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2016 Oct 24 - SAPP committed in struggle with Gabungan

SAPP committed in struggle with Gabungan

KOTA KINABALU, October 24, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is committed in its struggle with Gabungan Sabah (United Sabah Alliance) that it is planning to allow some or even all of its candidates to use the symbols of other political parties in the next general election.

SAPP President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said this is pertinent to facilitate symbol recognition and ease of campaigning so that voters can look for only one single symbol in both state and parliamentary constituencies.

"Realising the need for unity of Sabah political parties, SAPP together with other local parties and NGOs have forged an alliance called Gabungan Sabah.

"At the moment, Gabungan consists of three parties, namely SAPP, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), and numerous NGOs that share the same patriotic struggle for Sabah.

"After two years of joint events like the Sabah Day at Kundasang and Kota Marudu and the Batu Sumpah Ceremonies in Keningau, Gabungan Sabah is now ready for the launching of our Joint Charter on November 20," he said at the SAPP Biennial Delegates Conference 2016 held at Hakka Hall, here, Sunday.

He added that after the Charter launch, Gabungan Sabah will intensify their ground work in areas where they are likely to field candidates.

"By any standards, it is arduous to achieve consensus on such inter-party matters.

"But, so far, after 15 meetings of the Gabungan Council, I can see that the various views of the Gabungan parties have converged sufficiently for us to achieve a strong political force in the coming elections.

"Therefore, I seek the blessing of delegates for our party to allow some or even all of our candidates to use the symbols of other political parties, especially in constituencies where Gabungan candidates for state seats and parliamentary seats come from different parties in Gabungan."

According to him, SAPP will adhere to the core struggles of Gabungan Sabah such as full autonomy, equal status with Malaya, Sabah IC, Native Customary Rights and revenue rights of Sabah.

"There will also be a Joint Manifesto of Gabungan Sabah, the details of which will be unveiled closer to the elections.

"I assure our members that the Joint Manifesto will be consistent with the SAPP Eight Points Declaration 2008 and the core ideology of SAPP as a non-racial party for Malaysians in Sabah," he said.

Yong also reiterated that the political matters of the State should be left for the local parties to handle without the interference of non-Sabahan-based parties.

"If the Malayan parties respect the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Sabah's autonomy, then the correct thing for them to do is to work with Sabah-based parties and leave Sabah politics to the local parties."

On other Sabah-based parties, Yong said they will continue to extend their hands of friendship and partnership to the new parties.

"SAPP takes note that other Sabah local parties are emerging in Sabah. All the leaders of these new local parties are from Malayan parties.

"This is a good sign because it shows that more and more Sabahans are beginning to leave Malayan parties and embrace local parties."

It would be good if the new political parties join Gabungan Sabah, he said.

"But if, for some reasons, they do not with to join Gabungan, then their wishes should be respected. But I do hope that there will be co-operation between these parties and Gabungan Sabah."

He also disclosed that SAPP will continue to work with Sarawak-based parties and Borneo activists that share their struggle for Sabah and Sarawak autonomy.

"A stronger, united Sabah and Sarawak will stand a much better chance of achieving full autonomy and equal status in accordance with the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

"At the same time, we should reach out to activists and the wider civil society all over Malaysia to build a better Malaysia that recognised and respects Sabah autonomy.

"Let's remind ourselves over and over again that Malaysians in Sabah have the right to self-determination as a people recognised by the United Nations Charter," he said.

Also present were Gabungan Sabah Chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor, Parti Cinta Sabah President Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing and Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

- Daily Express (by Ricardo Unto)
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