Tiong urged to apologise personally in Parliament

Picture from the New Sarawak Tribune

By John Isaac

THOUGH he has already issued a written apology, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing must apologise in person in Parliament, said Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.

Dr Yii said the apology was long time coming after the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president initially resisted apologising for insinuating that Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was “afraid of death”.

“I feel that since it was uttered in Parliament, he must also apologise in person in Parliament to set the record straight,” he said in a Facebook post which was reported in the New Sarawak Tribune.

Earlier on Sunday, the Bintulu MP issued a statement to apologise for his remark in Parliament last week when debating on the 2021 Budget.

This came after mounting pressure from fellow MPs, political parties, netizens and public at large — with some even suggesting that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sack him as the Special Envoy to China.

The government lawmaker’s remarks in Parliament drew condemnation from the opposition and resulted in the ejection of two Democratic Action Party (DAP) MPs, RSN Rayer and Lim Lip Eng over the next two days.

Tiong later said he “did not intend to maliciously target” Dr Noor Hisham.

Dr Yii said the general public needed to recognise the contribution given by the health workers and frontliners in ensuring the safety of the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Even with their own imperfections, the director-general and all frontliners have given so much and sacrificed a lot to keep us safe and protected.

“And for that we must show our utmost appreciation and gratitude,” he said.