By Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Kota Kinabalu, Monday, 5 September 2011, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) welcomes Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's land mark statement that Pakatan can negotiate with SAPP and SAPP need not join the Pakatan Rakyat in achieving a one to one fight against the BN.
As de facto leader of PKR and PR, 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.
On the policy framework, SAPP has been supportive of the national opposition agenda for change, clean elections, an independent judiciary and an efficient economy. In fact, SAPP's two MPs at the parliamentary level, Datuk Eric Majimbun and Datuk Chua Soon Bui, have been consistent on this matter.
Further, SAPP's 8 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, we also fight for Sabah autonomy, 20% 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.
Datuk Yong Teck Lee is President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP)