KUCHING: The longhouse of former Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie in Kanowit has been picked as the venue for the launch of a statewide road show organised by his successor, Datuk Daniel Tajem, on Saturday.
The change in venue from the Sibu Civic Centre was made after approval for use of the centre was withdrawn.
Party vice-president Gabriel Adit said the party had received the approval on Aug 26, but that it was withdrawn four days later on the instruction of the Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry.
He said the ministry's principal secretary, Winston Bale, had told him that the minister, Datuk Dr James Masing, had ordered the withdrawal without giving any reason.
Dr Masing, who is former PBDS information chief, is heading a faction within the party.
Adit said Sibu Civic Centre chairman Datuk Dr Wong Soon Koh, who is also state Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister, explained that he could not help in the matter as the civic centre came under the purview of the Social Development Ministry.
As a member of the Sibu Civic Centre representing the PBDS, I am resigning from the post to protest Dr Masing's action.
This is pure sabotage, he said yesterday.
Adit said the gathering for 3,000 people was to explain to party grassroots leaders the developments in PBDS, its role in the Barisan Nasional and its preparations for the coming parliamentary elections.