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Sunday, September 30, 2012


KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) appears to have parted ways with Pakatan Rakyat after initially showing signs of building ties with the peninsula-based opposition coalition.

The fallout stems from PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim informing SAPP president Yong Teck Lee that Pakatan was now bringing in Lajim Ukin and Wilfred Bumburing as his new trusted warlords in Sabah.
That decision was made known last month in a meeting room at a hotel here when Anwar met Yong and Jeffrey Kitingan, the Sabah chapter chairman of Sarawak-based State Reform Party (STAR).

Since then, Yong has not appeared at Pakatan functions unlike in the past when he made an effort to attend nor has he sent senior members to represent the party at such events.

His latest snub of a Pakatan function was the Sept 15 gathering in Tuaran of Pakatan’s top leaders to mark the 49th anniversary of Malaysia Day.

In the past, Yong would have been loath to miss an event like that since Sept 16, 1963, date of the formation of Malaysia, has been high on SAPP’s agenda. However, he did not even send a junior party leader to the function hosted by Lajim and Bumburing in the grounds of a restaurant.

The event was staged to show Sabahans that Pakatan leaders empathised with them about how Sabah and Sarawak were equal partners with Malaya in the formation of Malaysia but had since been reduced in status equivalent to those of the peninsular states.

Yong would not have wanted to ignore this gesture as among those present with Anwar were PAS president Hadi Awang, Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim along with senior Pakatan component party leaders Tian Chua, Mohamad Sabu, Mustaffa Ali, Husam Musa and many others.

The fracturing of ties can be traced to the closed-door meeting with Anwar last month when, as soon as the brief meeting ended, Yong left with his waiting SAPP colleagues to his residence near here.

Shortly later, Yong issued a statement that his party was interested in contesting in Sepanggar, Penampang and Kota Kinabalu.

He specifically mentioned the three parliamentary seats that Pakatan component DAP is eyeing, which is regarded as a direct challenge to the coalition’s influence in the state.

Anwar’s New Pawns

DAP is the incumbent in Kota Kinabalu through Hiew King Chew, a former SAPP man himself who quit to join PBS and later DAP to become their candidate.

According to the political grapevine, Yong and Jeffrey are irked by the inclusion of Lajim and Bumburing in the opposition equation and Anwar’s declaration that Pakatan now has five components with APS (Angkatan Perubahan Sabah) and PPS (Pakatan Perubahan Sabah) joining PKR, DAP and PAS.

APS is headed by Bumburing while PPS by Lajim. The two were in the meeting room with “guests” Yong and Jeffrey along with PKR vice-president Tian Chua and DAP MP Teresa Kok and Anwar’s aides. No one from PKR Sabah was present.

Yong and Jeffrey were accompanied by senior leaders from their parties but they were not included in the meeting with Anwar.

According to those familiar with discussions, Anwar signalled that APS and PPS would be the main players in Sabah, even duplicating some of Sabah PKR’s role and the message to Yong and Jeffrey was “we now have them, so are you coming in or not?” or more bluntly “we can do without you”.

The meeting lasted only 20 minutes, according to insiders who said that Yong was also irked by Lajim’s condescending tone after the meeting when he allegedly told the SAPP president that he could help deliver Lahad Datu constituency to SAPP.

The assumption that Yong and his party would need outside help in his own hometown was seen as a slight, according to party insiders.

Two days after the meeting with Anwar, Yong and his men turned up at the United Borneo Alliance (UBA) fourth meeting to meet Jeffrey.

Some have taken that as a signal that SAPP could be working with Jeffrey’s STAR instead to counter the Pakatan-Lajim-Bumburing tie-up.

UBA is a loose alliance of Borneo-based groups that Jeffrey has been trying to stitch together and its membership comprises STAR and the remnants of Usno.

Observers said both SAPP and STAR are trying to be the main opposition force in the state and wrapping themselves in the cloak of a freer and independent Sabah that they promote as the Borneo Agenda and Sabah for Sabahans.

If STAR’s slogan is “Ini kali lah” (Now is the time), SAPP’s is “Sekaranglah” (It is Now).

Even Pakatan has latched on to the popular catchphrase with Anwar shouting it out thrice at the Tuaran function during his speech.

