Sabah Progressive Party

The Sabah Progressive Party (Malay: Parti Progresif Sabah, abbreviated SAPP) is a multiracial political party based in Sabah, Malaysia. It was registered on 21 January 1994 by dissidents led by former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee from United Sabah Party (PBS). Formerly a component party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, SAPP officially withdrew from BN in September 2008 to become independent.[1] As of 2010, SAPP has two representatives in the national legislature and two in the Sabah State Assembly. In 2016, the party together with Homeland Solidarity Party (STAR) forming the United Sabah Alliance (USA).[2]

Sabah Progressive Party
Chinese name沙巴进步党 Shābā jìnbù dǎng
Malay nameParti Progresif Sabah
PresidentYong Teck Lee
Secretary-GeneralRichard Yong We Kong
SpokespersonChong Pit Fah
Deputy PresidentAmde Sidik
Melanie Chia Chui Ket
Edward Dagul
Youth ChiefJamain Sarudin
Women ChiefChia Miu Lee
FounderYong Teck Lee
Founded21 January 1994
HeadquartersH 1115, Lorong Kelengkeng 1, Taman Antarabangsa, Likas Park, Jalan Tuaran, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Youth wingSAPP Youth Movement
Women's wingSAPP Women's Movement
National affiliationBarisan Nasional (1994–2008)
United Sabah Alliance (2016–2018)
United Alliance (2018-
Colours     Yellow, green and blue
Dewan Negara:
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Dewan Rakyat:
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Sabah State Legislative Assembly:
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Withdrawal from Barisan Nasional

The SAPP won two parliamentary seats in the general election held on 8 March 2008. After the 2008 election, there were calls by many Sabahan political parties for more autonomy from the Malaysian federal government.

SAPP President Yong Teck Lee announced on 18 June 2008 that the party would file a "no-confidence motion" in the Dewan Rakyat on 23 June against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, calling on him to step down. The party, criticising what it described as insensitivity on the part of the government towards issues in Sabah, said that it was taking advantage of a unique "window of opportunity" for the sake of Sabah interests, including autonomy, return of Labuan and 20% of oil revenues.[3][4] The majority of the Sabah population are generally content with the SAPP no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Abdullah who has been accused a number of wrongdoings including corruption and abuse of power. In retaliation for calling for a vote of no-confidence against Abdullah, the BN supreme council issued a show-cause letter to SAPP.[5] A 30-day period was to give SAPP a chance to reply and defend itself before BN took any action against them.[6]

On 17 September 2008, SAPP quit Barisan Nasional.[7] Nevertheless, the decision came at a price as the party's deputy president, one of its vice-presidents,[8] and its youth chief (who chose to remain within the BN fold) all opposed the move and withdrew from the party.[9] Some 2,000 members of the party similarly disagreed from the move and left the party, showing support for these dissident leaders.[10]

Forming the United Sabah Alliance

In 2016, the party formed a part of the United Sabah Alliance (USA).[2]

See also


  1. Muguntan Vanar; Ruben Sario (18 September 2008). "SAPP pulls out of Barisan". The Star. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  2. "Gabungan Sabah, perpaduan parti parti pembangkang tempatan yang dinantikan sekian lama" (in Malay). Sabah Progressive Party. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. "SAPP's vote of no confidence against PM (Update 2)". The Star. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  4. "SAPP sticking to no-confidence stand". The Star. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  5. "Show-cause letter may be issued to SAPP". The Star. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  6. Shahanaaz Habib; Florence A. Samy; Manjit Kaur (27 June 2008). "SAPP gets show-cause letter". The Star. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  7. Jalil Hamid; Faisal Aziz; Liau Y-Sing; David Chance; Jeremy Laurence (17 September 2008). "Malaysia party quits coalition; PM cedes key post". Reuters. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  8. Muguntan Vanar; Ruben Sario (18 September 2008). "SAPP pulls out of Barisan". The Star. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  9. "15 out of 17 SAPP branches in Sandakan opt to follow Tan in staying with Barisan". The Star. 21 September 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  10. "2,000 SAPP Members Quit Party". Bernama. Sin Chew Daily. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
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