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2013 Apr 4 - SAPP: KL's agenda of divide-and-rule

KL's agenda of divide-and-rule

SAPP challenged DAP to contest 20 seats in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, April 4, 2013: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has challenged DAP to contest at least 20 seats in Sabah.

He said this was only appropriate since DAP leaders had been boasting about its strength and performances in the various Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states, Penang in particular.

"SAPP, despite being labeled a 'parti nyamuk' (mosquito party) will go for 40 seats at least. DAP should contest at least 20 seats in Sabah if they are really that strong. If can't, they might as well join us to fight against Barisan Nasional (BN)," he quipped.

Yong urged this while speaking at its political talk entitled "Safeguarding Sabah, What Have You Contributed?" held in the vicinity of Taman Foh Sang shops here on Tuesday.

He specially directed this to a group of young DAP supporters who were present at the talk.

And noting the recent revelation by DAP stalwart that PR was confident of winning seven states but Sabah was not in the list, Yong questioned: "If no confident of winning (in Sabah), why contest, then?".

Earlier, he also explained the rationale behind SAPP not joining the Peninsular-based Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.

"To end the continuous manipulation and exploitation of Sabah and its rich natural resources, the people of Sabah must rise up and fight to regain full political autonomy for the state.

"And this is also the reason why SAPP is firm on not joining Pakatan Rakyat," he said.

He further explained that such a firm stand was after carefully studying the history and politics of Sabah, besides having observed and learnt first-hand from his past experiences of dealing with the Malaya politicians, especially when he was still in the Barisan Nasional (BN).

With no uncertain term, he described the Malaya politicians as shrewd and manipulative, as they have no qualms to be extremely nice to a person when they have something up their sleeves and are determined to achieve their hidden agendas.

"This is KL politics! When they need you, they will even go to your house or invite you to their house for lunch, and even serve you personally," he quipped.

Yong revealed that this was exactly how the former prime minister Tun Ahmad Abdullah Badawi treated him, by inviting him over to his house for lunch, prior to the general elections in 2008, after he had learnt that SAPP planned to cast a vote of no confidence against him, and also that Yong had met with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, two weeks before.

Yong stressed that he had to adequately convey the aspiration of SAPP to Abdullah at the occasion, as he believed that as a leader, he must make his views known, and not be shy.

"Therefore, I made sure that Pak Lah knew about our intentions (to reject his leadership) when he invited us to his home for lunch.

"This is so that we were not misunderstood as "tikam belakang" - like the PBS withdrawal from BN in 1990 which was dubbed back stabbing by Dr. Mahathir - because PBS leader Pairin was nice and friendly to Dr. Mahathir when both campaigned in Sabah in 1990 - but PBS then abruptly left the BN after Dr. Mahathir had gone back to KL the next day," he explained.

To further elaborate his points of Sabahans being too nice, Yong also cited the case of the late Tun Razak, the father of the present prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for instance, who managed to use tact to persuade the late OKK Sodomon Gunsanad to change his hostile stance towards Malaya, and to agree to Sabah joining of the Federation back in 1963. This was achieved after Razak paid Sodomon a visit at his house then, which deeply touched the later.

This was revealed by Najib himself when he visited the OKK Sodomon Gunsanad Mansion in Keningau during the last Harvest Festival.

Yong said Sodomon's case is a reflection of Sabahans' true nature of being too nice and too easy to be hoodwinked by others.

"Sabahans are just too nice and friendly, and that's the problem with Sabah today," he said.

He went on to note that the manipulation of Sabah politicians by the Malaya politicians started when the latter wanted the oil agreement signed between Petronas and the State government, back in 1960s.

From then on, he said, Malaya politicians had been playing the game of 'divide-and-rule' by pitting one ethnic Sabah politician against another.

"KL's agenda is always to divide and rule Sabah; Manusia pun dia, hantu pun dia (He is the man and also the ghost). While they make us fight among ourselves, they rob and steal from us," he charged.

Yong also revealed that he had since 2008 made clear to Anwar that SAPP won't be joining PR, citing its main agenda of fighting to restore political autonomy for Sabah.

He said he had made an effort to assert this to Anwar on three consecutive occasions when he met the later on 4, 5 and 6 of April in 2008 to make sure the latter didn't misunderstood him.

"Finally, he (Anwar) understood and agreed with it (SAPP's stand) and that's the reason why until today he (Anwar) never insisted that SAPP must join Pakatan Rakyat," said Yong.

He thus hoped such an explanation would once and for all quash the allegations leveled against him by a certain Sabah PR leaders, especially those Sabah DAP 'greenhorns' who had been going around saying that the reason why SAPP refused to join PR was because it planned to rejoin BN after this.

The former chief minister of Sabah also claimed that after more than four decades of mismanagement by the present regime, Malaysia is now financially bankrupt.

"Where is the next government going to find money to run the country, if not from Sabah? Hence, this makes it even more important for us the people of Sabah to regain our political autonomy, in order to better safeguard our State and its fast-depleting natural resources," he said.

He thus urged the so-called young leaders and supporters of the DAP Sabah to better study and understand the politics of Sabah, before they go around saying something about SAPP or its leaders.

Also present at the occasion were, SAPP senior leaders like its deputy president Datuk Liew Teck Chan, Secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong, vice presidents Datuk Wong Yit Ming and Don Chin, Wanita Chief Melanie Chia and Chong Pit Fah, information chief.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

Our Sabah..

Books on ....
RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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20 Perkara
Illegals & IC issues
Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
Sabah Gas pipeline
3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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