DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke has apologised to the people and government of Sarawak in an attempt to convince GPS to change its mind and back Pakatan Harapan (PH) as the coalition continues its search for the majority needed to form the government.
"I have informed the premier that if there is any statement ever made by any DAP leader that offends the government and the people of Sarawak, I on behalf of DAP make a public apology.
"I hope today's meeting will open a new chapter to build understanding and cooperation for the sake of a more developed and progressive Malaysia," Loke said after meeting Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg today.
Loke travelled to Sarawak as Malay rulers gather at Istana Negara for a meeting called by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is seeking their views to break an impasse over the appointment of the prime minister.
GPS has committed 23 seats alongside six from neighbouring GRS to Muhyiddin Yassin, giving the Perikatan Nasional chairman the edge over PH's 82 seats alongside possible additions from independent MPs as well as Warisan's three seats.
GPS leaders have repeatedly said they will not cooperate with PH, citing statements made against the Sarawak government when the coalition held federal power after the 2018 election.
In 2019, then DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who was also the finance minister famously said that Sarawak under GPS would go bankrupt in three years, a statement defended by state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen earlier this year.