Monday, 22 September 2008

Raymond Tan stays as Deputy Chief Minister

Tanjong Papat assemblyman Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah (Pix) will continue to be Sabah Deputy Chief Minister even though Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) had ditched Barisan Nasional (BN).

The SAPP Deputy President met Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman this morning to submit his resignation but was instead asked to stay on with his post in the Sabah State Cabinet.

It's the Chief Minister's prerogative to keep Tan as one of his three deputies. The other Deputy Chief Ministers are Datuk Haji Yahya Hussin (Umno) and Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (Parti Bersatu Sabah).

Tan had wanted to tender his resignation letter from the Cabinet as SAPP was no longer in BN. SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee had on Sept 17 announced that the party who had been with BN for 14 years was pulling out.

Tan was against SAPP's decision to quit BN but had said he was not resigning from the party that he helped formed in 1994.

Musa had said that SAPP members who was not agreeable to Yong's pulling out of BN are welcome to join any to the BN's component parties or they may form a new political party.

At least for now, Tan will be an BN-Independent Assemblyman. He had not resigned from SAPP but actions between the party and Tan of late showed that he was not wanted in SAPP.

And this had been confirmed by Tan.

On Sept 20 (Sarturday), Tan had said that he had not handed his resignation letter as a member of SAPP.

"I feel that probably the party don't want me. It not for me who don't want the party."

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