Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tan to stay on in SAPP even if party expelled - The Star


Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Datuk Raymond Tan said he intends to remain in the party even if it is expelled from Barisan Nasional over its no-confidence move against the Prime Minister.

Tan, who is openly opposing SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee's no-confidence move, said he felt the party that he joined at its formation in 1994 needed him even more now.

He told reporters here on Saturday that he would not entertain any invitation to join other Barisan Nasional component parties “for now.”

Tan, a Deputy Chief Minister, told reporters at the Kota Kinabalu international airport here before flying before flying back to Sandakan that he was also prepared to face the consequences of opposing Yong over the no-confidence move.

Tan said he was appealing to federal leaders not to take any action against SAPP leaders and members that would be perceived as attempts to threaten them.

He said he was shocked at Yong's disclosure in the midst of the SAPP supreme council meeting on Friday that the Anti Corruption Agency was investigating him for a case dating back some 12 years.

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