Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee has assured that his party will support and assist Datuk Liew Yun Fah in retaining the Merotai seat during the impending general election. Yong said if Barisan National (BN) renominates Liew as its Merotai candidate, it will not be a problem for SAPP to assist Liew, as the party has a division in the constituency. He was commenting on the statement by Kalabakan Umno chief Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Ghapur Salleh that Merotai should be returned to Umno, “SAPP understands that Liew is carrying out his duties very well in Merotai and he has a good performance record in serving the residents there after he was appointed as a minister. Hence, I hope Umno Kalabakan would not forget Liew’s services,” he said. “I feel that the ways used by Ghapur to regain Merotai for Umno are not proper; his harsh words in directly criticizing the BN assemblyman. Besides, Ghapur should not hang up the banner at a public place which states Umno wants Merotai back, especially during the Chinese New Year celebration,” Yong said. According to him, there is no need to hang up the banner, but he was not surprised by Ghapur’s action because the latter will argue and fight to gain seats especially during every election. “Our party understands the feelings of Liew in facing the treatment,” he said.