There had been so many cases in the past where the apologies were clearly insincere and were offered just as an excuse for the offenders to escape sanctions against themselves.
They were akin to this kind of apology - Apa? Muka engkau sakit kena penampar aku tadi? Sorry la, tapi tak kan macam tu pun sakit?
However, when I read the report about Buddhist chief high priest K Sri Dhammaratana Nayake Maha Thera apologizing to Muslims over the Buddhists chanting in surau incident in Kota Tinggi, I feel that this time the apology was
“We would like to apologise to our Muslim brothers and sisters for the actions of a certain Buddhist group from Singapore in having their meditation session at the surau of a resort in Kota Tinggi,” he said in a statement today.
The pro-opposition Free Malaysia Today tried to get Dhammarstana to say something more which I suspect is to find excuse for the Buddhists involved in the incident, but he refused to do so.
And these were excerpts of what Dhammaratana said to FMT,
I think that was a sincere enough apology. I also believe that the incident was caused more by ignorance rather than a malicious attempt to insult Muslims and their religion.
Buddhist chief high priest K Sri Dhammaratana Nayake Maha Thera and would like to put on record here that I bear no grudges against Buddhists including those involved in the incident.