SAPP won't rejoin BN even if PM steps down

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will not return to the Barisan Nasional (BN) fold even if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were to announce the leadership transition today (Wednesday), said its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He said SAPP pulled out from the BN coalition on Sept 17 because of their struggle in wanting to see a lasting solution to the problems affecting the people in Sabah.

"It is not a personal issue that if Pak Lah were to leave...we (SAPP) will be back in BN. We are looking at issues at large, and not necessarily just the Prime Minister of the day," he told reporters here, Tuesday.

Asked on Abdullah's likely announcement today (Wednes-day), Yong said his guess was that the Prime Minister would not announce the leadership transition.

"The reasons being that he has the majority support of Umno members and the people of Malaysia who have voted for BN and he has a comfortable majority in Parliament," he said.

On a different note, Yong said as of Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, who has declared himself a 'Barisan independent' after SAPP pulled out of BN, had yet to submit his resignation letter as a member of SAPP.

- Daily Express, Sabah

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