Quote Of The Day As SAPP’s Moment Of Reckoning Is Near

Quote of the day: “It’s easier to sack two MPs than a party with only two MPs.”

That was what political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said about why he did not believe that the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council, which would meet at 4pm tomorrow, Aug 6, would sack its renegade component party, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

You think SAPP will get the sack?

“If you sack SAPP, it would upset the political equilibrium in Sabah.

“Moreover, you have to bear in mind that it is an open secret that the SAPP’s demand appeals to most Sabahans. They may not like the SAPP, but they share its sentiment,” said Khoo. [Source]

Sabah’s Illegal Problem Too Deeply Rooted, Requires Strongest Will To Resolve

If it has been easy to resolve, Sabah’s illegal immigrant problems would have been resolved by now.

If the political will has been strong to resolve the issue, we won’t be cancered by the problem.

But what was once an easy problem to tackle, has become so difficult to overcome because of a number of reasons. Here are the 12 reasons for the worsening illegal immigrants problem in Sabah:

#01. The tidak apa attitude among the powers-that-be in the past to resolve the problem;

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Wind Of Change In Borneo’s Land Below The Wind… Part 1

I was once a part-time reporter with a national newspaper. Back then, and still is, they call part-time reporters “stringers”, although none of their job involves stringing strings (for want of a better pun).

That was in the early 90′s and Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan was still the Sabah Chief Minister and Datuk Yong Teck Lee his deputy, if my memory serves me right.

Seri Bersatu assignment

Sometime in 1993, I was assigned to cover an event at Seri Bersatu, Pairin’s residence in Luyang near Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

I could not remember what exactly the event was — it might have been a Harvest Festival celebration or a Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) anniversary, but I remember there was partying, and singing, and the food was great.

Biar kau menjadi lilin

I still remember Datuk Lawrence Gimbang was singing “Biarku Menjadi Lilin” that night and did quite a nice rendition of the song.

Well, it wasn’t great — as Simon Cowell would have put it — but it wasn’t terrible. Now we know from whom Rich of Akadami Fantasia got his singing talent.

Calling it the blues

I also remember the sharp, stinging and definitive sound of an electric guitar in the hands of Datuk Hassan Alban Sandukong, who was Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker at the time, again if my memory serves me right –  about Alban’s post, I mean; not the guitar.

I remember the guitar well because a guitar-playing politician was quite a sight to behold. Hassan Alban is no Eric Clapton but man, he can play the blues.

And then there was Young Turk Lee

Then there was Datuk Yong Teck Lee, the then PBS Deputy President, whom we — the reporters — bumped into while filling our plates with food. He greeted us and told us how great the party was.

Something in the way he said it

But there was something else he said that night that is flooding back to me now like an old dream.

I guess, we, the reporters, must have remarked about the food and had probably asked him if he had taken his. He told us that he in fact had, and that he was just walking around “to get an idea how to make a party”.

That was many more months before he finally made the party and it had nothing to do with playing guitar or singing about becoming a candle. His party is called Parti Maju Sabah or Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

… to be continued (but can’t promise when)

SAPP’s Vote Of No Confidence Against PM, By-Election For Sanglang In Perlis

The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), a Sabah-based component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional, said today it had lost confidence in Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In the coming sitting of the Parliament session on Monday, its two Members of Parliament will support a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister, the party said. [Further details in The Star].

Up to you to decide whether the Typhoon Sapp is indeed a typhoon or just a storm in the teacup.

“Whether its MPs table the vote of no confidence, or whether other MPs will do it, would be determined in due course,” the party said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Sanglang state seat in Perlis has been declared vacant by an election court. Meaning there is going to could be a by-election. The seat was won by Barisan Nasional in the March 8 general election.

Alternatively, the Election Commission can just declare the other candidate, from Pas, as the winner.

So it’s going to be just like in the song, dari Perlis sampailah ke Sabah… at least for today lah.

Typhoon Sapp To Hit Borneo’s Sabah At 2pm June 18

Typhoon SappForget Bigfoot. We have already call their bluff. It’s time to prepare for the storm, politically, which have been brewing in Sabah in the past few weeks that even the goodies announced on Harvest Festival Day failed to lighten up the sky.

Word has it that the storm, which this blog shall call Typhoon Sapp, will finally hit tomorrow.

As of tonight there was no information as to the severity of the storm but political meteorologists said it was set to uproot trees and send rooftops flying in the air.

Watch out for June 18 and listen to the political weather forecast around 3pm. It could well be Category 4 political storm. Or, maybe just a storm in a teacup.

Borneo Blog will try to bring you the news from 2.30pm tomorrow.

Sabah, A Staunch Federal Ally

Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman will meet Sabah leaders soon.

I guess the PM would want to thank Sabah for being there when the BN needed them most.

He would likely commend the state for being such a strong BN supporter, and that there would be time when their loyalty can be appropriately rewarded.

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