The Chronicles of SAPP

It’s been a few days since SAPP made a shocking press conference. In the press conference, SAPP declared they will have a vote of no confidence on PM.

Yong Teck Lee

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today called for a vote of no confidence against the prime minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a serious blow to the embattled government.
SAPP is one of the 14 party coalition- the Barisan Nasional.
“We have lost confidence in the Prime Minister ,” said SAPP president Yong Teck Lee, today.

Yong said the party, which has two lawmakers in Parliament, would decide on Friday whether to quit the BN coalition, and demanded major concessions from the government.

>>> Read more at Hard-T

And Anwar Ibrahim posted his comment on his blog on the SAPP’s actions.

Tahniah dan salut perjuangan kerana ketegasan dan keberanian Parti Progresif Sabah (SAPP) dan dua Ahli Parlimen mereka mempertahankan hak rakyat khususnya Sabah.

Saya telah mengadakan dua perbincangan sebelum ini dengan Dato’ Yong Teck Lee, Presiden dan pimpinan SAPP. Isu pokok adalah berkaitan good governance atau pengurusan pemerintahan baik dan mematuhi prinsip pertanggungjawaban. Jaminan keadilan bagi rakyat, bumiputra dan lainnya termasuk Sabah.

Kita menjamin 20 peratus royalti minyak kapada Sabah, Sarawak dan Trengganu, serta perwakilan yang adil bagi negeri Sabah dan Sarawak.

Saya gembira dengan tindakan awal ini dan menyeru supaya rakan-rakan lain segera bertindak demi menjamin politik yang stabil dan pengurusan ekonomi cekap yang akan menjamin pertumbuhan pantas serta pengagihan adil.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Lim Kit Siang also has something to say on this issue

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has dropped a bombshell when its president Yong Teck Lee announced that its two MPs, Dr. Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar) would move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when Parliament resumes on Monday.

But will the bombshell land in Parliament on Monday?

With the ruling coalition commanding unbroken two-thirds parliamentary majority in the 11 general elections since Merdeka in 1957 until the recent political tsunami of the March 2008 general election, there had never been any no confidence motion against the Prime Minister in Malaysian parliamentary history

On PM’s first reaction, he said that Yong Teck, the president of SAPP is greedy and put SAPP party’s interests and importance secondly behind him though he didn’t elaborate it further.

PUTRAJAYA, June 18 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s latest action has been due to the fact that “I have not been able to satisfy his personal greed.”

Abdullah did not elaborate. However, his aides told Bernama that the prime minister would elaborate at a later date.

>>> Read Rocky’s piece here on that

On the vote of no confidence issue, Pandikar Amin Mulia, the speaker for Dewan Rakyat informed that every party has the right to call a vote of no confidence but it has to go through certain rules. Full transcript can be viewed here

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Jun (Bernama) — Speaker Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia berkata beliau belum menerima sebarang notis daripada mana-mana parti berkaitan usul tidak percaya terhadap Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“Saya belum terima apa-apa lagi. Tidak ada notis yang telah dikemukakan kepada pejabat saya setakat ini,” kata beliau kepada Bernama ketika dihubungi.

Beliau berkata mana-mana parti boleh mengemukakan permohonan untuk membentangkan usul berdasarkan kepada dua peruntukan di bawah Peraturan Mesyuarat, pertama Peruntukan 27 (1) untuk satu usul bagi dibentangkan oleh mana-mana anggota mengenai sebarang perkara tertentu tetapi anggota mesti memberi notis dalam masa 14 hari.

And further development on Yong Teck himself, BPR has opened an investigation on bribery allegations for Yong Teck during his tenure as Chief Minister of Sabah in 1996. How can you believe it, It’s been more than a decade from the time, why now somebody made the report and why? As usual, BPR will make a swift action on “interesting” cases.

20/06/2008 12:32pm

KOTA KINABALU 20 Jun – Presiden Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP), Datuk Yong Teck Lee kini disiasat kerana disyaki terlibat dalam satu kes rasuah membabitkan RM5 juta yang didakwa dilakukan ketika beliau menjadi Ketua Menteri Sabah.

