Sabahan capable to lead opposition parties
KINABALU: There is no need for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim to lead the Sabah opposition parties in the fight against
Barisan Nasional in the coming general election, as Sabahans are
capable of doing it themselves, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP)
deputy president Amde Sidik.
He said this while commenting on the statement of Sabah People Front
Party's (SPFP) President Berman Angkap yesterday, proposing Anwar to
lead the opposition in Sabah.
"It would be ideal by leaving it to State based political parties, if
they can combine among themselves to contest in the state, in the
coming GE against the mighty BN as mentioned by the Sabah People Front
Party's (SPFP) president Berman Angkap yesterday.
"But as to why Berman is proposing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to lead, I
wouldn't really understand. Anwar Ibrahim has no power to decide what
for us in Sabah and I'm of the opinion, Sabahans are able to lead
individually or components parties in the event there is such thing
given a chance," said Amde in a statement yesterday.
He also rebuked Berman for labelling SAPP as a Chinese based political
party, suggesting that Berman should update his knowledge on the
development of political parties in Sabah, in particular SAPP.
"I agree at the moment SAPP is being led by a Chinese leader in the
name of Datuk Yong Teck Lee, this is just like Air Asia is being led by
Datuk Tony Fernandez or Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow heads the Public Bank.
Does it matter who lead what for the good of the people and the
country? I'm talking about leaders with political maturity too.
"My question is, what's wrong with a Chinese, Kadazan, Kadayan, Bajau,
Brunai and the like? Penang has always had a Chinese Chief Minister
even during BN.
"Now Malays are migrating to Australia, tell me who is the Prime
Minister of Australia?" he argued.
Amde then clarified that SAPP has over the years developed into a
full-fledge Sabahan-led non-racial political party.
"Name me one political party is Malaysia has constitution like SAPP,
Umno and the rest surely are not. SAPP is no longer as it was made to
do like during in BN time where everything else based on racial line,"
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Noting that SAPP has started its restructuring and rebranding some five
years ago, it is thus wrong for anyone to consider SAPP as a Chinese
based political party.
He further noted that its constitution allows for all its members
regardless of their race and religion, to contest for the highest post
in the party, adding that it currently has more non-Chinese members
than the Chinese members.
"We're almost come close to 50 years of having the same system of
government; I think we in SAPP want to change this and make Sabah and
its people forward looking, This is what we've to offer not the same
old outdated political outfit," he said.
By MICHAEL TEH