By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Nov 24: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has said it welcomes the apologies from Democratic Action Party (DAP) while it is not expecting an apology from DAP Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen.
Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was magnanimous for DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke to personally come down to Kuching to see Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“It is very good. This kind of gesture, especially when it comes from a big national party.
“I believe that this kind of gesture will go a long way to mend the relationship that has been strained all these years,” he told reporters in a doorstep interview at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.
For DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng to also issue a public apology, Abdul Karim said it was good as he was the one who created a lot of stress and anger among Sarawakians for his comments like “Sarawak will be bankrupt” and “Sarawak is not that good in managing the State” years ago.
While he is unsure what will be or happen after this, Abdul Karim said he is very sure that Sarawak Premier will reciprocate nicely.
“I believe so (to forgive and forget) as when people come with clean hands and good gestures, we cannot say we are not accepting the apology.
On whether GPS will demand an apology from Chong, Abdul Karim added: “The big boss has already apologised so I don’t think we have to be so petty (to need the apology from certain people). Enough lah. That’s how I look at it.” — DayakDaily