SAPP: DAP don't talk down to Sabahans
Jaafar Hj Ismail
KOTA KINABALU, Feb 14, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) asked DAP not to
dash the people's hope to change the Government in the upcoming general
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DAP was reported in the local newspapers today in saying that Pakatan Rakyat
(PR) will contest all 60 State seats and 25 Parliament seats in Sabah and will
not talk to SAPP, denying that there has been any discussion between Pakatan
parties and SAPP. This is a gross disrespect to Sabahans.
SAPP contended that what Sabah needs to have is to have "one country, two
systems". This is imperative because Sabah had been marginalized under national
policies and development and resulting in it being categorized as the poorest
and least developed state in Malaysia. The recent problems with the open air
policy and air routes rescheduling is yet another most recent example of
decisions made not in favor of the state which would affect our tourism
industry, one of the three
main thrust for development announced by the State Government.
We cannot continue to have West Malaysian politicians coming to Sabah making
decisions for Malaysians living in Sabah and telling us what to do and treating
Sabah like a colony! What is worse is each time a KL leader comes, each one will
say different things that confuse the people.
SAPP is a local Sabah-based political party which left BN more than three years
ago with a Eight Points Declaration with the mission to establish a trustworthy
government and a progressive, just and harmonious society.
In the run up and preparation to the upcoming election, SAPP is conscious of the
people's wishes to have a one to one fight with BN to ensure a change of
By insisting to go it along and refusing to negotiate with SAPP on seats
distribution reflects DAP's arrogance and their super confidence! DAP must not
mistake their so-called success in Sarawak's April State election last year when
DAP failed miserably to topple the BN Government.
SAPP reiterated that it is still open to further discussions to finalize
strategy and seats with PR and other opposition parties.
Pic: Encik Jaafar Hj Ismail (Centre) YB Melanie Chia (SAPP Ketua Wanita) (L-1)
and Peter Marajin (Supreme Councillor)(R-1) during the Press Conference.