SIBU: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will make a declaration on Sept 16, which state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said would be historical and would give meaning to the Malaysia Day.
PR is not about to disclose the gist of the declaration, dubbed ‘The Kuching Declaration’.
Earlier press reports said the declaration would be signed by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, state PKR liaison chief Baru Bian, state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and Sarawak PAS commissioner Adam Ahid.
The declaration would be made during a gathering in Kuching.
Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when contacted yesterday said he had no idea what the declaration was about.
“It does smell of some ‘political do’. If Pakatan plans to hijack this date for a political do, I can only say here that I am disgusted,” he said.
Added Karim: “They have brought themselves so low to the extent of playing politics with our Independence Day…a day which we should put aside politics to celebrate and be proud of what we have achieved as a Free Independent Nation.”
Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development, said Malaysia Day was a significant day for Sarawakians and Sabahans.
“This is because that day marks our release from the clutch of colonialism. This is the day which we should be proud of as citizen of an Independent Free Malaysia and the day we should celebrate together as Malaysians irrespective of our political affiliations, religion or race.”