Sabah DAP has been under Umno's thumb for a long time now, claims rival SAPP.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has accused a senior Sabah DAP member of having a secret understanding with Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to undermine the local opposition party’s standing in the state.
DAP MP for Kota Kinabalu, Hiew King Cheu, was the target of SAPP president Yong Teck Lee’s wrath after Hiew fired another salvo at the former chief minister over the latter’s role to sell two parcels of seafront land in the city when he was ruling the state.
“As proven in the Batu Sapi by-election, Hiew and DAP colluded with Umno to attack only SAPP and not to criticise Umno, especially Sabah Umno Chief Minister (Musa Aman).
“This Umno-DAP Hiew collusion is still going on,” Yong claimed.
Yong, who has come under a series of attacks since leaving the BN in 2008, said even the complaint against SAPP hoisting its party flags in and around the city to mark its third anniversary of leaving the BN was made an issue by the DAP.
“Not even the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) or any BN or Umno leader had wanted to look foolish by complaining about the flags because of the fiasco over the July 11 DBKK’s attempt to remove the Sabahtv.net signboard.
“But Umno got Hiew and Edward Mujie (Sabah DAP vice-chairmman) to do the dirty work for them.
“Hiew and Mujie became the spokesmen for Umno and DBKK by criticising SAPP on this signboard issue,” he said.
Doing Umno’s dirty work
Supporting his claims that Umno was using others to do its dirty work, Yong cited the case of the Sabah Amanah Sabah (SAS) fiasco that left thousands of investors clutching near worthless pieces of paper.
“Umno never dared to say anything because it knows that the people involved are its own people.
“When pressed for an answer, the chief minister only brushed aside the SAS issue as ‘petty’ and refused to publish a White Paper to release the information on SAS and its dealings and who the real culprits are,” he said.
Yong noted that after repeated delaying tactics by the state Cabinet, SAPP’s State Legislative Assembly members – Liew Teck Chan and Melanie Chia – finally managed to debate the SAS White Paper motion in the last state assembly sitting.
“But in the state assembly, Umno got the PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah) puppets like Yee Moh Chai, Herbert Timbon Lagadan and (ex-SAPP member) Raymond Tan to speak for Umno.
“It is most revealing that the chief minister and finance minister and all the Umno representatives kept silent, in the same way that Umno has been silent on the phantom voter issue, the illegals and fake ICs.
“Umno has nothing to fear because it got its PBS cohorts to do its dirty work and divert the attack to SAPP, especially myself, on the SAS issue,” he said.
DAP silent on land grabs
Referring to the controversy over phantom voters and illegal immigrants, Yong said PBS had suddenly lost its tongue on the issue and had even begun answering on behalf of Umno over the scandal.
“Such is the control of the Umno chief minister over PBS and Sabah DAP,” he said.
Yong also noted that Sabah DAP had never raised the issue of land grabs, especially those allegedly linked to Musa.
“Everybody knows that Hiew’s company business is involved in the ongoing Kota Kinabalu seafront project.
“When people complained about the seafront project, Hiew went to the site and declared that the project was ‘earth filling’ of the sea and not ‘reclamation’, as though there is a difference.
“Everybody knows that the so-called seafront project signed by MLGH Sdn Bhd is linked to Umno members who are still very active in BN today.
“All the names of the Umno-linked personalities were mentioned in the trial (involving the case).
“The on-going seafront project which will block the sea view of Promenade and Marina apartments is also Umno-linked,” he added.
Intense police harassment
Hiew also caused controversy when he said that the Karamunsing Complex is safe and stable, even before DBKK and the Public Works Department were told to investigate the matter, causing many to question his agenda.
Yong said Hiew was being misled by his Umno handlers about the “CM Incorporated” shares as though there is something mischievous.
“In fact, most, if not all, government shares are held in the name of ‘CM Incorporated’ or ‘Ministry of Finance Incorporated’ as a matter of legal requirement.”
Yong said SAPP leaders would continue to expose the land grabs by those in high office.
He claimed that the addresses of the directors of a land grab company in Sukau were registered as as the chief minister’s official residence known as “Sri Libaran” at Mile 7, Jalan Airport, Kampung Sungei Kayu, Sandakan.
“The genuine landowners were jailed for two weeks in Sandakan.
“In recent days, police harassment has intensified against the remaining villagers who are native Orang Sungei so that the company can take over the 400 plus acres of oil palm trees and fruits that have been planted for more than 25 years.
“The 50-odd families have toiled for years using their own hands, tools and fertiliser but now a big company wants to evict the genuine villagers and pluck the fruits of the poor villagers’ labour.
“This is cruel and will continue to be exposed.
“Land grabs in Kota Belud, Tawau, Serudong, Sandakan, Banggi, Papar, Keningau and eviction of villagers from forest reserves have reached a critical point that countless villagers have become refugees in their own country,” he said.