Friday, 3 October 2008

Raymond Tan still in SAPP???

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) information chief Chong Pit Fah today issued a statement to the Press in Kota Kinabalu, among others, discloses that Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan has not resigned from the party.

The Press statement in full from HERE.

SAPP is fully aware that Datuk Raymond Tan and his agents, including Chief Agent Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, have been offering inducements to SAPP members to join their new party, with incentives for publicly announcing their resignations from SAPP.

Mostly, the members have remained steadfast to SAPP and rejected their advances. Nevertheless, some members have decided to leave the Party for various reasons. SAPP respects their decision.

SAPP would like to inform that the Party HQ has received 134 membership resignations from the Elopura CLC, including that of Datuk Tham Nyip Shen and Encik Au Kam Wah and nine from the Telipok Town Branch previously headed by the Chief Minister's Political Secretary Jimmy Wong Chee Kiong.

As of today, none of the members in the Tanjung Papat constituency which was previously headed by Datuk Raymond Tan, has sent in their resignation letters.

Under the party constitution, until and unless a member has resigned in writing and surrendered his membership card or has been expelled, his membership in SAPP is still valid. Branch officials who resign are also required by law to return party properties such as membership files and accounts.

It is also possible that, some time in the future, some or all of these ex-members, including Datuk Raymond Tan, may claim that in fact they have never resigned as members of SAPP.

And as members, they would still have rights to attend meetings, enter party premises, vote and to hold office according to the party constitution.

Therefore, if there is still no resignation letters from Datuk Raymond Tan and his five agents, SAPP will have no choice but to proceed with actions to establish permanently the membership status of Datuk Raymond Tan and the five agents.

SAPP will launch a series of political activities next week, including accepting membership applications from many people who see SAPP as a viable and serious political party in the struggle for the fulfillment of the eight points, namely good governance, Sabah autonomy, 20% oil royalty, return of Labuan, review of unfair laws and departments, Borneonisation, solution of the illegals problems and redress socio-economic imbalances.

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