SAPP still waiting
By Dullie Marie
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In May 23,2011 SAPP has formed a committee appointed by the Supreme
Council headed by myself (Dullie Hj. Marie) to hold discussion with the
three panel members from DAP.
2. The formation of this committee was prompted after DAP had in the
newspapers called on SAPP to form our committee and Jimmy Wong spoke
directly to our President.
3. To reciprocate, my President accepted the invitation with ten other
Supreme Councils for the dinner in conjunction with Harvest Festival
hosted by DAP at Putera Ballroom, Bukit Padang on 27 May 2011. It was
made as a gesture of goodwill so that the relationship between SAPP and
DAP can be improved. With the understanding the oppositions will forge
a cordial relationship.
4. As guests at the function we are all caught by surprise by DAP
supremo Lim Kit Siang with harsh tone and abrasive way in pinpointing
Datuk Yong by name and ridiculing SAPP. We never expected such an
ultimatum statement publicly by such a leader. Lim Kit Siang attacked
SAPP as being unrealistic and for the ultimatum that SAPP must join PR.
5. However, the atmosphere is entirely different when SAPP attended
functions organized by PKR at Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Penampang. The
spirit of building confidence was mutual and cordial. We remind DAP
leaders not to be so arrogant so early in your long road to the general
elections. DAP leaders until today continue to attack SAPP and its
leaders through newspapers, Facebook and internet.
6. Actually SAPP is ready to cooperate with Pakatan Rakyat to achieve
the goal on the basis of one to one to face Barisan National. However,
Pakatan Rakyat must also understand our aspirations of wanting genuine
autonomy for the State. We are very much inclined to the proposal of
Pakatan – Plus coalition as announced by Lim Kit Siang at the DAP rally
on September 16, 2008 at Kian Kok School Kota kinabalu. This simply
means that SAPP does not necessarily be a member of the fledging
7. We also recognize the fact that Pakatan Rakyat can march to
Putrajaya by winning more of parliamentary seats but today's scenario
PR can't get to Putrajaya without Sabah and Sarawak. SAPP strongly
believes the autonomy of Sabah can only be realized through local
party/parties but not from outside. What we have today is not a State –
Federal cooperation but rather a State - Federal collusion. This is
what is happening now when BN Sabah is headed by UMNO. It is illogical
to free ourselves from crocodile's mouth but ending up in tiger's
belly. Under such circumstances Sabahan will never regain its autonomy.
8. The demand is realized as enshrined in the Malaysian Agreement 1963
and it should not be perceived as tantamount of being disloyal
Malaysian. We are loyal Sabahan in the Nation of Malaysia. The speech
by Lim Kit Siang has not at all reflects the urgency on the need of
cooperation among oppositions but pure arrogance with colonist
9. Have spoken to DAP's head of negotiation panel, Fred Fung, at their
Harvest Festival in 27th May but we are still waiting for DAP until to
this very moment. We are ever ready to negotiate with other oppositions
on the spirit of understanding and mutual respect. SAPP is sincere in
its efforts so that a formidable force can be achieved. However, SAPP
still confident that SAPP's relation with PKR, DAP and PAS can be
improved before the coming general elections.
Pix: SAPP Vice President Dullie Hj Marie (L-3), Sepreme Councillor
Peter Marajin (R-3), Stephen Gaimin (R-2) and other Youth leaders call
for press conference.
Dullie Hj. Marie is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President.