Cloak and dagger game
By Chong Pit Fah
takes note of the DAP Sabah negotiation panel on seats sharing in
preparing for the general elections. This panel was constituted in
January this year. Has DAP actually negotiated with PKR and PAS in
Sabah, as claimed by them?
SAPP confirms that Sabah deputy chairman Fred Fung who supposedly heads
the so-called negotiation panel has spoken about this to me and our
party President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
We are currently still waiting for answers to our enquiries put to Fred
Fung in February (this year) i.e. what is the mandate of this DAP
panel? Do they have to refer to "higher ups"? Is there a counterpart
team in PKR and PAS to negotiate with?
SAPP wished to avoid the Sarawak situation whereby Pakatan member SNAP
had already agreed with DAP and PAS on the seats arrangement. But PKR
went for all the seats that DAP and PAS did not contest. Remember, SNAP
is a member of Pakatan.
We also remind DAP about the fiasco in October last year, prior to the
nomination of candidate for the Batu Sapi by election when PKR’s top
delegation from KL and Sabah had an agreement with the SAPP delegation
on 21st October in Kota Kinabalu. PKR said they represented Pakatan
because they have been given the mandate to negotiate with SAPP. This
was because PKR was chosen to contest the Batu Sapi by-election.
Unfortunately, immediately after the meeting, the then Sabah DAP chief
Dr. Hiew King Cheu denied that the meeting was valid. He insulted both
delegations by calling the meeting "mere coffee shop talk". And to make
the matter worse, at the Batu Sapi by-election, Pakatan Campaigners
from Sabah and west Malaysia ferociously attacked SAPP instead of BN.
This was in spite of the mutual agreement not to criticize each other
and to campaign against BN.
There is even proof to show that a DAP leader colluded with UMNO to
make sure SAPP lost. It looked like DAP was competing with SAPP to be
the opposition instead of co-operating with SAPP to topple BN. We hope
these sad episodes will not be repeated by the new leadership in Sabah
Chong Pit Fah is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Information Chief
and Kepayan CLC Chief
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