SAPP only consistent local Sabah opposition party, says Yong

Yong Teck Lee says he has four qualities needed to be an effective rep — being courageous to speak up, in-depth knowledge of issues, experience and having a good command of Bahasa Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU: President Yong Teck Lee said SAPP is the only opposition party that remains consistent unlike national opposition outfits such as DAP.

Yong said SAPP has been consistent in its 10 years in the opposition, unlike DAP which in 2013 condemned Dr Mahathir Mohamad but who is now its prime ministerial candidate.

DAP had once also told people to trust PAS but the Islamist party had now left the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and was not a member of Pakatan Harapan.

“SAPP has led the way with the Borneo agenda. This has been copied and hijacked by other political parties, including those from Malaya,” he said in a statement today.

“National parties, including Umno, PKR and DAP, used to ridicule SAPP for championing Sabah’s rights, autonomy and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“But today, all these parties have shamelessly hijacked our Borneo agenda.”

However, despite the hijacking and copying, Yong said Malaya-based parties’ elected representatives would never have the independence to speak out about what really matters to Sabah.

“My independence (if I win in the election) is not being muzzled by any national party whip who has to first give me the freedom to speak on any issue.

“My only boss are the people of Sabah,” said SAPP’s candidate for the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat.

The former Sabah chief minister said politics had taken him to the highest office in Sabah and also brought him to some of the lowest points in his life.

“Throughout it all, I have remained steadfast in my conviction that Sabah is first. Truth has always been and will remain my weapon of choice.

“For speaking up on sensitive issues, I have been sued and harassed.”

In this regard, Yong said he fulfils four key qualities required for an effective elected representative — being courageous to speak up, in-depth knowledge of issues, experience and having a good command of Bahasa Malaysia.

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