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Friday, January 19, 2018

Gabungan Sabah leaders questioned over walkabout

KOTA KINABALU - Three opposition leaders had their statements recorded yesterday by police over a walkabout programme held in Sepanggar last year.

They were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Party Harapan Rakyat Sabah (HR) deputy president Ashim Jamat and STAR information chief Jeffrey Kumin.

The event was organised by Gabungan Sabah, a coalition of state-based parties, at Sulaman, Salut, Indah Permai and Kingfisher on December 9, 2017.

Yong, when met at the Karamunsing police station yesterday, said he was shocked to be called by the police to give his statement as there had been no offence committed.

“The police asked if we (Gabungan Sabah) had obtained a permit to organise the walkabout. I was shocked because throughout my 33 years in politics, one did not need to get permit for a walkabout.

“There was also no offence committed on that day (Dec 9, 2017) as there was no assembly, no speeches made and no banners were raised.

“If the authority claimed that a permit was required for a walkabout programme, then I would like to ask them if there was a permit issued for today’s (yesterday) walkabout being held in Dongonggon, Penampang.

Yong was referring to the walkabout programme in Dongonggon, Penampang by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Meanwhile, Yong said police also requested for his statement regarding the ‘Black Sunday’ assembly that was held at Taman Chong Thian Voon here in March last year.

“I told the investigating officer that I could not remember much as the event had happened quite some time ago,” he said, adding that he was surprised as he was initially told to give his statement regarding the walkabout in Sulaman.

“All of a sudden they asked me about Black Sunday, which took place some time in March last year.

“The event took place about 10 months ago, why are they only investigating it now?” he asked. - BP

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