Press release By SAPP President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee
9 July 2008
The meeting and photo session Monday, July 7 between Tawau MP Datuk Dr. Chua Soon Bui and Minister in charge of Parliament, Dato Nazri, was unfortunate and has cast SAPP in a very bad light as though SAPP has back tracked from the no-confidence motion against the PM.
Although Datuk Dr. Chua never mentioned the words to the effect that the proposed motion of no confidence had been "dropped" or "aborted", her comments were misinterpreted.
This latest twist makes me sad that our noble struggle has been damaged in the eyes of the people whose hopes for a better future rest with SAPP.
To put things in the right perspective and to reaffirm SAPP¡¯s struggle for the people and Sabah, I would like to reveal that I had earlier told our Party Vice-President cum Tawau MP, Datuk Dr. Chua Soon Bui, to be extremely careful when dealing with some KL leaders; it is like swimming with the sharks. I had alerted her that we had discovered the tactic of the BN leaders to use her and Deputy President/Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan to "split SAPP and isolate Yong Teck Lee".
At first, there were doubts as to why the BN generously gave a long period of 30-day to SAPP to reply the show cause letter. Later, it dawned on us in SAPP that the lengthy 30-days period was actually intended to give time to BN efforts "to split SAPP and isolate Yong Teck Lee". This is why the move by PBS and LDP for an immediate expulsion of SAPP from BN was not carried. BN tacticians wanted SAPP to be split and had lost the support of the people before action is taken against SAPP. BN did not want to repeat their mistake of 1984 when they expelled USNO which had opposed the federalization of Labuan. In State elections the following year (1985), the BN was almost completely wiped out by PBS and USNO.
As Tan Sri Bernard Dompok observed last month, Sabahans are a laid back people and unsuspecting. But in the rough world of federal politics, many earlier Sabahan leaders have been "eaten alive" and came home defeated and disgraced. From the books "Politics of Federalism" (on Syed Kechik in East Malaysia, 1976) to the banned book "Golden Son of the Kadazan" (on the late Datuk Peter Mojuntin, 1976) and "Harris of Sabah" (1986), The Making of a Malaysian (on Datuk J. Pairin Kitingan, 1991) and countless recollections, we Malaysians in Sabah have endured a collective history of betrayals, disappointments and failures.
I am sure this latest episode will make our Datuk Dr. Chua Soon Bui a stronger leader who can tell the hard truths to federal leaders, however friendly they might seem on a personal basis. As for leaders like Datuk Raymond Tan, however good his intentions maybe, leaders can be easily awed by the immensity of federal political power. The fear of the stick and the lure of carrots are enough to overwhelm many people.
Issued by SAPP HQ
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