DAP extends olive branch to GPS

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke says the meeting at Abang Johari’s house in Kuching this morning was cordial. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 24, 2022.

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke today extended an olive branch to Sarawak Premier and leader of the GPS coalition Abang Johari Openg to put a stop to the enmity between both parties.

In a statement, Loke said the meeting at Abang Johari’s house in Kuching this morning was cordial.

The DAP leader publicly apologised on behalf of the party for causing any offence to the Sarawak government or Sarawak folk previously.

“I informed the Sarawak premier that if there were any statements made by DAP leaders previously that offended the Sarawak government and people, I, representing DAP, apologise openly,” Loke said.

The DAP leader hoped this morning’s meeting with Abang Johari and Sarawak Deputy Premier Prof Sim Kui Hian would open a new page for Malaysia’s political landscape, towards building greater understanding and co-operation for the nation’s sake.

Tension between GPS and DAP started during the Pakatan Harapan administration when then finance minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng cancelled several mega projects in the state.

“When DAP came to power after the 2018 general election, they immediately embarked on a campaign to make Sarawak pay,” a GPS leader told The Malaysian Insight.

“They tried to stunt our growth, kill the state’s development when they started cancelling contracts for major infrastructure projects worth millions of ringgit.”

He said this was one of the main reasons why, in the hours after Saturday’s polls, the coalition had said it was aligning itself with Perikatan Nasional, adding that it rejected DAP outright. – November 24, 2022.

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