Anwar reset button: SAPP

(Daily Express) – Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) on Monday welcomes Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s statement that SAPP need not join the Pakatan Rakyat in toppling the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Its President, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, said Anwar has also given assurance that Pakatan can negotiate with the SAPP in going against the BN one-to-one in the next election.

“As the de facto leader of PKR and Pakatan, Anwar has re-set the button on the relationship between SAPP and Pakatan to the same positive footing that SAPP had with Pakatan in 2008,” he said in a statement.

On the policy framework, he said SAPP has been supportive of the national opposition agenda for change, clean elections, an independent judiciary and an efficient economy.

In fact, he said SAPP’s two MPs, namely Datuk Eric Majimbun and Datuk Chua Soon Bui, have been consistent on this matter.

He said SAPP’s eight-point declaration in June 2008 stated that the Government shall be of the people based on good governance and civil society and non-racial politics based on a progressive, just and harmonious society.

At the same time, Yong said the party also fights for Sabah autonomy, 20 per cent oil royalties, return of Labuan, review of unfair federal laws in Sabah, Borneonisation of the civil service, solution to the illegal immigrants issue and redressing the socio-economic imbalances affecting Sabah.