Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Raymond Tan playing politics

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah (pix), who is now without a party after ditching Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), is now saying that his priority is not forming a new political party but to get back the `lost' support for Barisan Nasional (BN) back to the coalition.

"If SAPP's action to pull out caused the people not supporting BN, to get back the supports is more important than forming a new political party," he told the Press in Kota Kinabalu yesterday. SAPP headed by ex-Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee quit BN on Sept 17. Tan, who was one of the party's three deputy president, did not follow Yong.

On Oct 6, 2008 Tan, who is Tanjong Papat Assemblyman was reported to have to have submitted to the Registrar of Society (ROS) in Kuala Lumpur application to register a new political party. Once registered, the new party will be applying to join BN.

Tan was said to have submitted at least five names for the new party for the ROS to scrutinise. The party will likely be registered as Sabah United Party (Parti Perpaduan Sabah).

In view of Tan's latest reaction to the Press on latest development of his political platform, it seems that getting his SUP's registered is still a problem or he could be joining an existing Sabah-based BN component party.

The other former SAPP Assemblyman who is without a party is Au Kam Wah (Elopura). Like Tan, Au is also from Sandakan. Although both are now not a memebr of any political party, they had declared supports and to stay put in BN's fold.

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