More want Moggie to continue leading PBDS


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003

KUCHING: The call is getting louder for Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie to drop his retirement decision and continue to lead the rural-based party. 

Sixty-one branches from Betong, Saratok, Meradong, Sarikei and Sibu passed a resolution at a meeting at Rumah Dayak in Saratok over the weekend urging Moggie to reconsider his decision, saying that the party and country still need his services. 

The branches, however, agreed that in the event that Moggie insisted on retirement, they would nominate deputy president Datuk Daniel Tajem and treasurer-general and Julau MP Joseph Sallang to contest the president and deputy president posts respectively. 

Party supreme council member and state assemblyman Gabriel Adit, who attended the meeting, said the party’s top two posts should be filled by Dayaks and that it would not be acceptable to have a non-Dayak to hold either the president or deputy president post. 

Moggie, who is Energy, Communication and Multimedia Minister, announced early last year that he would not seek re-election in the party’s September election after being at the helm for 20 years. 

Party secretary-general Stanley Ajang said recently that Moggie had been persuaded to continue leading the party.  

In the meantime, the alliance of party information chief Datuk Dr James Masing and vice-president Datuk S’ng Chee Hua has also received more backing that they run for the president and deputy president posts respectively. 

At last count, about 110 of the 206 branches have made their stand to back the Masing-S’ng team. 

Dr Masing, who is also state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, has yet to make known if he would accept nomination for the presidency. 

The president post has never been contested since PBDS was formed in 1983 by a breakaway group from Sarawak National party (SNAP).  

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