PBDS rivals to hold separate meetings


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Jul 2003

By JACK WONG

KUCHING: The Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) has plunged into further confusion as rival groups are expected to hold gatherings to show their political strength in Bintulu today. 

A police report had been lodged regarding notices on the venue of the party's youth and women's wing triennial delegates conference (TDC), which aimed at confusing the members. 

About 1,600 grassroots leaders, led by former information chief Datuk Dr James Masing, are expected at the gathering – the first after Masing’s rival Datuk Daniel Tajem was declared as the party’s uncontested new president by the credentials committee two weeks ago. 

“Something big will come out of the gathering,” said a Masing loyalist.  

The party’s Youth and Wanita leaders and members, aligned to Masing, will hold a separate gathering in Bintulu today to show their support for him.  

Joseph Entulu, who considers himself still the party’s Youth leader, said about 350 youth executive committee members, delegates and observers would attend the wing's gathering. 

“Out of the 20 youth exco members (elected in the 2000 TDC for a three-year term), 18 of them are with me,” he said.  

Entulu, also state Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, said his group did not recognise the youth’s new line-up announced recently by credentials committee chairman Datuk Dr Jawie Masing. 

Dr Jawie declared Christoper Gira as the new “uncontested” youth leader and Agnes Lia as the uncontested Wanita chief.  

Only eight youth branches were allowed to nominate candidates for the polls although the wing had 60 branches, said Entulu. 

At the Sekama police station here yesterday, PBDS secretary-general Stanley Ajang lodged a report regarding a notice that said the venue for the party's Youth and Wanita wings had been moved from the Kuching Park Hotel to the Bintulu Plaza Hotel today. 

 

The notice, sent to the branches, purportedly carried the signature of vice-president Datuk S’ng Chee Hua, who is aligned to Masing, said Ajang. 

 

Ajang, who is also Belaga assemblyman, told party members to attend only the TDC at the Kuching Park Hotel and Santubong Resort here for the main party gathering during the weekend.  

 

The Masing camp had sent a protest note to the Registrar of Societies over the secret manner in which the credentials committee had held the nomination for the party election where Tajem and his men were declared as part of the new line-up.  

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