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By Nigel Edgar
KUCHING, April 25: Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Sarawak publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa today urged Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to refrain from using unsavoury words when criticising the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
He said it was unbecoming for Abang Johari to utter words like ‘paloi’ or ‘buruk siku’ as they reflected poorly on his image as the state’s chief executive.
“My humble advice, as a Sarawakian, to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, as a person holding the august House of Sarawak, is to refrain from using the words ‘paloi’, ‘buruk siku’ and many others because such connotations does not reflect his status as chief minister,” said Abdul Aziz after handing over some contributions to SJK (C) Chung Hua Batu Kawa here.
Abang Johari is known to jest up his speeches to amuse the audience at functions. For instance, he recently criticised the federal government for being ‘buruk siku’, which is a Malay phrase meaning taking back something that had already been given.
Abang Johari was referring to funds to build bridges in the state as well as to repair and rebuild dilapidated schools in the state. The money was approved by the previous government but was cancelled by the Mahathir administration.
Meanwhile, former MP Julian Tan, who was also present, expressed his disappointment with certain quarters for trying to sour Sarawak-Peninsular Malaysia ties for political purposes.
He appealed to Sarawakians to ignore such sentiments and to just focus on moving forward towards a better Malaysia under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
Tan said after so many decades under the Barisan Nasional (BN) regime, it was time to put an end to the politics of hate and appreciate what PH had done for the people thus far.
“We can see that for the past one year, the PH government has done so much, especially in building a strong foundation in our economics. I am confident that in the next three to five years, we will see a big difference or big progress, especially in our economic strength,” said Tan.
Earlier, Tan and Abdul Aziz represented Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen to present five LCD projectors to SJK (C) Chung Hua Batu Kawa for the benefit of the pupils.
The school has 179 students, 15 teachers and six classrooms, from Primary 1 to Primary 6. — DayakDaily