Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee said his party will decide on Wednesday (Sept 17) whether to quit from the Barisan Nasional Government.
The supreme council in the special meeting beginning 2pm will discuss SAPP's status in the national coalition.
"We want to resolve any remaining doubts, on the status of SAPP in BN, whether to leave it to BN or we do it ourselves," Yong told the Press in Kota KInabalu today.
BN had issued a show cause letter to SAPP as to why action should not be taken against the party for supporting a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister.
I chance upon a senior member of the party this evening and when I asked about the special meeting on Wednesday, was told that it will just endorsed a decision which was already made sometimes ago.
The story below is from HERE
Kota Kinabalu, (13 September, 2008) 12:45pm: In a press conference held at the Pacific Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu Sabah Progressive Party President Datuk Yong Teck Lee announced that the Supreme Council of the party will meet on the 17 September 2008.
"In view of the latest political development with major consequences, the SAPP Supreme Council shall meet sooner at the party headquarters, Kota Kinabalu on the 17 September 2008, " said Yong.
"The developments in recent day are:
(1) the abuse of ISA against a member of parliament, a journalist and a blogger, and whether this abuse of ISA is the start of Ops Lallang 2.”
(2) The disturbing rise in racial animosity which is really damaging for the national unity, adds Yong,
(3) The infamous Taiwan trip by the BNBBC for 49 MPs that has brought ridicule and disrepute to the institution of the Malaysian Parliament and the image of Malaysia.”
Yong also said, "And the collapse of the confidence among the people and now even among the UMNO and BN leaders in the Prime Minister which vindicate the SAPP’s no confidence move against the PM announced on 18 June 2008."
Meanwhile, SAPP led by President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee put on a yellow ribbon as a sign of protest against the detention of Sin Chew's journalist Tan Hoon Cheng who was detained under the ISA.
This is to express the party solidarity and support for Tan who was arrested because she wrote a story based on what UMNO Bukit Bendera Division Head Datuk Ahmad Ismail said. Datuk Ahmad Ismail has since been suspended by UMNO for three (3) years for his remarks. (See picture above - also in the pix are MPs Datuk Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar) and Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Tawau))
Tan was released hours (approximately 2:30 pm) after Yong's press conference.