Saturday, 6 September 2008

More cracks in SAPP expected

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party deputy president Datuk Raymond Tan has been removed as its Sandakan zone and Tanjung Papat Constituency Liaison committee (CLC) chairman, suggesting deepening differences with party president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

It is learnt the decision to strip Tan of his CLC chairmanship was made at the party's central working committee meeting on Aug 30.

The Tanjung Papat new CLC chairman is Poon Kee Yang, who also heads the Karamunting CLC.

SAPP secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong confirmed Tan's removal.

Tan, who is one of Sabah's three deputy chief ministers, was among several SAPP leaders who were against the move to support a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Tan, who is Tanjung Papat assemblyman, said he would wait for an official announcement before making any comments.

"In any case, the appointments of CLC and zone chairman are the prerogative of the party president," he said, adding that he would remain as the party's deputy president because he was elected to the post.

It also appears that cracks have emerged in the party with vice-president and Kawang CLC chairman Norbert Chin resigning from the two posts, and several other senior party officials said to be on the verge of quitting.

Chin's place had been taken over by Juil Insing.

Norbert tendered his resignation in July, saying he wanted to concentrate in his legal practice.

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