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2009 Jan 11 - SAPP on SEDIA Bill 2009

SAPP on SEDIA Bill 2009

Kota Kinabalu (Jan 11, 2009): Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is worried of the implications the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) Bill 2009 might have on the state Government's authority.

Its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee in expressing the party's worries yesterday said,”our concern is that the Bill might erode the powers of the state Government, its agencies including Local Government, Land and town planning from the state to Federal authorities.

“We have to be very careful as to what are the implications of the SEDIA Bill as unlike Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, the Sabah Development Corridor encompasses the whole state,” he said.

SAPP state elected representatives namely Datuk Liew Teck Chan (Likas) and Melanie Chia (Luyang) is likely to debate on the implications during the special State Assembly Sitting on January 15 for the tabling of the SEDIA Bill 2009.

Yong who was met after SAPP leaders' Chinese New Year walkabout in Gaya Street here, said they are trying to a copy of the Bill on Monday so that they can study what are the implications.

He added that during the SAPP Supreme Council meeting on Saturday they discussed the SEDIA Bill and all expressed their worries about what could happen to the State Government's authority.

“What are the implications, we will try to find out tomorrow (Monday). We are surprised that up to now they still have not announced the core characteristics of the SEDIA Bill. It should have been announced by now,” he said.

Meanwhile on the RM1 billion special allocation each for Sabah and Sarawak which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last year, Yong said it was approved in view of the demands from both the Governments for more development funds.

Yong said that in the July 2008 Supplementary Bill sitting, SAPP's elected representatives realized that there was no provision for the RM1 billion.

“Then when the annual national budget was tables in September, there was still no provision for this RM1 billion. We have always had reasonable suspicion that the RM1 billion that was promised by the PM never came.

“What Tan Sri Bernard Dompok reviewed today confirmed our reasonable suspicions that the RM 1 billion was all empty talk and if this is the attitude, we have to be very careful about what are the promises in the proposed SDC especially in the tabling of the Bill this Thursday,” he said.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
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Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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