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Saturday, March 25, 2017

US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

CHICAGO (AP) — A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.

Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said he could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday.

STAR Garners Further Support in Kiulu

KIULU - Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) garnered further strength in its Kiulu division when Upko Taginambur chief Itim Garakan joined the Party. Itim was joined by PKR former leaders in Bongol and Pekan Nabalu, Martin Ginsos and Daunis Saimi respectively, who submitted together their membership forms with their supporters to Star Kiulu Division Chief, Terence Sinti, 2 days ago.

According to them, their entry into the STAR Party was because they believe in the Party struggles under the leadership of President Datuk Dr Jeffrey, who had consistently fought for the restoration of Sabah’s autonomy and rights over the years.

Friday, March 24, 2017

RUU355 applicable to West Malaysian Muslims only

KUALA LUMPUR - From the information made available to Sin Chew Daily, Umno has made the preliminary draft for the RUU355 amendment bill to replace the private member's bill of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

In order to appease the emotions of non-Muslims and East Malaysians, Umno's amendment bill will specify that it is applicable to West Malaysian Muslims only, and will not be applicable to non-Muslims and East Malaysians.

High Court can't interfere in ICJ bid by Msian death row inmates

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court today ruled that it could not interfere in a bid by two Malaysian death row inmates in Singapore to bring their case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as it is related to foreign policy.

Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah made the ruling in chambers today after dismissing a leave application by S. Prabagaran,30, and K. Datchinamurthy, 32, for a judicial review to compel the Foreign Minister and the government to institute proceedings against Singapore at the ICJ over their drug trafficking conviction.

Counsel N.Surendran, who represented the applicants, said they will be appealing against the decision.

London terror attack questions raised

What is the latest UK terror threat level and has it been revised following London terror attack in Westminster?

More armed cops will be rolled out across the UK as a precautionary measure after the attack

Khalid Masood, 52, was identified as the knifeman responsible for carrying out the Westminster terror attack on Wednesday March 22.

The Kent-born terrorist, born Adrian Russell Ajao who later converted to Islam, was responsible for murdering four people including a police officer.

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps captain and engineer

On Thursday afternoon, two licensed mariners were abducted from the vehicle carrier Super Shuttle Roro 9 in the vicinity of General Santos City, Mindanao. Philippine authorities said that pirates in three speedboats approached the vessel, boarded it, and made off with the captives. The Philippine military suspects the involvement of terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, which has carried out a string of maritime kidnappings over the past year.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

USA Prepared To Work With Warisan – Mohd Noor

The United Sabah Alliance or USA, an alliance of five political parties, has given enough indication or gesture to work with Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) during the coming general election.

USA chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansur however, said the decision would depend on Warisan, whether to accept the signal or not.

“Warisan still has not made any efforts to be closer to USA. From the beginning we have been giving a clear cordial gesture about our preparedness to accept Warisan. Our door is always open for parties that are willing to serve the people of Sabah.

Ex-Sabah Anti-Vice Police Chief behind bars for 40 years for rape, sodomising minor

Former Sabah anti-vice police chief was sent to jail for 40 years and ordered to be whipped 15 times for raping and sodomising a 13-year-old girl five years ago in what was described as a "crime of temptation".

Deputy Superintendent Rohaizat Abd Ani, 58, lost his final appeal at the Court of Appeal today to set aside his rape and sodomy convictions meted out on him by the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court in Sabah.

IGP, what happened to Theory No 2?

With the inspector-general of police’s (IGP) statement as reported in Malaysiakini on Monday March 20 under the headline ‘IGP: No lead in abduction of Pastor Koh’, I do need to ask the very obvious question.

Referring to the Free Malaysia Today publication dated March 7, 2017 under the headline ‘IGP: Pastor Koh abduction may be over personal issues’, where the IGP shared three theories that the police were working on. Referring to my earlier letter, any right-thinking rational Malaysian will come to the very natural conclusion that Theory 1 and 3 are not worth considering, and if anything, a distraction to the entire investigation.

Jong-nam murder suspect filmed playing snooker in N. Korean embassy

KUALA LUMPUR: A man wanted by the police to facilitate investigations into last month's murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been recorded playing snooker at the North Korean Embassy here.

On Monday, All-Nippon News Network (ANN News), operated by Asahi TV, aired the one-minute video footage showing the suspect, resembling Kim Uk-il, playing the game with several others on the second floor of the embassy building in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.

