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Respect SAPP's Decision To Leave BN, Says Dompok

KOTA KINABALU: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the party respected Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) decision to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Dompok, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said this showed that democracy was very much alive in the country.

"It is democracy in action... people are free to form a party or form an association. SAPP chose to be out of BN and what is happening is an exercise of this democratic right."

"It is SAPP's right to do what they want to do," he told Bernama, here today.

SAPP left BN yesterday after more than 13 years in the coalition, citing as reason that the coalition had lost the "BN spirit".

Asked whether the SAPP's decision would affect the BN's strength, Dompok said, "Well I am not going to be arrogant to say that we are not affected at all when any member of our family ditches us".

"As far as we are concerned, the effect is not 'little'," he said.

On the statement by certain leaders in BN that SAPP was just a nuisance, Dompok said, "If people follow blindly what big component parties dictate, it is not good, not only for the BN but also for the country."

MySinchew 2008.09.18



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