Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday accused the person behind Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB)’s statement which appeared in a local paper of sleeping.

“Whoever that person in PSB who issued the press statement… he is still sleeping and not aware of what is going on around him.

“Wake up from your slumber and address the more immediate problem of how to get food to be given to those affected by the movement control order (MCO) and how to improve the economy of the masses, etc.

“Do not talk about the 20 per cent oil royalty, UEC and others as yet as the rakyat (people) are still busy with the more immediate problem, Covid-19,” he said in response to the statement.

Abdul Karim, who is also the Youth and Sports Minister, further questioned the anonymity of the writer behind the statement.

“I doubt the statement came from the party’s president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh because as a veteran in Sarawak and Malaysia politics, he knows where his priority should be.

“He would not have commented on something political when the world including Malaysia is plagued with the more urgent issue of Covid-19,” he continued.

On Saturday, PSB issued a statement saying that GPS had failed to deliver anything for Sarawak despite its role as kingmaker which allowed Perikatan Nasional to assume Putrajaya.

It questioned why the 20 per cent of oil royalty, matters relating to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and nationwide recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) had not yet materialised.