SAPP Biennial Delegates Conference 2012
2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) held its Biennial Delegates
Convention on June 3, 2012 at the Star City Convention Hall attended by
about 1,600 delegates and observers.
Among the invited guests from opposition parties who attended the event were
PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali, Sabah PKR Chief Thamrin Jaini,Sabah
PKR Secretary Dr Roland Chia, DAP Sabah Publicity Officer Chan Foong Hing
and Edward Linggu of Star.
Excerpts of presidential speech by SAPP President as follows...
"This biennial delegates conference is the last before the next general
elections. I am confident that by the time of the next delegates
conference, SAPP will be in government in Sabah, and if possible, be part
of the federal government.
As we know, all national movements for change have an iconic image of its
leader. For example, in Asean alone, Aung San Suu Kyi and Corazon Aquino
were leaders of change who were part of the old order but who led the
change to a new order in their nations. In today's Malaysia, that leader
for change is Anwar Ibrahim.
There are many ordinary people, civil society and organisations who do not
belong to any political party. These people also should be considered as
part of the combined opposition forces that come together to bring about a
change in government. The national opposition leader, Dato Seri Anwar
Ibrahim, therefore should not be restricted as the leader of only an
opposition party or a grouping of parties, but the leader of all the
forces and all people opposed to the current ruling regime.
SAPP left the ruling governing coalition on 17 September 2008; our leaders
at all levels honourably sacrificed their government posts, and joined the
opposition to fight for Sabah. On that September 17, our Supreme Council
had approved the eight-point Peoples' Declaration for Change; on that
proud day, SAPP unilaterally declared our autonomy as a political party;
on that day, SAPP dared to make a move out of the government and fight
valiantly for the autonomy of Sabah in Malaysia.
We did not waver, we did not ask for seats or ask for assurances of
victory, we did not ask for more time or for this and that. We said yes!
we will fight and so we fought. Our two MPs declared "no confidence on the
Prime Minister", and they went ahead. We said we would leave ruling
government, and yes, we did the right thing because we know we are on the
right side of history. This is the integrity and credibility of SAPP. And
today, as we gather, our members' spirits are high and our machinery is
ready for war.
Our mission is to establish a trustworthy government and a progressive,
just and harmonious society. Guided by our 7-value party culture, our
fight for change is the 8-point Peoples' Declaration. And today, our party
launches our manifesto for the coming general elections. This manifesto is
in addition to our Land Reforms and the Economic Plan.
We are grateful to the Manifesto Committee for completing the Manifesto.
Together with the Land Reforms and the Economic Plan, the manifesto forms
that basis of a new State government for Sabah. We record our thanks to
Datuk Hj. Mohammad Noor Bin Mohammad Mansoor, as Chairman of the Manifesto
Committee and his committee members, for their hard work in putting
together the manifesto.
In understanding our Sabah situation today, it is always helpful to have a
historical perspective. As such, I point out three defining events that
decisively changed the course of Sabah's history. First, is the Malaysia
Agreement of 9 July 1963 that transferred national sovereignty from London
to Kuala Lumpur on September 16, 1963. Then, the mysterious air crash of
June 6, 1976 in which our top leaders perished, followed by the signing of
the oil agreement in the same month, in return for 5% royalties. The third
defining event is the entry of UMNO into Sabah in 1991, which injected
Malayan federal politics directly in Sabah's political system.
The effects of all these three events can only be corrected by first,
defeating UMNO-BN in the coming general elections. The new order in
Malaysia will, as promised, return 20% of the oil to Sabah. And a SAPP
Sabah autonomous State Government will pursue a comprehensive review of
the State-Federal relationship such that the letter, spirit and intent of
the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 will be respected, whereby an autonomous
Sabah will enjoy the fruits and benefits of Malaysia as promised in 1963.
To protect the autonomy of Sabah and the identity of Sabahans, a SAPP
Sabah State Government will also issue Sabah ICs to qualified Malaysians
There are two court cases involving the party and our members concerning
public interests in Sabah. First, is the defamation case concerning the
June 6, 1976 air crash, which is now pending appeal.
On the Borneonisation case of Bernard Fung Fong Chen and Mohd Nazib bin
Maidan Dally vs The Government of Malaysia and the Government of the State
Sabah, our members have won round one in the High Court which has ruled
that Sabahans have constitutional rights to ensure that the assurances
given to Sabah and Sarawak contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 are
adhered to. We thank our lawyers, Ken Yong Chie Man and Peter Marajin and
advisors and supporters, for their selfless service to Sabah and to the
spirit of Malaysia.
In fact, Borneonisation is point no. 8 in the Twenty Points memorandum.
This point alone, testifies that the twenty Points is still alive,
relevant and valid. Other points like Immigration, Tariffs and Finance,
Special Position of Indigenous Races and Land, Forests, Local Government
are similarly relevant.
On behalf of the Supreme Council, I thank our members in Sabah, Labuan and
Kuala Lumpur for your support and commitment to the Party. Your support,
commitment and unity is all the more important in the coming months
leading to the general elections which is not far away.
We have basically identified the constituencies that we plan to contest.
As we will uphold the principle of autonomy for Sabah, SAPP will contest a
majority of the state seats in the Sabah. We will, however, only contest a
smaller number of parliamentary seats; our role being to assist other
opposition parties to a effect change of federal government. In the seats
that SAPP does not contest, we will support other opposition parties that
have the best chances of defeating the BN candidate. I stand before you
today fairly confident that we can achieve a win-win formula with other
opposition parties in fighting the BN in the coming general elections.
Before I conclude, I wish to thank our ex-GKB chief Stephen Gaimin, a GKB
ever since age 20, who has made way for the new GKB chief Cik Noor Fadzila
Hamzah, who has been a GKB ever since the age of 15. The party has also
started a new wing, called the Mudanita, to cater for young women, under
Philicica Tong, who herself was a GKB at age 16.
Over the last 15 years, SAPP has trained 5,000 graduan kem belia (GKB)
many of whom are now active members. Some of them are second generation
members, some of whom are now parents with third generation members on the
way. A few GKBs have become Supreme Councillors. These young members and
many more new young people joining the party form the future life line of
the party. These young people give us hope that our struggle will not be
in vain. With those words of confidence for the future, I hereby officiate
this delegates conference."
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