Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee urged party
members and the people of Sabah to reject the culture of extremism
politics, violence, racial and using religion as a tool for political
gain from Peninsular into Sabah.
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He said that such political culture in Sabah had never existed despite
having changed several state governments since the formation of
Speaking at the SAPP KK Zone Pesta Kaamatan celebration in Kampung
Kokol here Saturday, Yong said such attempt to bring the negative
political culture into East Malaysia was evident during the recently
concluded Sarawak State Election.
"Now there is an attempt to bring the culture of racial politics,
extremism, violence and with tactics to split the people into Sabah.
But, this does not exist in Sabah eventhough we have seen the state
government changed from Usno to Berjaya then PBS but at the end of the
day we are able to sit down and eat together," he said.
He hoped SAPP members and the people in Sabah would not be trapped into
the culture that is imported from Peninsular Malaysia.
Yong was glad to note that SAPP Muslim leaders like Deputy President
Datuk Amde Sidek and supreme council member, Dullie Marie dared to
stand up by issuing statements saying that there is no place for such
political culture in Sabah.
It was disappointing, he said that a Minister from Umno during his
visit to Sabah in Pensiangan was reported as talking about the May 13
incident and also it was reported in the newspapers of another party
accusing another as a communist party.
"But what has that got anything to do with Sabah. We have never had
such incident and the Minister went to Pensiangan to talk about it and
as though threatening the people there with the May 13 incident.
"Why must you bring this issue here in Sabah?" he asked.
Yong said he was also proud to note that Sabah has never experienced
the communist insurgence as well as racial riot, hence raising the
issue here would not be of no benefit.
"I want to take this opportunity to tell the people in Sabah not to be
poisoned by such racial and extremist politics. As for SAPP, it is not
fighting for racial politics but we fight to improve the livelihood of
the people so that we can live together in prosperity," he said.
Furthermore, he said the culture in Sabah since pre-independence day
until now and whoever is the State government, the people of Sabah will
celebrate festival like Kaamatan together.
"We see not only SAPP but other parties and agencies are also holding
similar celebration, which is attended by people of all races. This is
the way of live in Sabah Ö not only Kaamatan but others like Chinese
"Like Datuk Md Noor Mansoor said even if there are differences in
political ideology but at time of celebration we will go back to our
relatives and friends. This is a culture what we should be proud of
being Malaysians in Sabah," he said.
Meanwhile Yong said based on studies on the constitution and from the
legal perspective there is nothing preventing a State government from
issuing Identity Cards to Malaysian in its own state.
Before Malaysia, the people in Sabah were issued with Blue IC in
Jesselton now known as Kota Kinabalu, he said.
Towards this end, he said SAPP had taken a stand that a Sabah ICs would
be issued to all genuine Malaysians in Sabah when it formed the State
Government after the General Election.
The move was one of the ways to ensure that illegal immigrants who have
obtained MyKad through the backdoor would no longer enjoy the privilege
as a native.
"What is the difference between my MyKad and their MyKad? If they go to
the government offices with their (illegally acquired) MyKad they must
be entertained furthermore it is stated there that they are natives,"
"That is why when SAPP formed the State Government, we will issue a
Sabah IC for the people of Sabah so that he or she could apply for land
and deal with Yayasan Sabah as well as apply for trading license among
"We have to do this because there is nothing to differentiate us with
the illegal immigrants who are holding MyKad too. (With the Sabah IC)
we can tell who are really eligible to receive scholarships or
assistance Ö this is the only way," he said.
On another note, he said SAPP was ready to cooperate with other
opposition parties but "not get married" with them.
"We can work together with other parties. We can be friends but not
married. We must learn from past experience, if we were fools before we
should not be fools again today," he said.
"This is my experience and it had also been experienced by Datuk Paul
Wong (SAPP advisor) and Datuk Md Noor Mansoor as well as Datuk Eric
Majimbun. These uncles already know this," he said, adding that youths
must heed to their advice.
"Almost anything is promised before getting married but itís a
different story after married Ö this is coming from me a man," he
He said that SAPP would support PKR or DAP in places where the party is
not active, having not many members and no local leaders.
"But in Karambunai, Inanam and Sepanggar we are definitely stronger and
we have our candidates here," he said
"And we hope and appeal that they (other opposition parties) will
support us. What is wrong with that? In places they are strong we will
support them but what is important that in the struggle for autonomy a
local party must have sufficient majority in the State Assembly.
"Lest we would only become a buffalo tied with a noose Ö no we donít
want that," he said.
Also on hand were SAPP advisor Datuk Paul Wong, veteran politician
Datuk Md Noor Mansoor, Deputy President cum Sepanggar MP, Datuk Eric
Majimbun, Datuk Amde, Tawau MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui, organising
chairman, Julian Goduli and SAPP committee members.