Kota Kinabalu: None of the 2,446 members in the 23 registered branches of the Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) Karambunai division has resigned from the party, said President Datuk Yong Teck Lee. Yong refuted a statement by the press secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah on March 1 that eight SAPP branches from its Karambunai CLC would be joining Tan due to discontentment to the party's pullout from Barisan Nasional (BN). Yong who is also SAPP CLC Chairman for Karambunai constituency noted that to-date, none of the 2446 members in the 23 registered branches in the constituency has tendered their resignation from the party.
He said based on information gathered by SAPP officials it was found that about 200 members from the eight branches had been invited by the Political Secretary to the Chief Minister to a dinner with Tan at a five-star hotel in here last week. However, only the chairman of Kampung Tobur branch, Matney Musah, who is a government staff, and two of his members turned up. Yong also pointed out that while Tan's press secretary claimed that 25 SAPP Karambunai members met with the Deputy Chief Minister, the group photo nonetheless showed only a total of 15 persons, excluding the Deputy Chief Minister and his three aides.
The other persons appearing in the photo consist four non-members, an Umno member and six unidentified persons. In this respect, he described the news report published on March 1 in some local newspapers, as yet another desperate move by Tan to cling on to his current position in the government. "It is generally known that Datuk Raymond Tan is desperately trying to hang on to his post of Deputy Chief Minister by convincing his political master that he enjoys popular support to form his new party," he quipped. He argued that if those SAPP members were really unhappy about being out of the BN, then they would have left a long time ago, and not only now, six months after SAPP pulled out from the BN.
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