A Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member today criticised Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen for calling it a waste of money for the state to celebrate Merdeka Day.
Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah urged Chong to think as a Malaysian and not only a Sarawakian, after the latter suggested that the state government discontinue state-level celebrations of the national day.
“Chong should shows his patriotism to Malaysia and not utter views which would divide the country,” he said when asked to respond to the Bandar Kuching federal lawmaker’s statement yesterday.
“He is a Malaysian federal lawmaker and state lawmaker as well as a lawyer and would be able to know how Malaysia was formed.”
The Sarawak assistant minister of housing added that he was surprised by the pettiness of Chong’s argument that the state should only celebrate Malaysia Day as that was when it joined the federation.
He added that the country’s founding fathers, including those who signed the Malaysia Agreement 1963, would not have wanted to see Malaysians divided over such an issue.
Karim further pointed out that Malaysia Day was originally intended for August 31, but was foiled by the Philippines’ claim on Sabah and Indonesia’s on Sarawak.
“The date of the formation of Malaysia had to be deferred to September 16, 1963 while awaiting a decision on the subject matter from United Nations,” he said.