SAPP: Power entity should be under state gov't
TAWAU, Oct 19, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president, Datuk Seri
Panglima Yong Teck Lee said he had seen the determination of members in
the party which shows the party stand is still being fully supported in
their move to fraction themselves out from the Barisan Nasional (BN)
Yong who was in the state to officiate the party's district branches
annual meeting cited that the determination will ensure that they will
continue to remain relevant to the state in protecting the rights of
"We are doing our audit and to take stock on our members and the
impression I saw among those attending this function shows that the move
by the party is supported by all", he stated in the event which saw some
500 members attending on October 17.
Yong also explained on the reason behind the move is the need for the
party to hold the governing post with full authority to protect the rights
of Sabahans instead of being under the umbrella of BN and holding partial
power which defeats the aim of the party.
In another matter, he also touched on the constant amenities failure which
is being felt by the district in particular power and water supply which
had brought much inconveniences to both public and commerce.
Yong said Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) should be held responsible for such
hardship faced by the people there and pledged that should SAPP govern the
state, it will demand that Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (SESB) to be given
back to be managed by Sabah as TNB presently hold 80 percent of SESB's
"We take Sarawak for instance, their power was managed by an entity under
the control of it's state government and they did well with such
arrangement, we could do the same", he added.
Yong also in response to earlier speeches by Member of Parliament for the
district, YB Datuk Chua Soon Bui and former Member of Parliament for the
same district, Shim Paw Fatt over the problems faced by people there cited
on the application of citizenships by many individuals through the proper
channel but are still waiting after tens of years.
"Our mission is to set up a government that is prudence and capable for
Sabah", he stated adding that those still waiting for their citizenships
after years of waiting will not be sidelined when they come to govern the
Earlier, Chua in her speech that they can change and change they will do
for the sake of the state which will rely on the people's power as seen in
the United State when Barrack Obama was the first black American to be
elected to lead the country.
She also said such changes could also be seen elsewhere such as in Japan
where a 54-year old government was changed due to the people's power.
"The change is felt in our country in 2008 when BN lost five states and
this is not a coincidental matter as people wanted a change", Chua
Chua cited that SAPP opted for the change when they left BN a year ago
because they understood the enormity of the task that lies ahead and the
challenges that the future will bring changes to all the imbalances
suffered by Malaysian in Sabah.
She said SAPP members must therefore understand the party's struggle and
the party's 8 points manifesto to bring such change and the party could
achieve it because of it's multiracial ethic through the party's stand of
"People First, People's Cause is Our Cause".
Chua stress on the need for every leaders and members in demonstrating to
the people that they are truly worthy to support and champion the rights
of the state.
"The people are fed up with inadequate and unreliable electricity and
water supply as well as other amenity such as internet service in line
with the country's moving into the world of no borders", she explained.
Chua also said on the state which is the poorest in the country but our
Sabahans have to pay an extra 20 percent in goods which is an unfair