We don’t make defamatory, baseless accusations, PBB leader tells Chong

Datuk Idris Buang ... matured and united lawmakers

KUCHING, Sept 30: Defamation and making spiteful statements to gain political mileage is not the culture of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders, says Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang.

“It is not our culture to make defamatory or baseless accusations to gain political mileage. However, that seems to be what Chong has been doing.

“Over the years, again and again, Chong hurled allegations against the Sarawak government and got away with it. He needs to realise that he is now reaping what he sowed,” Idris told DayakDaily today.

Idris also told Chong (who is also Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chief and Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs) not to involve others in this matter because people in Sarawak talk with sense and do not simply make baseless accusations publicly.

He added that unlike Chong, GPS leaders would not be revengeful and spiteful.

“We are not going to be as egregious and spiteful as he was towards GPS or the Sarawak government, to the extent of even blatantly defaming the government.

“His assumption of GPS leaders being vengefully un-gentleman is obviously erroneous. Don’t assimilate others to your manner of doing things,” said Idris.

Idris was responding to Chong’s remarks reported yesterday, where he cautioned the state government that it might have a taste of its own medicine now that all governments may sue for defamation.

Chong said he would not misuse this principle of law but would direct it at GPS leaders because they were the ones who advocated the “wrong principle of the law”.

Chong said such a principle would not be applied to others, except to GPS leaders. — DayakDaily