KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders’ open apology to Sarawak is a good gesture towards the people here.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when met by reporters, said it’s magnanimous for DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke to come over to Sarawak.
“It is very good with that kind of gesture especially when it comes from a big national party people to come down to the state and see our Premier,” he said at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.
The Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts was asked on his opinion regarding Loke and DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng’s apology to the Sarawak government and its people if they had ever been hurt by the party’s statements.
Yesterday morning, Loke had paid a courtesy call on Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Open at his residence. Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian was also present.
Abdul Karim stated that Guan Eng did the right thing in apologising to the state government and its people.
“It’s something very good. I believe that (this) kind of gesture will go a long way to mainstream the relationship that has happened all these years.
“I do not know what will be after that but this is something good from Guan Eng as he was the one who created tensions, stress, and anger towards Sarawakians for the statement he made that Sarawak will be bankrupt.
“For him to come up with a statement to apologise is something very good and I am very sure our Premier will reciprocate nicely to this,” he said.
Asked whether GPS will forgive and forget DAP’s previous treatment of Sarawak, he hoped that it will definitely be.
“Because when people come with a clean hand and good gesture, we cannot say we do not want to accept an apology,” he said.