KUCHING, June 5: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak has demanded an apology from Dato Idris Buang after the latter allegedly accused the party of being a United States-sponsored party that had received training from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to overthrow the Malaysian government.
Dato Idris, who is the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Information chief was believed to have made such statement in a 30-minute video uploaded on the ‘Kamek Miak Sarawak’ Facebook page dated May 29.
State PKR secretary Joshua Jabeng said the party was very disappointed with the defamatory remark against the party, stating that it has gone viral on social media.
“In the video, Dato Idris made baseless allegations against PKR that PKR was a US-sponsored party that had received training from the CIA to overthrow the Malaysian government.
“The insulting statement did not match his position as a senior leader of the State government.
“We understand his frustration with PKR member Iswardy Morni, but the emotional outburst that affects the party is like a pot calling the kettle black,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Joshua also said it was more appropriate for Dato Idris to urge GPS to withdraw its cooperation with Perikatan Nasional (PN).
On May 29, Dato Idris has uploaded the video as a rebuttal to Iswardy who had earlier criticised the State government for failing to address the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic apart from accusing the State government of being “arrogant” for not following the enforcement a “total lockdown” which had been implemented in Peninsular Malaysia effective June 1.
Idris stated that Iswardy’s action of using derogatory words and addressing the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as the State’s leader in an impolite manner on social media reflected his intention to incite hatred towards the government.
Therefore, a police report was lodged against Iswardy on the same day (May 29) for making an offensive remark against the Chief Minister. — DayakDaily