).
KINABALU, June 18, 2014: It can't be implemented here because the
multi-ethnic and multi-religious background of Sabah is different from
those in the peninsula.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Amde Sidik is adamant that
hudud has no place in Sabah.
He said hudud was never in the spirit of Malaysia, and was never in the
agenda prior to the signing of Malaysia Agreement in 1963.
Sidik said hudud law was not only upsetting the structure of the legal
system but also the political system as a whole.
“PAS leaders are saying that non-Muslims need not worry because hudud only
applies to Muslims. I would say everyone in this country has the
legitimate right to be worried.
“On the surface, Muslims may agree because they are scared of being
branded as defying God’s law, but I can tell you, many are just as unsure
as non-Muslims ...more
KINABALU, June 18, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk
Seri Yong Teck Lee said the implementation of Hudud criminal law will
inevitably lead to a complete revamp of the country's legal system.
"It was honourable of lawyer Hamid Ismail, who is now a Deputy
Commissioner in Sabah PAS, to confirm our conversation at the January 2013
public forum on Hudud law that Hudud criminal law can be instituted in
Malaysia by an amendment to the Penal Code which does not require a
parliamentary 2/3 majority," said Yong.
"DAP was also invited but at the last moment had absented themselves. It
is clear to that the Penal Code applies to everybody, both citizens and
non-citizens of whatever religious faith ...more
KOTA KINABALU, June 16, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) fears that
the Hudud law, if implemented in Malaysia, will affect all citizens and
not just the Muslims.
Its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee cited gambling and drinking which
are outlawed in Kelantan, but the law applied not just to the Muslims but
everyone in that State.
"So if Hudud is implemented in Malaysia, it will also affect all people,"
he said at the joint annual general meeting of the SAPP KK/Penampang zones
at the Hakka Hall in Tanjung Lipat, here, Sunday.
According to him, PAS did not lie about Hudud because it said that it was
going to implement the Hudud law.
"But the one that lied was DAP when they say a two-third majority in
Parliament is needed for Hudud to be implemented," said Yong ...more
KINABALU, June 15, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party has successfully held
their KK/Penampang joint branches' AGM today at the Hakka Hall in
Tanjung Lipat, Likas.
Launching of the event was officiated by veteran politician at 1 pm which
ended around 5 pm.
Among the issues during speeches by chairmen of Inanam,
Karambunai, Likas, Api Api, Luyang, Tanjong Aru, Kapayan and Moyog CLCs
were hot issues like RCI, Sabah's oil royalty, the spread of Malayan
parties' racial and religious extremism, Sabah's autonomy, the defections
of DAP and PKR assemblymen and various issues ...more
KINABALU, June 13, 2014: In preparation for its party congress on 30 and
31 August, the Kota Kinabalu and Penampang Zone of SAPP will be launching
its branches annual general meetings this Sunday at the Hakka Hall in
Tanjong Lipat, Likas with members from the party divisions at Inanam,
Karambunai, Likas, Api Api, Luyang, Tanjong Aru, Kapayan and Moyog," said
the Zone Chairman Datuk Liew Teck Chan.
"Starting at 1pm, the launching will be officiated by veteran politician
Datuk Hj. Mohammed Nor Mansoor. Registration is open at 12 noon," said
KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Former Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia has
called on the State Government to not make a mockery of its own
legislations when proposing development projects, especially those which
involved massive sea reclamation.
She questioned whether the requirement for Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) for prescribed activities in the state is still intact and
Making the call when commenting on the proposed Kota Kinabalu Local Plan
2020 which has now come under close public scrutiny, she pointed out that
the Environment Protection Enactment 2002 (Prescribed Activities)
(Environmental Impact Assessment) Order 2005 clearly stipulates that any
person who intends to undertake any prescribed activities shall prepare
and submit to the Director of the state Environment Protection Department
an EIA report ...more
KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Yong has issued a challenge to those accusing him
of having alienated open spaces and seafront land, including at Tg Aru, to
come up with solid proof before making such allegations.
"Tell us when it was approved, who was the Chief Minister because as far
as I know, and it is a fact, it was not me. Those who keep saying it was
me, these people are lying," he said.