STAR: Re-build and Compensate the Kg. Bobotong Villagers

KOTA KINABALU - “The Sabah government and the State Forestry Department has failed the indigenous native community and their moral and legal duty to protect native and indigenous land rights and should take immediate and urgent steps to remedy the unwarranted and inhumane destruction of the village houses in Kg. Bobotong  to salvage its tarnished credibility,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief and Bingkor Assemblyman in response to the intentional destruction of village houses in Kg. Bobotong in Tongod.

FAM Presidential Race: TMJ elected unopposed as Annuar Musa pulls out

KUALA LUMPUR - Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic) has made a surprise announcement that he is pulling out of the race for the Football Association of Malaysia presidency.

This means Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim will be elected unopposed as the new president at the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Congress on Saturday.

Two of five Malaysian Abu Sayyaf hostages rescued

KOTA KINABALU - Two of five Malaysian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf gunmen have been rescued during an operation in waters between Jolo and Pata islands in southern Philippines.

The two Tayudin Anjut, 45, and Abdul Rahim Sumas, 62, were rescued during a Philippines marine operation at Jolo’s coastal province of Kalingalan Caluang at about 2am Thursday.

Philippines military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo confirmed the rescue during the operations.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Muslim Teenagers Jailed For Bombing Sikh Temple In Germany

Three German-born Muslim teenagers have been sentenced to up to seven years in jail for a religiously motivated bombing in a Sikh temple in the city of Essen.

“The judge ruled that the teens should serve sentences of seven years, six years and nine months and six years in a juvenile detention center,” Deutsche Welle reported.

The three arrested perpetrators Yusuf T., Mohamed B. and Tolga I. were 16 years old when they detonated their self-made bomb outside of the temple last year.

Bare suspect recaptured after brief freedom

IPOH - A 26-year-old suspect was recaptured two hours after he escaped from police custody at the court complex here on Tuesday.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said that A. Kaliswaran had escaped after he was charged with possessing stolen items and failing to produce a MyKad.

ACP Sum said that Kaliswaran was handcuffed with 22 other detainees when he escaped.

“All 23 were being escorted from the court lockup to a police truck to be sent to the Taiping prison when the incident happened at about 4.45pm," he said.

Ridiculous censorship law, says activist after paying RM10,000 fine

Human rights activist Lena Hendry says government should let people deem what is right or wrong for themselves when watching a movie

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights activist Lena Hendry, who was fined RM10,000 for screening an uncensored documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war, said Malaysia’s censorship law is becoming “very ridiculous”.

WSJ says US preparing to charge Jho Low


US law enforcement authorities are preparing to press criminal charges against Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, in connection with 1Malaysia Development Bhd transactions, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Jho Low could be charged with fraud and money laundering, the report said, quoting people familiar with the US investigations against Jho Low and his associates. Some of his associates might also be charged.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bill Gates world's richest person, again - Forbes

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is at the top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires that was released Monday, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

The number of billionaires increased 13 per cent compared to 2016, the magazine noted, from 1,810 to 2,043.

It is the first time Forbes has pinned down more than 2,000 people with 10-figure fortunes.

UK to formally trigger Brexit on March 29

LONDON - Britain said Monday it will trigger its exit from the European Union on March 29, nine months after the country voted to leave the European Union.

Triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the formal procedure for leaving the bloc, will open a two-year timetable for difficult negotiations, meaning Britain could be out of the EU by 2019.

Lajim: Allegation that Harapan Rakyat is BN-sponsored is a vicious lie

BEAUFORT - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin has denied that the party is a Barisan Nasional (BN) sponsored party.

He challenged those making the allegation to show proof of the party receiving financial aid from BN.

“All these allegations are lies that can damage my political career,” the Klias assemblyman said when officiating at Haparan Rakyat Kota Klias A and Kota Klias B operation centres.

US to ban airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The new rule is expected to be announced as early as Monday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the U.S. government learnt of a threat several weeks ago.

Sabah CP: Offensive against Abu Sayyaf will be positive for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - The Philippines’ military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group would lead to an improved security situation in eastern Sabah’s sea borders, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said.

“If this is true, as announced by the Philippine military, it will have an impact on Sabah. It will make it more difficult for the cross border kidnap groups,” he said.

He was asked to comment on official and unofficial reports that some key Abu Sayyaf figures were killed in the ongoing military offensive.

