KOTA KINABALU, December 29, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will persist with its objective of working with other opposition parties to ensure the opposition succeeds in toppling the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said negotiations with Pakatan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will continue despite Democratic Action Party (DAP) trying to sabotage the negotiations.
"Our platform insofar as negotiating with Anwar is concerned is to let local parties to contest a majority of the state seats while we will render our full cooperation and support to ensure that Pakatan goes to Putrajaya (Federal government).
"For the sake of the political future of Sabah, we are willing to work on a formula to ensure a one-to-one contest to enhance every opposition candidate's chances of victory over BN candidates," Chong said.
Chong was responding on a recent series of newspaper reports quoting DAP Sabah second echelon leaders, in particular Junz Wong.
He questioned whether Junz's statement represent Pakatan and DAP.
Chong added that it seems Junz does not know how to respect Pakatan leaders particularly Anwar and senior DAP Sabah leaders.
He added that SAPP and Anwar had met many times since 2008 and so far the negotiations are going very well and almost completed.
Chong also said that the recent most visible cooperation between SAPP and Pakatan seen during a gathering in Bongawan on Nov 25 when Anwar's nation road show was hosted by Jaafar Ismail, SAPP Vice President.
Chong added that Junz's statements were critical of SAPP and stated, among other issues, that DAP will contest the Sandakan parliamentary seat and three state seats in the area come the next general elections.
"These DAP statements are arrogantly presumptuous, unwise and uncalled for because not only the anti-BN voters are confused, they defied the fact that our views and desires in the Sandakan constituencies have been made known to our opposition comrades long ago.
SAPP's formula to re-contest Tanjung Papat and Elopura is well received by the people.