January 18, 2017: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has lodged a police
report calling the police to investigate Free Sandakan Today (FST) Shaimon
Sarmon Jumadi over a statement posted in Facebook which allegedly intented
to smear and portray party president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee in
bad light with the intention to humiliate and bring him and the party in
disrepute before the impending General Election 14 which will be held this
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SAPP Supreme Councillor John Stephen, accompanied by few youth members of
the party, lodged the police report at the Kota Kinabalu police
headquarters at Karamunsing here yesterday.
‘This was yet another statement made by irresponsible persons to falsely
accuse and imply that SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee and the party
were involved in million ringgit of bribes during General Election 13 with
UMNO/BN to split votes in order to sabotage the Pakatan Harapan chances to
form the State Government.
Not only that, malicious accusations were made by this individual in
effort to smear and insult the party members and its president's
reputation. The statement alluded to him has hurt thousands of the party
members, John said.
He also sought the police to called upon and investigate the sub-editor
who is believed to be behind the viral circulation of the slanderous
report headlined “GABUNGAN PEMBANGKANG SABAH TOLAK SHAFIE” circulated in
the social media in FACEBOOK and other WHATSAPP groups.
According to John, the Gabungan Sabah(USA) has openly invited Party
Warisan to join the pact but until now they have yet to respond.
‘The unethical deed and irresponsible act by the individual should not
have been made”, said John, adding that it smacks of an attempt at
political assassination to bury SAPP and its president's political career
John said a precedent was set when Junz Wong Jun Han, a former DAP Youth
Chairman and Likas Assemblyman and now a vice president of Party Warisan
was sued for defamation by SAPP and its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, of
which he later admitted his lie and publicly apologized in 2014.
The apology was a defamation which Junz Wong spread during the last
General Elections through the social media Facebook account that Yong had
worked a RM50 million bribe deal with UMNO/BN, a vicious and dirty tactic
to achieve their political agenda.
He said the action by some quarters in trying to smear the party will not
hinder the members to be stronger in facing the coming General Election.
"We are here to fight for Sabah and will continue to pursue to protect
Sabah interest under the banner of Gabungan Sabah with regards to Malaysia
Agreement 1963," he said.