KOTA KINABALU, April 17, 2018: A RM5,000 reward offer is paying off for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) that is seeking information about those involved in the doctoring and spreading of a video clip containing foul language to describe party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
The party has received further information about the origin of the 16-second video clip that had gone viral over social media last week, Yong said on Tuesday.
“The information that we have received so far point to Tawau as the starting point of this offensive clip,” he said.
Yong said he would personally turn over to the police all information SAPP had received about the matter.
“I would like to thank the public for sharing what they know about those involved in creating and spreading this doctored video clip,” he said.
“I believe this is a reflection of a responsible society in Sabah who are as disgusted as I am about any form of smearing campaign that is the culture of Malaya parties,” Yong added.
Yong had lodged a police report last Wednesday after a 16-second clip of him speaking at SAPP event but dubbed over with the voice of someone else describing him in foul language went viral over social media a day earlier.
He had urged the police to investigate the case thoroughly as it was similar to the smear campaign against him in the 2013 General Election. The culprit in the 2013 smearing was sued and had to retract his lies and to publicly apologise in the newspapers. But the damage to Yong has been done. The elections were over by then. In this latest case, Yong has also lodged a report with the Multimedia and Communications Commission.
On Friday, SAPP released a 1min 37 video clip showing the original video along with portions of the doctored clip.
Yong said the move was to show to the public the actual contents of the original video clip following numerous requests.
He said the move was also to show that SAPP was determined to counter such smear campaigns head on.
He said he felt encouraged when local community leaders including Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI), Datuk Michael Lui, and Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents chairman Datuk Winston Liaw had condemned such smear tactics.
Also condemning the smear campaign was United Sabah Chinese Community of Kota Kinabalu secretary general Datuk Wong Yit Ming.