Monday, June 23, 2008


I can work with SAPP, says Musa

State BN Chairman has no problem working with Party despite political differences


There may be political differences but Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Musa Aman sees no problem working with Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), especially within the State administration. Describing SAPP’s decision to support the motion of vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as ‘irrational’, Musa stressed that the fact remains that to date, the Party is still part of the Coalition. “We don’t have a problem (with SAPP members in the State). “At this moment SAPP is still in the Barisan Nasional. But not all the SAPP members agree with their President (Datuk Yong Teck Lee),” the Chief Minister told reporters after chairing the Sabah Umno Supreme Council meeting that fully endorsed their support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday. He was referring to l)cputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan, who is also SAPP Deputy President, and several other members in the State administration. On Friday, the SAPP Supreme Council endorsed in a consensus Yong’s decision for the Party’s4 two Members of Parliament to table or support a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister. Tan had however publicly disputed the decision but later said he would stay with the Party even if exp(led from BN. Earlier today, Yong told reporters at the popular Gaya Street Fair here that he had no knowledge of any of his Party members planning to join Gerakan in Sabah. “No indication of anyone leaving,” Yong said, adding that such talk was emerging because SAPP and Gerakan are both multi racial in their approach and have similar political ideology. He said that Gerakan Acting President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Secretary General Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye had close ties with him and other SAPP leaders “I believe that is why people think that some of our members are joining them,” he said. Yong, who on Saturday launched a’ roadshow to explain the Supreme Council’s no-confidence decisions headed to Sandakan yesterday to nwet with officials of the two SAPP divisions where Tan and Elopura Assemblyman Au Kam Wah are members. “I needed to explain to them the decision,” he added.