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Let's move on, DAP responds to Umno Youth's apology demand

The party's secretary-general Anthony Loke calls on party leaders and members to let go of the past and commit to working together.

Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli
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DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke. Photo: Bernama
DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke. Photo: Bernama

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke has brushed off Umno Youth chief Muhamad Akmal Saleh's demand for an apology, instead urging all parties in the coalition government to "move on" from old disputes.

Loke said that although the party respects Akmal's views, he agrees with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's mandate, calling on all parties to forget the past.

"If we continue to debate past issues, it will never end.

"The government was formed six months ago and so far, there have been no issues of disharmony among parties," he told reporters at the 2023 Umno general assembly today.

Akmal, during the closing session of the Umno Youth delegates' conference yesterday, called on DAP to apologise for its past statements and allegations against the Malay party.

Zahid then defused the demand, saying that DAP does not need to apologise to Umno.

In the days following the formation of the coalition government, Loke flew to Sarawak to apologise to Gabungan Parti Sarawak over past remarks that may have offended the party members.

The Seremban MP added that all parties need to be magnanimous and focus on the challenges faced by the coalition government.

Akmal had previously said that his wing would not invite other parties to its delegates' conference.

However, leaders of the Pakatan Harapan coalition and other component parties attended the Umno general assembly being held at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, upon invitation from the party.