Tajem hopes to patch up with Masing


  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Jul 2003

BY JACK WONG, JANE RITIKOS AND STEPHEN THEN

KUCHING: New Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) president Datuk Daniel Tajem is waiting for his rival Datuk Dr James Masing to make the first move towards reconciliation. 

“They (Dr Masing’s faction) did send people to see me, someone whom I may not be able to discuss something seriously with. 

“l want somebody who is really serious in his undertaking to come and see me, and probably with a view of initiating any meeting or anything on how to patch up,” he told reporters yesterday. 

Tajem, also a former deputy chief minister, earlier took his oath of office before the party’s permanent chairman, Datuk Edmund Langgu, at Santubong Resort near here. 

Deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang, three vice-presidents – Mej (Rtd) Peter Runin, Gabriel Adit and Jawah Gerang – and 15 other supreme council members were later sworn in before Tajem. 

Belaga assemblyman Stanley Ajang has been re-appointed the party’s secretary-general and Paul Kadang its information chief. 

Tajem said he had sent an “olive leaf” to Dr Masing’s faction to sort out differences but had not received a response. 

“The door is open for reconciliation but the ball is now in the other court,” he said. 

To another question, Tajem said if he decided to send someone to talk to Dr Masing, also state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, it would be with the consent of the supreme council. 

In Miri, Dr Masing blamed Moggie’s abrupt resignation which he said had denied party members the chance to pick their choice for the next president. 

Dr Masing, who was declared the new party president in Bintulu last Thursday by his faction which did not recognise Tajem’s presidency, said Moggie had broken an earlier promise he made to resign only after the triennial delegates conference. 

“When Moggie announced his resignation before the conference, he paved the way for Tajem (who was then deputy president) to take over the top post just like that. 

“This was the thing that hurt us the most because it denied us the chance to choose who we want as president,” he told some 1,200 PBDS members on Friday at a dinner function. 

Dr Masing held the dinner with divisional leaders and members from his group to explain his side of the story.  

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