DAP killing co-operation hope
KINABALU: DAP is killing the co-operation that is being worked out between
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) in the impending
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"Even opposition leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim said it is not necessary for
SAPP to join Pakatan but both can find a way to work together.
"But, it seems that DAP do not want the cooperation between Pakatan and
SAPP to happen because they think they can win all the seats and don't
intend to share with any other party," said SAPP former Deputy President
Datuk Philip Yong. But SAPP will continue to pursue a positive
co-operation with PKR, PAS and DAP in order to achieve a straight
one-to-one fight against the BN as desired by the people. We don not give
up hope of a straight fight against the BN.
The former Member of Parliament for Gaya said he noted Sabah DAP leaders
had been making all sorts of statements against SAPP and even claimed the
party and its leader Datuk Yong Teck Lee were twisting the facts.
"In fact, the Sabah DAP and its vice chairman, Edward Ewol Mujie are
ignorant of the facts like the amount of fine handed to Yong for the minor
offence for the 1990 Nomination Day march," he said.
Philip said he (Philip), SAPP president together with three others at that
time were fined RM1,000 and not RM1,999 as claimed by Edward.
According to him, it was the court's discretion to determine the amount of
fine and for incumbent elected representatives it would not want to give
heavier penalty and disqualified them which would cause an by-election.
Other cases were Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Joseph Pairin
Kitingan who was only fined RM1,800 and Parti Keadilan Rakyat's MP Tian
Chua earlier this year.
Philip said Edward could say anything he like about the signboard issue
but "what authority does he have to say SAPP is wrong as far as our
party's signboard at our headquarters?"
"The case is now before the court but now Edward is talking like he knows
better than the court," he said.
"It is rather unfortunate that some Sabah DAP leaders' behaviour is
convincingly portraying their role as BN's hit men, attacking a local
based party like SAPP.