Sabah CM tells SAPP to accept defeat gracefully


KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman has urged the opposition parties especially the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) to accept defeat in the recent Batu Sapi Parliamentary by-election gracefully.

“The opposition parties should accept defeat gracefully.

“After all, the general election is going to be held anytime,” he told reporters when met at the MIC Deepavali open house at the multipurpose hall of the Likas sport complex here yesterday.

Musa said that when asked on SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s statement on Saturday (Nov 6) that the party was weighing the option of filing an election petition.

Yong had said that his party had not decided whether or not to file a petition over the Batu Sapi by-election.

“We have not reached the stage where we have to make a decision.

“We have a few weeks to decide. After all, it has only been two days after the by-election,” he said.

He added that the SAPP would have to wait and to see what Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s Hj Ansari Abdullah was going to do.

“If Ansari were to file an election petition, we can provide all the evidence. We have lots of evidence. They are still coming in, in bits and pieces.”

Yong said that when referring to his claim of gross impropriety including ‘money politics’ committed by Barisan National (BN) during the campaigning and even after the campaign period ended.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the Deepavali celebration, Musa expressed his gratefulness to the people attending the MIC Deepavali open house.

“We celebrate the various festivities together and this reflects very strongly of the 1Malaysia concept,” he said.

Musa added that despite originating from different cultural and religious backgrounds, the people profoundly respected each other’s culture and religion resulting in continuous peace and harmony to the country and the people.