Monday, March 20, 2017

East Timor votes in first presidential election, Asia’s youngest nation

East Timor remains a deeply poor country and the government has struggled to improve the livelihoods of its 1.1 million people

East Timor voted for a new president on Monday, with a former guerrilla fighter tipped for victory after winning the backing of the two biggest parties, in a new sign of stability for Asia’s youngest nation.

The vote comes at a challenging time for the tiny half-island nation 15 years after independence, with oil reserves running dry and its leaders struggling to reach agreement with Australia over lucrative energy fields.

It is the first presidential election since the departure of United Nations peacekeepers in 2012.

But despite fears of violence there has been only sporadic and low-level unrest in the run-up to the vote.

IGP tells media to "shut your bloody mouth" over Pastor's abduction

KULAI - The police have no leads to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, confirmed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He repeated his advice to the public against over-generating publicity for the case to enable the police to conduct their investigation smoothly.

“Too much speculation in the media could endanger the victim. I am worried, because our investigation is in a stalemate as we don’t have further information on the missing pastor. I believe it is due to too much publicity.

A crippling blow for Abu Sayyaf, many key leaders killed

KOTA KINABALU - The notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group has been dealt a crippling blow with many key leaders killed in the past month.

Some known gunmen involved in the beheading of hostages, including Malaysian Bernard Thien, were among those killed in the intensified offensive.

Among those that intelligence sources believe have been killed are Idang Susukan and Majan Sahidjuan, also known as Apo Mike, while many others are now on the run as the Philippine military closes in on them.

Apo Mike, Idang and his brother Atai are among 23 Filipino nationals who are on the Eastern Sabah Security Command’s (Esscom) wanted list.

The suspects’ known names and pictures were made public last November in a bid to capture the criminals believed to be behind a series of cross-border kidnappings in Sabah’s east coast.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jong-nam murder: VIP wanted by the police

A VIP is among several individuals being tracked down by police to assist in the murder probe of Kim Jong-nam, says Malaysia’s top cop.

However, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar declined to reveal details on those still on the police wanted list.

He said the individuals could be North Koreans but refused to name the VIP.

“I can’t reveal much but there are few more individuals we are after, apart from the three North Koreans who are believed to be holed up at their embassy in Kuala Lumpur,” he said after launching a donation drive for retired policemen in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebration at Taming Sari here on Sunday.

Raja Bomoh says he's been protecting Malaysia for 70 years!

SINGAPORE - The efforts by a self-styled Bomoh King of the World to find the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane and to save Malaysia from a North Korean invasion with coconuts and bamboo cannons have catapulted him into the limelight and raised mocking laughter.

But Ibrahim Mat Zin, in all seriousness, claims that he has in fact been protecting Malaysia from harm for seven decades - from even before the country's independence.

Man endures 12 hours of pain with ring stuck on penis

GEORGE TOWN - A man had to ensure pain for almost 12 hours after a ring got stuck on his penis since 8pm yesterday.

The man, in his 20s, was later rushed to the Penang Hospital for treatment.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel were called to remove the ring at the hospital at about 10.50am today after the hospital failed to remove the ring.

Operations commander from the Perak Road fire station Mohd Asrul Naim Abidin said firemen managed to remove the ring in 10 minutes.

Police manhunt for Myanmar man for killing his employer

JOHOR BAHRU - The Johor police are hunting for a Myanmar national who fled after killing his employer at a food stall at Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir here.

Johor Bahru district police chief ACP Sulaiman Salleh said the 26-year-old suspect was working as a waiter at the stall.

The murdered employer was also the cook, aged 32, he said in a statement.

Duterte declares ceasefire with communist rebels

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effective immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace talks.

In his first state of the nation address before Congress, Duterte said he wanted a "permanent and lasting peace" before the end of his six-year term, which commenced on June 30. The ex-city mayor, who built a name for his tough, crime-busting style, also focused on his battle against illegal drugs, threatening drug dealers anew with death.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Frustration Mounts Over Malaysia's Inaction in Case of Missing Pastor

It's been over a month since Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted by masked men, and frustration continues to mount over the seeming lack of concern displayed by the Malaysian government.

In a statement released earlier this week, the Malaysian Bar Council said it was troubled by the "little headway" that police have made in locating the missing pastor.

