Apologise or face legal action, Bung Moktar tells Yong
The Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC)’s lawyer is looking into the course of action to be taken against Datuk Yong Teck Lee for alleging that Sabah Progressive Party APP)’s two Members of Parliament, Eric Majimbun and Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau), had declined the invitation to join a study tour to Taiwan and offered RM50,000 pocket money each. BNBBC Deputy Chairman Bung Moktar said the SAPP President should apologise within seven days face legal action. “Of course we will take action to protect our reputation,’ the Kinabatangan Member of Parliament said. Speaking to reporters before breaking fast with the media yesterday, Bung Moktar said the Barisan Nasional (BN) has nothing to lose with SAPP’s decision to pull out from the Coalition. “It is the Party’s members who will be at the losing end,” he said. Bung Moktar said SAPP’s move was expected as Yong had done several things which were against the BN concept. However after all the efforts to get BN to sack SAPP failed, he said, Yong decided to take the Party out of the Coalition because he was promised by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of a Deputy Prime Minister’s post. “Yong was taken in by Anwar’s empty promise,” he said, adding that Anwar’s method of politicking should stop. On a suggestion for former SAPP members, especially the Bumiputeras, to join Umno, he said that even though Umno is a Malay Bumiputera party, it practises an open concept. This is clearly seen in Umno Sabah where there are Division Heads who are from the Kadazandusun and Murut community, he said, adding that this shows Umno is pragmatic and a Party that conforms to the current situation. Bung Moktar also shot down talks that the Opposition would be forming a Government and stressed, “from Sept 16 to Sept 23, to the end of the world, or any other dates that were mentioned, to me this will never happen and I believe the choice of the rakyat on who should govern the country will be made in the 13th general election.” Never in the history of the country has a Federal Government been toppled by unhealthy alliances such as party hopping, he said, adding that Malaysians are mature and rational enough not to believe the rumours.