Yong who was a Chief Minister from May 1996 to 1998, said the facts of the
Tanjung Aru development were already being reviewed in open court during
"The approval and agreement were signed even before I became Chief
"During my time, we cancelled one approval which involved the reclamation
of Tanjung Aru beach awarded to Hong Leong, a public-listed company from
"It was approved earlier and we cancelled it.
That is as far as I know. The agreement was signed, sealed and delivered
before Yong Teck Lee became Chief Minister, that's a fact, unless you say
I can do magic lah," he said ...more
KINABALU, June 8, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk
Yong Teck Lee said the State Government should demand the release of the
official document on the findings of the June 6, 1976 plane crash that
wiped out many leaders in the newly-installed State Cabinet from the
Yong said this report had been kept confidential at the request of the
"The Australian Government had done their own investigation since the
aircraft (Nomad) was made by an Australian company.
But they will not reveal the results of their investigation because of
"To get them to reveal, it must come from another foreign government which
in this case, at least the State Government. We are wondering why the
Malaysian government had asked them not to reveal this ...more
KINABALU, June 3, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Women chief Melanie
Chia Chui Ket attended the second Public Consultation of the Final Draft
Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 yesterday and has submitted an
objection/comment form to City Hall stating her objections to the proposed
plan in and around the Tanjung Aru Beach area.
Chia, who is also SAPP vice president, said this was because Tanjung Aru
Beach is an icon to Kota Kinabalu City and remains an important asset to
Chia, in a statement, said in that respect, she objected to the extensive
reclamation proposed at the beach front here (extending to hundreds of
acres of reclaimed land) and the reclaimed seafront land that is marked
for hotel and resort purposes ...more
KOTA KINABALU, May 24, 2014: Members of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP)
also joined in the "Save Tanjung Aru Beach" signature campaign held at the
city's Tanjung Aru beach area. Some of the pictures for the album.
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More public consultations and feedback
needed for DBKK "final draft"
KOTA KINABALU, May 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president
Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the DBKK "final draft" plans should be postponed
indefinitely until more public consultations and feedback have been
"This is because there are some serious issues like loss of public reserve
lands to commercial uses.
"Other than the controversial issue of the Tg Aru beach which is glaring
and has aroused public anger, the plans also include the commercialisation
of the KK central market Land and some native traditional kampongs," he
When asked about the Tg Aru rezoning issue where the Mayor has given
assurance that the beach and Prince Philip Park will remain accessible to
the public, Yong said that this is a form of land grab whereby the public
and also villagers lose their land to private developers.
"The Tanjung Aru plans shows an entire swap of Land PLUS sea as zoned
commercial for hotels and resorts. The Mayor needs to be more specific in
what he meant by continued public access to the beach. For example, there
is no public access to the sea fronts at Tg Aru beach Hotel and Sutera
harbour. Only Hyatt in down town is continued access to sea front
KINABALU, May 17, 2014: "China tourists and businessmen will again come to
Sabah, which is friendly, offers the best tourist destinations at most
affordable prices and nearest to China", said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong
Teck Lee in a statement here today.
Yong observed that China is a rising power which attracts suspicions among
other nations, saying that China cannot run away from the stark reality
that she needs friends.
"China's neighbours are displaying anything from cold shoulder to outright
hostility towards China over maritime claims and history. China's
out-bound visitors face an increasingly angry Philippines, a hostile Japan
and now anti-China mobs in Vietnam targeting ordinary Chinese. Another
popular destination, Thailand is beset with political violence. These are
all risky countries for China tourists and business people," said Yong
adding that the recent mass protests at Taiwan against further
assimilation into the China economy show the uneasiness among Taiwanese
towards mainland China ...more
KINABALU, May 10, 2014: Long after the foreign gunmen have fled back
to the Philippines with their victims, the Home Minister and his top brass
from Putrajaya heroically showed up at Lahad Datu accompanied by an
impressive force of police VAT 69 commandoes and not less than four truck
loads of fully armed soldiers and countless undercover agents in a town
now familiar with road blocks and low flying surveillance aircraft that
appear each time a government minister drops by. The Home Minister has
been given a “black eye and bloody nose” by the latest cross-border
abduction deep in Malaysian territory.