Ketua Pengarah Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR), Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan memberitahu Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini, BPR sedang menyiasat pembabitan Yong itu ekoran satu pendedahan di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Semalam, Mahkamah Tinggi diberitahu Teck Lee telah mengarahkan pembayaran lebih RM5 juta hasil keuntungan jualan saham syarikat milik kerajaan negeri Sabah kepada ejen pilihannya pada 1996.

>>> Read more about it here at Pink Turtle

And BPR make another swift action denying the fast action to the Yock Teck case is because the SAPP decision to have a vote of no confidence on PM

Kes Presiden SAPP buktikan ‘siasatan terpilih’ BPR

Semuanya hanya satu kebetulan, dakwa Ketua Pengarah Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR), Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan.

Kenyataan itu terpaksa dibuat apabila khalayak umum melahirkan kehairanan atas ‘kepantasan’ BPR mengeluarkan kenyataan media berhubung siasatan rasuah Presiden Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP), Datuk Yong Teck Lee 24 jam selepas parti komponen BN itu menyatakan hasrat mengemukakan usul undi tidak percaya kepada Perdana Menteri.

Menurut Ahmad, apa yang berlaku hanya ‘satu kebetulan’ dan tindakan badan itu untuk menyiasat kes tersebut tidak ada kena-mengena dengan situasi politik tanah air masa sekarang.

>>> Read more about it here at Berita Panas

No2Umno also has something to say on BPR’s reaction to Yocg Teck. Read it here

Kalau dulu DS Anwar di sabitkan dengan isu rasuah dan penyalahgunaankuasa, kini mangsa terbaru adalah Datuk Yong Teck Lee. Kes Rasuah 5 juta ini terbongkar setelah Dr Yong membuat Sidang akhbar berkenaan usul tidak percaya kepada Perdana Menteri, Dollah Badawi.

Sebenarnya, tektik yang sama di gunakan kepada sesiapa sahaja yang cuba untuk menentang seseorang pemimpin itu. Kalau DS Anwar merbahaya kepada Mahathir, Yong Teck Lee pula ancaman kepada Dollah. Dan ini lah akibat.

Senjata serampang dua mata. Mengenakan tindakan dan membuat ugutan. Kepada sesiapa yang bersubahat dan mahu bersama … ini lah yang bakal kamu terima. Apa kata Dato’ Yong?

Yong Teck also hits back at the allegations on the bribery case. He claimed that PM offered him a “political bribery” to make him shut his mouth and not going through with his plan for vote of no confidence.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Yong Teck Lee Friday (20 June) said he was a senatorship and an envoy’s post by the Prime Minister’s Department on Tuesday (17 June), a day before he declared that the party had lost confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The former chief minister said he regarded the offer as “political bribery” to stop him from voicing out issues related to Sabah, Bernama reported.

“The offer was delivered to me through the chief minister. He (the chief minister) said that if I agree, the prime minister would make the announcement.

“I said I’m going to reject it even if the announcement is made… so it won’t be nice,” he told reporters in Kota Kinabalu.

Yong was asked to comment on a statement by Abdullah yesterday that he had offered the two posts to the SAPP president.

The full report is here at Malaysia-Today

On the final note on the vote of no confidence, it will be most likely be a reality in Parliament hearing on Monday. The motion by Shahrir Abdul Samad will be moved to vote of no confidence provided if there’s enough members in Parliament to defeat the motion. Lim Kit Siang revealed the piece here.

I have been informed that the first item of parliamentary business after the 90-minute question time on Monday will be a motion by the Minister for Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad seeking support for the measures taken by the government over price increases of food, oil and commodities, including reduction of oil subsidies.

This government motion on price increases in Parliament on Monday can be turned into a no-confidence motion if there are enough numbers in Parliament to defeat it.

All and all, we should watch this space and tug-of-war with great interest and this could be one of our biggest political history in Malaysia since there’s no history on vote of no confidence in the history of Malaysia !!! :neutral:

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