SAPP again says won't join Pakatan
TAWAU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) reiterated Monday its stand of not joining fellow opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but will continue co-operating with the latter as a colleague.
Its advisor, Datuk Mohd Noor Mansur, said he is only repeating what party President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee had said previously - that SAPP and PR can be friends but need not be married.
"We must remember that such situation had happened before during the Berjaya era when Usno and PBS united and defeated the Berjaya Government at that time," he said, in conjunction with the "SAPP Jelajah" programme to strengthen party machinery.
He said the discussion between SAPP and PR to fight the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next election is still being discussed.
However, he said this depended on the sincerity of PR component parties because the SAPP would not let itself be used by certain quarters just because of its status as a local opposition party.
Treasurer-General Dullie Marie, on the other hand, said the party is only interested to wrest the state from the Barisan and, thus, willing to pave the way for PR to contest parliamentary seats in Sabah.
The party has identified 40 out of 60 state seats it would be contesting but that it is still waiting for the outcome of the discussion with the PR.
SAPP is not greedy on the issue of seat determination...so long as Sabah autonomy rights are not affected, we are willing to provide room for other parties to discuss with us," he said.
Nevertheless, SAPP hoped to contest the seats one-to-one with the BN, he said, to ensure victory for the opposition.
He said there is positive development in the matter even though some of the statements issued by leaders in the PR have hurt the feelings of SAPP leadership.
By Lagatah Toyos