The people of Sabah, and our helpless Chief Minister, are fed with yet
another round of promises and big talk of actions, beefing up of military
assets, co-operation with the Philippines and so on by the federal
It is high time that the Malaysian authorities disclose whether the armed
bandits are actually Abu Sayaff or are ex-operatives of MILF or MNLF or
are "lost commands" of the disbanded MNLF/MILF forces ...more
KINABALU, April 10, 2014: "The people of Sabah have suffered too long
because of the failure of the federal government to fulfill its
constitutional duty to secure Sabah from foreign intrusions and cross
border violent crimes, resulting in a loss of confidence on the
authorities. The recent cross border abductions of tourists have
inevitably caused severe damage to the economy as well. We can imagine the
extreme trauma currently faced by the kidnap victims and the anguish felt
by the victims' families. Perhaps the ministers do not feel the suffering
of the people in Sabah. "Enough is enough!"
On Home Minister Zahid's slap challenge for me to slap him personally, I
accept his challenge and invite him to come to visit Lahad Datu and
Semporna without being escorted by his crowd of bodyguards and police and
army security cordon.
I will donate the RM501 from Zahid to the Tabung Wira Lahad Datu (Lahad
Datu Heroes Fund) for the benefit of the families of the fallen heroes who
were sacrificed in defending Sabah during the Lahad Datu Tanduo intrusion
in March 2013. If Zahid keeps his promise to pay the RM501 upon being
slapped, I am confident that Sabahans will contribute more than ten times
to the Fund ...more
KINABALU, April 6, 2014: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku
Jaafar was quoted yesterday in saying that resorts operating in remote
locations off Sabah should cease operation as authorities cannot prevent
repeats of Wednesday’s abduction near Semporna. He said the Eastern Sabah
Security Command (ESSCOM) — tasked with coordinating security forces in
Sabah, could not provide round-the-clock protection to these far-flung
Melanie Chia Chui Ket, the Vice President and Women Chief of Sabah
Progressive Party, condemned the suggestion made by the Deputy Home
Minister saying that the Government cannot shrug off its responsibility
just like that!
The Deputy Home Minister is being highly irresponsible even to suggest
that resorts operating in remote locations off Sabah should cease
operation only because he thinks that the security forces could not
provide round the clock protection to these far-flung locations! ...more
KINABALU, April 4, 2014: “I offer RM500 to anyone who slaps the Home
Affairs Minister when he next visits Sabah for him to take ministerial
responsibility for yet another serious security breach in Sabah’s east
coast. I offer another RM500 for another slap on the Home Minister for his
broken promise to reveal the names of the “three opposition leaders”
behind the Lahad Datu Tanduo intrusion last year,” said ex-Chief Minister
Datuk Yong Teck Lee in expressing the anger felt by Sabahans today over
the latest cross-border kidnapping of a female tourist and a resort worker
The current Home Minister, Datuk Zahid Hamidi, who was the then defence
minister, had on the eve of early polling by security forces and families
in last year’s general elections, accused but could not name, three
opposition leaders who he said were behind the Sulu intrusion at Lahad
Datu. Zahid had said that he would reveal the names of the three after the
general elections. Datuk Yong had called this kind of playing politics
with security as sickening ...more
KINABALU, March 20, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) saluted the new
Sarawak Chief Minister and hit State Government's firm stand in
safeguarding Sarawakian interests, which it said should be emulated by the
Sabah State Government.
Its Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun. who said this, also urged the
Sabah Chief Minister and State Government to state its stand on what was
raised by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem on the oil royalty
increase and soon.
Adenan was reported Monday as hoping to get the Federal Government to
agree to 20 per cent oil royalty for Sarawak. saying he would ask the
Federal Government if they could accommodate the request.
Believing the Federal Government will consider it favourably. Adenan said
the present 5 per cent oil and gas royalty rate is a common complaint by
Sarawakians and Sabahans, usually talked about in the same breath as their
relative lack of development ...more
KINABALU, March 9, 2014: The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC)
should use its public dialogue to examine current major issues and not
just to discuss the same topics that have been brought up since over a
Former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the latest NUCC
dialogue held here yesterday had attracted an encouraging turnout and
participation from the floor in the discussion session was very good.
