'DAP wants public apology' - Ong Kian Ming tells Khairy over property damage at party HQ

PETALING JAYA: DAP has refused to accept Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin's apology, insisting that it should be made public. 

"We want a public apology, a private message is not an indication of him taking responsibility for what happened," DAP’s Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming said when contacted on Friday.

It was reported earlier that Khairy had apologised to Ong for damaged property caused by his members who protested outside the DAP headquarters on Thursday.

Confirming this, Ong said the Youth and Sports Minister conveyed his apologies to him via direct message on Twitter and had offered to pay for a replacement of the damaged signage.

"It is true, he private messaged me. It reads, 'the lads got carried away. Apologies for the sign and I will have it replaced. Please inform your party'," said Ong, reading the message. 

"I give an example, if Khairy feels it is acceptable (to apologise privately), does that mean it is acceptable for DAP members to go to Umno headquarters to damage the Umno signage and later private message the prime minister?

"I don't think he would think that is acceptable," said Ong.

The Umno Youth had staged two separate protests against Penang DAP's Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer over the Umno celaka remark.

On Thursday, Federal Territories Umno Youth had gathered outside the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, and allegedly threatened to burn the building and damaged the signboard.

On Wednesday, Penang Umno Youth had barged into the Penang legislative assembly to look for Rayer, who was not around.

The protests were triggered when Rayer reportedly accused several Penang Umno leaders of playing with racial sentiments during a demonstration. 

Rayer, however, refused to apologise for his remark. He claimed the word celaka only meant "damn it" was not calling Umno leaders haram jadah.