By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – SAPP is weary of an invitation by Special Functions Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang to attend a closed-door hearing on Sabah rights under his “Sabah Rights Review Committee”.
SAPP secretary-general, Datuk Richard Yong We Kong who is also a Council Member of Gabungan Sabah (USA) expressed doubt as to whether any good will come out of this meeting.
However, he said that SAPP would join its partners – Parti Cinta Sabah and STAR – in Gabungan Sabah headed by its chairman Datuk Hj. Mohd. Noor Mansoor to announce its reply this Monday.
Yong said SAPP asks if this latest review committee chaired by Teo will suffer the same fate as the RCI Technical Committee chaired by deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Two years ago, Mohd Noor, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, Datuk Yong Teck Lee and other senior figures of the opposition had met the RCI Technical Committee chaired by Pairin in the presence of senior state and federal officials.
“Written submissions were later submitted,” said Yong in a statement Friday.
“After two years, NOTHING has come out and Tan Sri Pairin is retiring soon.
“What is there to think that the Teo Chee Kang’s committee will not suffer the same fate as the Pairin Committee?
“Is this committee not a tactic to delay and eventually bury the people’s demands for full autonomy?