However, he said it was disappointing that the main topic being
deliberated, which was national unity, was out of date as it had been
thoroughly discussed in the late 80s.
"There were many interesting issues being brought up but unfortunately the
discussion centred mostly on national integration, which had been
discussed during the National Economy Consultative Council (MAPEN) meeting
in 1989 and its report was later documented in February 1991," he said
when met after the public dialogue entitled "Grass Roots Voices, Building
a United Malaysian Race", organized by NUCC at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
KINABALU, March 6, 2014: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants to know
why priority is not being given to Sabahans in recruitment of teachers in
The opposition party said the State Education Department should explain
the rationale behind the deployment of almost 70% of teachers from
Peninsular Malaysia to teach in Sabah.
Brister Mokujal, a youth wing leader of the party who led a peaceful
protest on the issue at the premises of State Education Department in the
Federal Building in Sembulan here, yesterday, said it was incredible that
there were still insufficient Sabahan teachers ...more
has issued press statement as DAP Tenom District leader 8 months ago and
no one from DAP has ever contradicted him ... but why only now?
KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Chief Edward Dagul
today in response to DAP Sabah Organizing Secretary Junz Wong's denial on
Mairi's membership said that it was Teresa Kok who had cheerfully
announced on 11th June 2013 that Rudy Mairi Sulaiman had joined DAP.
"The Selangor DAP leader had tweeted her photo (attached) receiving Rudy
at a ceremony in Tenom flanking a big rocket logo in the presence of an
apparently satisfied Jimmy Wong, the State DAP chief. So, is the newly
promoted Sabah DAP Organising Secretary, Junz Wong, calling Theresa Kok
and Jimmy Wong liars?
Following the so called ceremony, Rudy had been issuing statements to the
press under the tag of a DAP leader of Tenom and no one from DAP has ever
denied that he (Rudy) is neither a member nor a District DAP leader. In
fact, in the 5th July 2013 issue of Daily Express, Rudy confirmed that he
was in direct communication with Junz Wong. So, how can Junz Wong now
state that Rudy was never a member of DAP?" ...share
KINABALU, February 27, 2014: Rudy Mairi Sulaiman was much earlier on
already enticed by DAP, so it is not true that he left SAPP for KDM
Malaysia. In fact, he left DAP for KDM Malaysia because of broken promises
by DAP, said Edward Dagul, SAPP Youth Chief.
“We were puzzled by the statement made yesterday in the online portal The
Borneo Insider that Rudy had led a group of SAPP members to join KDM
Malaysia,” said Edward.
It was widely reported, on 13th June 2013, that Rudy had joined DAP. The
membership application handing over ceremony by Teresa Kok, DAP MP for
Seputeh was cheerfully announced by in her twitter posting on 11th June
February 24, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President Datuk
Frankie Chong giving out relief supplies such as bags of rice and food
assortments SAPP member families in Kg.Ansip & Kg.Pegalungan.
As many as 45 SAPP member families were given aid during the give away of
aid. Those who were at the giving out of donations were Puan Irene Chan
from SAPP women's EXCO and members of AJK CLC Sook.
Vice president Jimmy Jawatah was also giving provisional aid such as rice
and food assortments at areas of Malalap and Kamabong. As many as 217
families SAPP member families received aid. SAPP leaders who were also at
attendance during the giving out of aid were vice president & SAPP women's
wing chief Puan Melanie Chia and wife of Parti President Datin Seri
Panglima Stella Yong ...
KINABALU, February 22, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Yong Teck Lee
said the Sabah government must make its stand clear publicly on the issue of
whether Air Asia should be relocated to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 of the KK
International Airport. So far, Air Asia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes seems to be
the spokesman for the Sabah government and the Chief Minister.
"This is because the Sabah Government is answerable to Sabahans and to the Sabah
travel industry whereas Tony Fernandes is answerable only to his shareholders
and his pockets," he added.
