Wednesday, July 9, 2008


OOPS! SAPP says stand on no-confidence motion against PM remains


Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Secretary- General Datuk Richard Yong has insisted that the Party’s stand on its loss of confidence in the Prime Minister still remains. SAPP would proceed with the tabling of the motion against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the right time, he said yesterday. Yong asserted this in a brief statement to clarify the news reports that SAPP had dropped its no-confidence’ motion against Abdullah. He said SAPP would not carry out the move at the moment so as not to fall into the trap of some racial opportunists, especially in view of the current volatile situation in the country. To question if the motion would be tabled by SAPP MPs Datuk Eric Majimbun and Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui, Richard said: “We don’t know yet wait, when the time comes.” He noted that Chua had at the Parliament House yesterday categorically clarified the news reports on her interview on Monday as having been distorted because she ad never said SAPP had dropped the proposed motion. SAPP Deputy President Datuk Raymond Tan meanwhile urged Party members to move on with the Barisan Nasional and put the issue of no-confidence against the Prime Minister behind them. He said voices of the members had been heard loud and clear by Kuala Lumpur as concerted efforts were underway to address the problems raised by the Party. “All the talks of a motion have to stop; SAPP has highlighted the Sabah agenda and now the hope of everyone is still in Barisan Nasional,” Raymond, who is State Deputy Chief Minister and Infrastructure Development Minister said yesterday. His call came amid a statement by SAPP Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong that the Part had not backed off from its threat to table a motion of no confidence against Abdullah. Raymond said the people were fed up with all the talks about no confidence and it is clear that most people in Sabah including Barisan Nasional leaders want to see the action. “A lot of positive things are happening. People are looking at Barisan as the best choice to resolve our State issues,” said Raymond, adding that many leaders within BN also looked positively at Tawau MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui’s statement about dropping the no confidence motion. “I don’t know why Richard is being contradictory on the issue as it clearly shows other Barisan leaders have shown that they were concerned about our position. “I say it again that making a statement is one thing but actually carrying it (no confidence motion) out is another,” Raymond said, adding that he hoped that political reality would prevail among all Party members. He said Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman had been patient and helpful in addressing various issues raised by the Party. “I feel what is important is for all of us to work together,” he said noting that the reactions by some BN leaders over Chua’s statement showed that there was no bitterness and the Coalition spirit remains strong.” he said.

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