KUCHING: A police report has been lodged against Datuk Dr James Masing for allegedly misusing his power as state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister.
Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) vice-president Gabriel Adit, who lodged the report at the Sekama police station yesterday, accused Dr Masing of instructing the withdrawal of an approval given to the party to hold a gathering at the Sibu Civic Centre here on Saturday.
I have checked all the facts and it is clear that he (Dr Masing) had instructed his ministrys official to withdraw the approval for the use of the civic centre, said Adit, who is the organising chairman of the gathering.
Dr Masing, the former PBDS information chief, is heading a faction against Datuk Daniel Tajem, a former Deputy Chief Minister.
Both claim to be the legitimate president of the PBDS.
Energy, Communication and Multimedia Minister and former PBDS president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie was scheduled to address the gathering which has now been moved to Moggies 30-door longhouse in Kanowit.
Adit, the state assemblyman for Ngemah, said he would lodge a similar complaint against Dr Masing with the state Anti-Corruption Agency.
Deputy youth chief aligned to Tajem's group Anthony Nais said in a statement that PBDS should not be denied the use of civic centres in the state.