Yong who is also ex-chief minister of Sabah said, "while people are thankful for
the contribution of Air Asia to Sabah’s travel industry, we must realise that
Air Asia fares “plus this and that” is no longer cheap. And cheap air fares is
not the only reason that tourists come to Sabah because Air Asia offers also low
airfares to other destinations, some of which are competitors of Sabah ...more
KINABALU, February 18, 2014: The government must immediately come up with an
effective long-term solution to resolve the perennial and worsening flood
situation in Beaufort.
According to SAPP Women chief Melanie Chia, as the problem has been in existing
for more than 30 years, the government should have come up with solutions to
resolve it, especially since the floods in Beaufort are getting worse.
There should be no more excuses for the government not to be able to address the
perennial problem, she told a press conference yesterday ...more
KINABALU, February 18, 2014: The number of flood victims in Beaufort is higher
than that reported by the media as many did not report themselves to the relief
centres that were set up by the government.
This is because many of those living in the remote villages were reluctant to
leave their homes as they were concerned for their property and belongings, thus
causing them to be stranded there.
According to SAPP Lumadan CLC chairman Jamain Sarudin, many of these victims are
from the voting districts of Bangkalalak and Padas Damit which are located about
60km away or an hour's drive from Beaufort town ...more
KINABALU, February 15, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong
Teck Lee said the accusations by DAP and its leader Junz Wong against SAPP and
him (Yong) were so viciously defamatory that only a full withdrawal and apology
can defuse lawsuits.
“Junz had personally alleged that `SAPP has worked out a 50 million deal
agreement with Najib to split Sabah voters` and that SAPP had offered him (Junz)
candidacy and some cash.
“These are blatant lies that only Junz Wong can answer for in a court of law,”
Yong told reporters in response to DAP Sabah chief Jimmy Wong`s call for SAPP
and the party president to withdraw the defamation suits against DAP and Junz
KOTA KINABALU, February 12, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said Likas
Assemblyman, Junz Wong is playing a cat and mouse game to avoid being served
with the legal suits from the party.
SAPP Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah said party personnel had been trying to
serve the suits since January this year but Wong had always been giving them the
"As we send off the year of the snake, there is a sense of hope yet anxiety in
welcoming the year of the horse. I believe that the new year will be a strenuous
test of the people's endurance and our resilience in the face of inevitable
rising costs of living. The trend of family incomes not being able to keep up
with the family commitments such as education, health and housing will continue
in the new year," Yong Teck Lee.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! ....please
KINABALU, January 25, 2014: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called for
the State’s power utility management to be fully returned to the State
Government after the recent power outage which left all of Sabah and Labuan
without electricity for some ten hours.
SAPP Kota Kinabalu Youth Chief John Stephen Dionysius said the power outage
clearly showed the inability of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in managing the
state’s power supply under Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).
“We think this is rather unfair for Sabah especially now with the increase in
electricity tariff by 16.9 per cent,” he said during a peaceful protest staged
by some 20 SAPP members at the SESB headquarters in Karamunsing here, at about
Also present are SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul, SAPP supreme councillor Stephan
Gaimin, SAPP Youth and Mudanita members ...more
Too eager to be hero, Junz Wong has tragically turned a private family matter
into a public embarrassment
KINABALU, January 23, 2014: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has accused DAP Sabah
assistant secretary cum Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong of allegedly manipulating
the young girl in the ‘fake robbery’ controversy, to come out to apologise
Speaking at a news conference held here today, a group of SAPP women activists
led by its supreme councillor Chia Miu Lee claimed that Wong had manipulated the
girl to issue a public apology, to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall especially, after
his dubious claim concerning the so-called robbery attempt which allegedly took
place in Suria Sabah recently, backfired.
They were responding to the public apology made by the girl, who refused to be
identified, in a news conference organized by Wong, on Wednesday ...more
KINABALU, January 21, 2014: The unity of the people of all races, religions and
social backgrounds is crucial in determining the success of Sabah's struggle for
autonomy and progress, said ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, in remarks on
the role of the Chinese Sabahans in fighting for Sabah which was raised by STAR
Sabah Chapter Chairman Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan recently.