"The Malaysian Bar is troubled by the continued failure and inability of the police to locate and secure the safe release of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo," said Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru. "Although a month has passed since the abduction, the police appear to have made little headway in locating the missing pastor and/or apprehending his abductors."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Solidarity Run Promotes Health and Unity in Kota Belud

KOTA KINABALU - “The Solidarity Run is not only a healthy activity for the participants but it has strengthened the unity amongst the members of Gabungan Sabah or United Sabah Alliance (USA) in Kota Belud as well as help outreach to the people in Kota Belud generally” said Rubbin Guribah, the Organising Chairman of the Larian Solidariti Kota Belud to be held on Saturday, 18th March 2017 in Piasau, Kota Belud.

The Solidarity Run over 7km, with 6km for veterans aged 50 years and above, to be held in Kg. Piasau is being organised by USA Kota Belud comprising of all 5 parties, SAPP, PCS, Parti Harapan Rakyat, PPRS and Star.

The entry fee is RM50 per participant and each will get a goodies bag including a T-shirt, souvenir medal, certificate of participation and lucky draw coupon.   Cash and other prizes await the winners of the four (4) categories, Open and Veteran (Men and Women) while separate prizes are reserved for the lucky draw. 

‘To marry girl to rapist is to disregard statutory rape law’

Society should not underplay the enormity of the crime of statutory rape by allowing or encouraging marriage to the perpetrator, says Joint Action Group for Gender Equality.

To say it is in the best interests of an underage girl who is pregnant out of wedlock to marry the person who impregnated her is to disregard the law on statutory rape, says Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).

Dr Jeffrey shocked and disappointed being barred from entering Sarawak

KOTA KINABALU - Shocked and disappointed was how Sabah Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan described his feeling after being barred from entering Sarawak.

"I was shocked to be unable to go into Sarawak, they looked at my passport for quite a while and asked me to come to the office and told me that I was not allowed to go in.

"So I asked on whose order, to which they replied that it was orders from the State Government and when I asked them the reason, they said they do not know.

Chaos at consular mobile service

KOTA KINABALU - About 500 Filipinos who gathered yesterday outside a hall in Inanam for their turns to apply for renewal of travel documents and obtain other services provided by a consular team from the Philippine Embassy allegedly became unruly when they were forced to wait for hours under the scorching sun.

Two policemen arrived at Dewan KPYSB in Taman Bakti Ikhlas, Inanam about 9.15am when the situation threatened to degenerate into chaos as many among the big crowd allegedly refused to budge when told by a consular official to queue up properly.

PAS and rotan, rotan, rotan

COMMENT Not tired of proposing that pregnant women who conceive out-of-the wedlock be flogged, the PAS Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad ups the ante by recommending that drug addicts be similarly lashed to “put fear into them to stop taking drugs (The Star, 17 Mar 2017).”

PAS should explain how, despite the enforcement of hudud by the Taliban regime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates opium production in Afghanistan rose 43 percent in 2016?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dr Jeffrey: Resign for Failure to Uphold Federal Constitution

KOTA KINABALU - “It is sad to see Sabah BN leaders self-degrading themselves and mislead Sabahans that Sabah are not discriminated by the federal government just to prop up the federal government and curry favour with their political masters in Malaya. It is a huge lie to say that Sabah is not discriminated by the federal government and Malayan leaders,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Assemblyman for Bingkor, in response to statements on the issue being reported in the media and viralled in social media.

Catamaran owner, two others charged with negligence

KOTA KINABALU - The owner of the catamaran that capsized, killing four Chinese tourists, has been charged with negligence not amounting to culpable homicide in the Sessions Court here.

It is among the charges slapped on the vessel owner, her son and skipper in the wake of the Chinese New Year tragedy in which five people remain missing and 22 survived.

Chung Ket Siew @ Chung Siaw Ping, 64, the director of Golden Sailing Travel Tour and Car Rental, is accused of allowing her son Leong Vin Jee, the company operations director, to use the vessel in such a way as to endanger human life.

Keeping a date with cops

KOTA KINABALU - Six political leaders from opposition parties were called in to have their statements recorded for various reasons at the Karamunsing police station, Wednesday.
Former Chief Minister cum Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said he was initially called in about the June 6 memorial service at the Double Six Monument in Sembulan last year.

Red notice issued by Interpol for four North Koreans involved in Jong-nam's murder

PUTRAJAYA - Police have obtained an Interpol red notice for the arrest of four North Koreans believed to be involved in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"We have obtained the red notice for the four North Korean men who were at the airport during the incident.

"We believe they have since left for Pyongyang. We are hoping to get them through Interpol," he told reporters at a function here on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Malayan politics and deception

Malaysian politics is full of suspense and unpredictables. The positions of DAP and MCA have been swapped in under four short years!

