Just shut your mouth, Ab­dul Karim tells Ku Nan

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SIBU: Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rah­man Hamzah yes­ter­day slammed Barisan Na­sional ( BN) sec­re­tary- gen­eral Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor for sug­gest­ing Sarawak BN had failed to subscribe to the true spirit of com­rade­ship.

“Tengku Ad­nan is the last per­son who should talk about ‘com­rade­ship’. As Umno and BN sec­re­tary- gen­eral, he should ask whether com­po­nent par­ties in BN had been treated fairly and equally. He should just shut his mouth and be like other Umno lead­ers who un­der­stand why Sarawak ex-BN com­po­nent par­ties have to make this stand (of leav­ing BN),” he said.

Tengku Ad­nan has told the New Straits Times that he had ex­pected the Sarawak rul­ing par­ties to leave BN and there was noth­ing he could do about it.

“I ex­pected this to hap­pen, even though the spirit of com­rade­ship dic­tates that when we are down, all our friends should stay to­gether and fight for the cause, na­tion and the peo­ple. But since they chose that way (to leave), what can we do? We can­not do any­thing but we now know who is a friend and who is foe,” Tengku Ad­nan was quoted as say­ing.

In re­sponse, Ab­dul Karim, who is Asa­jaya assem­bly­man, said: “Di­vorce is al­ways painful and as what our Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg has said ... this de­ci­sion was made af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, re­flec­tion and dis­cus­sion. It is not an easy de­ci­sion.”

He pointed out that af­ter be­ing to­gether for 40 years, break­ing up is def­i­nitely painful.

The Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu (PBB) vice-pres­i­dent said: “But, Tengku Ad­nan and Umno must un­der­stand ... and able to swal­low ... that the rakyat’s ( peo­ple’s) re­jec­tion of BN is be­cause of the ex­cesses of Umno and some of its lead­ers ... who have lost their orig­i­nal strug­gle for the rakyat and na­tion and over­come with greed. Sarawak BN then sadly ‘kena tem­pias’ or tail ef­fect of all the ex­cesses and greed. Sarawak par­ties have to start anew and build up the con­fi­dence of the rakyat ... on our own. It might be dif­fi­cult, but we will pre­vail.”

Sarawak BN com­pris­ing PBB, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party and Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party de­cided to form a new state-based coalition called Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

GPS has yet to be reg­is­tered with the Registrar of Societies.

Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rah­man Hamzah

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