January 18, 2017: KOTA KINABALU - The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has
received an invitation from the office of Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo
Chee Kang to attend a closed-door hearing on Sabah rights under his Sabah
Rights Review Committee.
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SAPP and its partners PCS and STAR in Gabungan Sabah headed by its
chairman Datuk Hj Mohd Noor Mansoor will announce their reply on the
invitation on January 23.
SAPP secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong We Kong asks if this latest
review committee chaired by Teo will suffer the same fate as the Royal
Commission of Inquiry (RCI) Technical Committee chaired by Deputy Chief
Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
“Two years ago, Datuk Mohd Noor, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Wilfred
Bumburing, Datuk Yong Teck Lee and other senior figures of the opposition
had met with the RCI Technical Committee chaired by Pairin in the presence
of the State Secretary, Federal Secretary, Attorney General, and the
directors of Immigration and National Registration Departments.
“Written submissions were later submitted.
“After two years, nothing has come out and Pairin is retiring soon.
“What is there to think that the Teo Chee Kang’s committee will not suffer
the same fate as the Pairin’s committee?
“Is this committee not a tactic to delay and eventually bury the people’s
demand for full autonomy?” asked Richard in a statement yesterday. - BP