KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is offering a RM5,000 reward for information on those responsible for a doctored video clip containing foul language used to describe party president Yong Teck Lee.
Yong said yesterday the reward was for anyone who could provide information about the identities of those who doctored the video clip.
He said SAPP had placed advertisements in several local newspapers here and in Tawau to inform the public about the reward.
The party also included the ad in a Tawau paper because initial investigations revealed that the early WhatsApp messages containing the smear video originated in the state’s east coast district.
Those with any information about the culprits have been asked to contact this number: 011 2567 3159.
“We are determined to get to the bottom of this and identify the culprits,” Yong said in a statement today.
He said they had obtained the digital print of the voice in the video clip. “We have the voice of the culprit. Now we want the face.
“We believe it is only a matter of time before we are able to track down the culprits involved.”
Yong said the party wanted to send a strong message that it will not tolerate smear tactics that have been imported into Sabah, blaming them on the entry of peninsula-based parties into the state.
“This is a rot that is seeping into our political culture that has to be stamped out by identifying the culprits,” he stressed.
He said he felt encouraged when local community leaders, including the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) and Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents chairman Winston Liaw, condemned such smear tactics.
Also condemning the smear campaign was United Sabah Chinese Community of Kota Kinabalu secretary-general Wong Yit Ming.
“The fact that community leaders have voiced their concerns shows such smearing campaigns could worsen and undermine the harmony and unity among Sabah’s diverse communities,” Yong said.
“And anyone can become victims of such tactics if these smear campaigns are tolerated.”
Yong had lodged a police report last Wednesday after a 16-second clip of him speaking at a SAPP event but dubbed over with someone’s voice, attacking Yong using foul language, went viral over social media a day earlier.
He had urged police to investigate the case thoroughly as it was similar to the smear campaign against him in the 2013 general election.
On Friday, SAPP released a one-and-half-minute video clip showing the original video along with portions of the doctored clip.
Yong said the move was to show to the public the actual contents of the original video clip following numerous requests.