KOTA KINABALU, August 17, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the
Malaysian politics has entered a fluid stage because of the emergence of a
well-funded Malay party led by former Umno strongman Tun Dr. Mahathir
Mohamed and other top ex-UMNO leader.
Its Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said despite brave denials to the
contrary, it is certain that this new party, like another new Sabah-based
party to be led by ex-UMNO Vice President, Datuk Shafie Aqdal, will draw
some support away from UMNO.
He said that in the case of Sabah, the latest split in UMNO could help
tilt the balance in favour of the opposition in mixed areas such as
Tanjong Aru, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kudat and Beaufort. This depends
on whether Datuk Shafie Aqdal will align with Gabungan Sabah (United Sabah
Alliance) or not.
Two week ago, Gabungan Sabah has openly invited Datuk Shafie Aqdal to join
hands with Gabungan Sabah. Gabungan Sabah consist of Sabah-based parties
Party Cinta Sabah (PCS), Solidarity Tanah Air Sabah (STAR), SAPP and NGOs,
led by respected political veteran Datuk Mohd. Noor Mansoor.
Chong said that in Sabah`s non-UMNO areas, the political leadership vacuum
created by the departure of PBS supremo Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, who has
been an assemblyman ever since 1976, will likely be filled by local
opposition leader who have been championing Sabah rights. As for Pakatan
Rakyat, a new power vacuum became apparent when the opposition leader in
the Sabah legislative assembly, Datuk Lajim Hj. Ukin, could not get his
few PKR Assemblymen to vote in unison at the last assembly sitting to
increase the number of Sabah seats from 60 to 73. And DAP created history
when its four elected assemblymen voted in four different ways (one
against, one for, one abstained, one joined MCA).
"The fluidity in Malaysian politics is a golden chance for Sabah and
Sarawak to claim back the legitimate rights and powers of the Borneo
Territories as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and related
document. Hence, Sabah`s government leader should not lose sight of this
"window of opportunity" for Sabah and Sarawak to correct the wrongs and
injustices affecting Sabah," he said.
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