KL's agenda of
challenged DAP to contest 20 seats in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU, April 4, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President
Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has challenged DAP to contest at least 20 seats
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He said this was only appropriate since DAP leaders had been boasting
about its strength and performances in the various Pakatan Rakyat-ruled
states, Penang in particular.
"SAPP, despite being labeled a 'parti nyamuk' (mosquito party) will go for
40 seats at least. DAP should contest at least 20 seats in Sabah if they
are really that strong. If can't, they might as well join us to fight
against Barisan Nasional (BN)," he quipped.
Yong urged this while speaking at its political talk entitled
"Safeguarding Sabah, What Have You Contributed?" held in the vicinity of
Taman Foh Sang shops here on Tuesday.
He specially directed this to a group of young DAP supporters who were
present at the talk.
And noting the recent revelation by DAP stalwart that PR was confident of
winning seven states but Sabah was not in the list, Yong questioned: "If
no confident of winning (in Sabah), why contest, then?".
Earlier, he also explained the rationale behind SAPP not joining the
Peninsular-based Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.
"To end the continuous manipulation and exploitation of Sabah and its rich
natural resources, the people of Sabah must rise up and fight to regain
full political autonomy for the state.
"And this is also the reason why SAPP is firm on not joining Pakatan
Rakyat," he said.
He further explained that such a firm stand was after carefully studying
the history and politics of Sabah, besides having observed and learnt
first-hand from his past experiences of dealing with the Malaya
politicians, especially when he was still in the Barisan Nasional (BN).
With no uncertain term, he described the Malaya politicians as shrewd and
manipulative, as they have no qualms to be extremely nice to a person when
they have something up their sleeves and are determined to achieve their
"This is KL politics! When they need you, they will even go to your house
or invite you to their house for lunch, and even serve you personally," he
Yong revealed that this was exactly how the former prime minister Tun
Ahmad Abdullah Badawi treated him, by inviting him over to his house for
lunch, prior to the general elections in 2008, after he had learnt that
SAPP planned to cast a vote of no confidence against him, and also that
Yong had met with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, two weeks
Yong stressed that he had to adequately convey the aspiration of SAPP to
Abdullah at the occasion, as he believed that as a leader, he must make
his views known, and not be shy.
"Therefore, I made sure that Pak Lah knew about our intentions (to reject
his leadership) when he invited us to his home for lunch.
"This is so that we were not misunderstood as "tikam belakang" - like the
PBS withdrawal from BN in 1990 which was dubbed back stabbing by Dr.
Mahathir - because PBS leader Pairin was nice and friendly to Dr. Mahathir
when both campaigned in Sabah in 1990 - but PBS then abruptly left the BN
after Dr. Mahathir had gone back to KL the next day," he explained.
To further elaborate his points of Sabahans being too nice, Yong also
cited the case of the late Tun Razak, the father of the present prime
minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for instance, who managed to use tact
to persuade the late OKK Sodomon Gunsanad to change his hostile stance
towards Malaya, and to agree to Sabah joining of the Federation back in
1963. This was achieved after Razak paid Sodomon a visit at his house
then, which deeply touched the later.
This was revealed by Najib himself when he visited the OKK Sodomon
Gunsanad Mansion in Keningau during the last Harvest Festival.
Yong said Sodomon's case is a reflection of Sabahans' true nature of being
too nice and too easy to be hoodwinked by others.
"Sabahans are just too nice and friendly, and that's the problem with
Sabah today," he said.
He went on to note that the manipulation of Sabah politicians by the
Malaya politicians started when the latter wanted the oil agreement signed
between Petronas and the State government, back in 1960s.
From then on, he said, Malaya politicians had been playing the game of
'divide-and-rule' by pitting one ethnic Sabah politician against another.
"KL's agenda is always to divide and rule Sabah; Manusia pun dia, hantu
pun dia (He is the man and also the ghost). While they make us fight
among ourselves, they rob and steal from us," he charged.
Yong also revealed that he had since 2008 made clear to Anwar that SAPP
won't be joining PR, citing its main agenda of fighting to restore
political autonomy for Sabah.
He said he had made an effort to assert this to Anwar on three consecutive
occasions when he met the later on 4, 5 and 6 of April in 2008 to make
sure the latter didn't misunderstood him.
"Finally, he (Anwar) understood and agreed with it (SAPP's stand) and
that's the reason why until today he (Anwar) never insisted that SAPP must
join Pakatan Rakyat," said Yong.
He thus hoped such an explanation would once and for all quash the
allegations leveled against him by a certain Sabah PR leaders, especially
those Sabah DAP 'greenhorns' who had been going around saying that the
reason why SAPP refused to join PR was because it planned to rejoin BN
The former chief minister of Sabah also claimed that after more than four
decades of mismanagement by the present regime, Malaysia is now
"Where is the next government going to find money to run the country, if
not from Sabah? Hence, this makes it even more important for us the people
of Sabah to regain our political autonomy, in order to better safeguard
our State and its fast-depleting natural resources," he said.
He thus urged the so-called young leaders and supporters of the DAP Sabah
to better study and understand the politics of Sabah, before they go
around saying something about SAPP or its leaders.
Also present at the occasion were, SAPP senior leaders like its deputy
president Datuk Liew Teck Chan, Secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong, vice
presidents Datuk Wong Yit Ming and Don Chin, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia and
Chong Pit Fah, information chief.