Sunday, October 5, 2008


My status in SAPP: to be resolved soon, says DCM


Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan said the issue of his membership in Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will be resolved soon. ‘Of course it will be resolved. I think they (SAPP) are going to resolve it quite quickly for me,” he said when met at the Kota Kinabalu. International Airport (KKIA) Terminal Two after sending off Deputy Elite Minister Datuk Seri Tun Najib Razak yesterday. Raymond paid this when asked about the status of his membership in SAPP as the Party’s leaders claim that he was still a member as he had not officially resigned. “I think the Party will take some action against me. It’s fine with me, I am prepared for that,” he told reporters. According to Raymond, he has the resignation letter ready and it was just a matter of sending it to SAPP. “But I would have thought that they would not just want my letter they would want everybody’s letter,” he said and urged the SAPP leadership to give its members more time to think about their next course of action. He claimed that he was not making it difficult for the Party but instead was just trying to tell them that in a situation like this, people are not sure what to do. “We are not too sure about our grassroots whether they are supporting what the Party is doing or they are not supporting the Party because they are not happy with SAPP leaving Barisan Nasional (BN),” he said. Raymond added, “SAPP should allow its members to make that choice which, if they made the choice that they did not agree with you to leave BN, then they are making a more difficult decision, that is to leave a party which is not with BN.” Making the decision to leave SAPP is not something that can be done straight away, especially for members who have been with the Party for so long, he said. “Even now you ask the 40,000 members that they have in the Party, how many actually agree with you?” he said adding that those who do not agree have already made themselves known that they are not happy and that they have no choice but to leave the Party. Raymond also said that he does not see the urgency in getting those who are against the Supreme Council’s decision to resign officially by sending in their resignation letters. “All they need in the Supreme Council meeting is to decide that those who do not agree with the Party’s decision can leave SAPP since they make a lot of decisions in the Supreme Council nowadays,” he stressed.