During the 2013 general elections, DAP came under the attack of MCA and other rival parties for its alliance with PAS. But with Umno now engaging the Islamist party, it is DAP's turn to fire at MCA.

In GE13, DAP's "Ubah" slogan and PAS' welfare state camouflage seemed to resonate with the local Chinese community and the voters' support of the opposition camp was hardly affected. But, with PAS' true colors now completely revealed and the RUU355 amendment bill about to be put up for debate in the Dewan Rakyat, MCA will have no way of defending itself this time.

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint naval drills

SEOUL - A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Wednesday (March 15) for joint military exercises, the US Navy said, in the latest show of force against the North.

The USS Carl Vinson berthed in the southern port of Busan as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a tour of the region, where tensions have spiked in recent weeks with missile launches from the nuclear-armed North and the brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia.

Bar Council: Continued failure of police to nab abductors eroded public confidence in criminal justice system

PETALING JAYA - The Malaysian Bar Council is troubled by the "little headway" that police have made in locating missing Pastor Raymond Koh and apprehending his abductors.

"The Malaysian Bar is troubled by the continued failure and inability of the police to locate and secure the safe release of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo," said Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru in a statement Tuesday.

Man charged with extortion, had no links to Pastor Raymond's abduction

PETALING JAYA - A seemingly opportunistic bid to extort RM30,000 from abducted Pastor Raymond Koh's family has landed a man in court here.

Lam Chang Nam, a 31-year-old part-time Uber driver, was accused of demanding the sum from Koh's son, Jonathan, at Paradigm Mall at 9.46pm on March 6 in order to secure the pastor's release.

He pleaded not guilty today to a charge under Section 385 of the Penal Code that was read out at the Petaling Jaya Magistrates' Court.

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf group kills Vietnamese sailor

Abu Sayyaf group seized 6 Vietnamese sailors on Feb. 19 near southern province of Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Daesh-linked terrorists shot and killed one of the Vietnamese sailors they kidnapped off the Pearl Bank near the southern province of Tawi-Tawi over three weeks ago, an army official said Tuesday.

The Abu Sayyaf group seized the six sailors on Feb. 19 after killing one of the crew members aboard the cargo vessel.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hard disks, a desktop computer and laptop stolen from Parti Cinta Sabah offices

KOTA KINABALU - Hard disks and laptops containing important political information were stolen from Parti Cinta Sabah’s head office at the Nountun Industrial Estate near here.

PCS president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing’s corporate officer located on the second floor of the same building was also broken into.

The incident was believed to have occurred late Monday.

Don't spread lies that I'm a BN puppet: Lajim

BONGAWAN - Harapan Rakyat (HR) Party President Datuk Lajim Ukin (pic) has challenged critics to show proof that the party led by him is a "puppet" for the Barisan Nasional (BN) by splitting votes and help it win.

He said the accusations were deliberately hurled by a local opposition party led by a former Umno leader who seeks to undermine the influence of HR in Sabah.

Sabah Immigration officer among others held for IS link

An Immigration officer was among seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who were arrested in Sabah and at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from last Wednesday to Sunday.

The woman officer is alleged to have arranged for militants to travel without valid documents to Sabah before heading to southern Philippines.

The others included three Filipinos with permanent resident status.

N.Korea offers to swap Malaysian hostages for murder suspects hiding In Embassy

North Korea in a bizarre twist to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam has offered to swap nine Malaysian hostages in Pyongyang for two North Korean suspects who are stuck in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the Oriental Daily News in Malaysia on Saturday, the North made the offer in unofficial negotiations with a Malaysian diplomat in Pyongyang over the Feb. 13 killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

SAPP: Melanie has better understanding of autonomy issue

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) supreme councillor member John Stephen sprang to the defence of party deputy president Melanie Chia, saying she has better understanding about the issue of autonomy for Sabah compared with State DAP leaders.

Responding to a remark by State Dap publicity secretary Phoong Jin Zhe on Chia's earlier statement, Stephen said DAP is merely trying to fish for votes by announcing to outline its autonomy plans for Sabah and Sarawak should Pakatan Harapan and its allies form the Federal Government.

He said never at any point did SAPP rejected the autonomy for Sabah as spelled out in the Malaysian Agreement 1963.

"Phoong should have been thankful for Chia's statement because it came from a local leader and one who has a wide experience on the issue and in State governance. She was only asking why the promise to the people of Sabah was made by DAP national leaders instead of its State leaders whose knowledge about the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is shallow," he said in a statement.