"Dr. Jeffrey is well aware that his struggle for Sabah ever since the 1980s has
been helped by patriots of all races, including ethnic Chinese Sabahan
activists. Therefore, people should not be upset by his "out of the blue"
comments last week that Chinese Sabahans should not only be interested in
business but should protect Sabah's interests and autonomy, as though the
Chinese community have not and are not doing so" said Yong, an ethnic Chinese
Sabahan who also has been fighting for Sabah rights and autonomy ...more
KINABALU, January 19, 2014: One day when Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has a
Yang Berhormat (YB), be it four or 10 years later, it will prove that SAPP is a
Sabah-based party that never gives up.
SAPP president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee said people had predicted that
SAPP would “gulung tikar” (come to an end) after the 13th General Election
“Let us all be patient. One day, be it four or 10 years later, when SAPP wins a
YB (a constituency), we will be revived,” he said, while urging party members to
continue SAPP’s struggle.
“And the people will say that this party, SAPP, is a party that never gives up.”
may have been washed-out in GE13 but its still retained its dignity unlike
peninsular opposition Pakatan Rakyat which has seen defections.
KOTA KINABALU, January 19, 2014: Despite its washout performance in the last
general election, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is not about to retreat
from the political arena in the state.
Brushing aside speculations by political observers that SAPP is on its last leg,
the party’s women’s wing chief Melanie Chia said the rumours were unfounded.
“SAPP still has the fighting spirit to continue fighting for the people. We are
fully aware that there are still unfinished jobs for us,” she told members and
supporters at the party’s annual dinner here recently ...more
January 16, 2014 (Thur): The police explanation of the shooting spree affecting
46 business premises here as the work of “naughty kids” is too facile, former
Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee said on Thursday.
“It even took the police three days to clarify that the widely-circulated photos
of two persons handcuffed, sitting on the floor in a police facility, were not
that of the shooters in KK.
“As though it is not worrying enough that the police had no foreknowledge of the
shooting spree, the police seem (to be) at a loss, even with the benefit of
hindsight and after reviewing evidence gathered,” Yong said.
He added that it was equally worrisome when the Deputy Inspector General of
Police blamed Sabah’s long coast line for possible smuggling of air guns used in
the shooting, insinuating that the weapons were brought in from the Philippines.
“This amounts to a glaring admission that Sabah’s borders are still not
sufficiently secured by ESSCOM ...
KINABALU, Januari 15, 2014: Pendedahan pendatang asing tanpa izin (PTI) yang
mendapat Mykad dan seterusnya jadi pengundi di Sabah dilaporkan semasa
pendengaran saksi saksi di hadapan Jawatankuasa Suruhanjaya DiRajah (RCI)
mengenai masalah PTI di Sabah.
Pendedahan 60% murid orang asing yang bersekolah di sekolah rendah kerajaan di
Putatan adalah manifestasi hak rakyat Sabah semakin diboloti oleh orang asing.
Rakyat Sabah semakin bimbang generasi anak watan sudah tidak menikmati erti
kemerdekaan apabila negeri mereka hilang kuasa untuk mempertahankan hak dan
kedaulatan negeri Sabah.
Pihak SAPP menuntut laporan RCI yang dikemukakan kepada kerajaan supaya dapat
juga dilaporkan kepada orang awam agar kesahihan pemberian Mykad samada melalui
Projek IC mahupun melalui sindiket dapat didedahkan secara terbuka ...more
KINABALU, January 3, 2014: The autonomy call has now become part of the
mainstream politics in Sabah, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President
Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Thursday.
He said this development seems like a breakthrough as the trend "autonomy"
ideals continue to surge in Sabah and Sarawak.
"Every political party and some nongovernmental organisations are forced to
trumpet 'autonomy' as their platform.
"Any party that dreams of winning the hearts and minds of Sabahans now must at
least promise autonomy to Sabah," he said.
As a result, Yong said no political parties dared to speak against the autonomy,
including peninsula parties, at present despite SAPP all this while was
championing this cause after it left Barisan Nasional in 2008. He said the
situation now is a stark contrast of what it was, five years ago at a time when
SAPP began to trump on autonomy ...more