The behind-the-scenes political tussles appear to show that while Pakatan, SAPP and STAR are united in dethroning the Umno-led BN government, their inability to temper their yearning to be the dominant party to fill the vacuum left by the outgoing party may be their undoing.

When contacted by FMT for his comment, SAPP supreme council member, lawyer Peter Marajin, said that from his observation, Yong was frustrated with Anwar.

“I think Yong is frustrated with Anwar because he now shifted his eyes to Lajim as a new ‘taiko’ for Sabah, completely forgetting his 40 [state] seats promise [to Yong and SAPP],” he said.


  1. SAPP perlu menghalang PR untuk menang di Sabah ini. Kerana jika PR berkuasa pasti parti tempatan akan jauh dipinggirkan.

  2. Yang kita tahu Datuk Lajim menyesal meninggalkan UMNO kerana tidak ada yang hebat dengan parti pembangkang. Janji mungkin hanya tinggal janji.

  3. the proposed formation of a new party by Lajim shows that he was not welcomed by Pakatan

    1. Papar UMNO Divisional Chief Rahim Ismail describes Lajim as an opportunist with ulterior motives for aligning himself with the opposition. He says most political leaders in Sabah are familiar with Lajim's character and how he would conduct himself in the political arena

  4. the Chief Minister received new Umno membership forms from about 300 members of the opposition who joined Umno Tenom

  5. Government are so much better off compared to the opposition parties which are only good at making promises, criticising and blaming everything on Umno and BN.

  6. The position of the two former Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliament who switched allegiance to Pakatan Rakyat is beginning to be questioned by several opposition leaders, claimed Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun. Beaufort MP Datuk Lajim Ukin and his Tuaran counterpart, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing prior to this, had also jumped from PBS to Umno and Upko (formerly known as Parti Demokratik Sabah). What is happening now it seems that their (Lajim and Bumburing) political direction is facing challenges when several Pakatan Rakyat leaders started to question their position even though they were recruited by Datuk Anwar Ibrahim. It is eve nsaid that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah chief Ahmad Thamrin Jaini had questioned the authority of Lajim’s Sabah Reform Alliance (PPS) who was leading negotiation for the Umno-held seats in Sabah because he is said to have support in these Muslim-majority areas.

  7. Pengaruh Lajim di Beaufort bukan semata-mata kerana populariti beliau sendiri tetapi kerana kekuatan Umno yang menjadi pilihan kepada rakyat di Beaufort. Majoriti rakyat Beaufort terutamanya pengundi Islam mempunyai pandangan jauh. Mereka mengundi parti bukan indidvidu.

  8. Saya ingin ambil kesempatan ini untuk membawa satu fakta yang menarik mengenai Umno. Ada yang hairna kenapa Umno mampu bertahan lebih 70 tahun walaupun dalam sejarahnya ramai pemimpin kecil dan besar bertindak keluar parti, meletak jawatan atau bersara. Ada beberapa sebab.

    Pertamanya Umno ditubuhkan atas dasar perjuangan bukan kerana individu. Maknanya, ahli Umno mendokong Umno kerana dasar perjuangannya. Oleh sebab itu, individu sebesar mana sekalipun tidak menjadi perhitungan dalam perjuangan mereka dalam Umno.

  9. Berlainan dengan Pakatan rakyat. Padamkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dari kepimpinan Pakatan, Pakatan akan mengalami krisis kepimpinan yang kronik. Pakatan adalah berasaskan individu bukannya kepada perjuangan.

  10. Bagi Pakatan, oleh kerana kepetahannya bercakap dan aura sebagai penceramah, Anwar Ibrahim bercakap terus dengan ahli partinya tanpa perlu sistem Cabang, Negeri dan Pusat. Ini menyebabkan kurang pengiktirafan penghormatan kepada sistem Cabang, Negeri dan Pusat mereka.

  11. Dengan aktiviti sepanjang tahun, BN sebagai sebuah jentera politik sentiasa di dalam keadaan terbaik dan boleh diaktifkan bila-bila masa. Sudah tentu, bila ada wakil rakyat atau Ketua Bahagian Umno meninggalkan parti, jentera BN masih kukuh dan efektif. Itu beza BN dari yang lain.


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