BN not likely to admit PBDS splinter group


  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Nov 2003

BY JANE RITIKOS

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional is not likely to admit Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), the splinter of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS), as forming a new party is not the way to solve internal conflicts, said Barisan secretary-general Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat. 

He said forming PRS would not solve the problems in PBDS, which is still waiting for the Registrar of Societies to decide on its status. 

“PBDS is still a Barisan component party and if a certain faction is not happy, they should solve their internal problems and not form another party, hoping the Barisan will accept them.  

“Don’t think it’s going to be that easy. We don’t encourage that kind of thing,” he said. 

“Barisan makes decisions on consensus including on applications to join the coalition. As PBDS is still a component party, I don’t think they will agree to PRS’ admission. So its highly unlikely,” he told The Star

He was commenting on supporters of the faction headed by Datuk Seri James Masing who applied to the ROS to form PRS. 

It was reported that the PRS pro tem committee is led by former PBDS supreme council member Sidi Munan with medical practitioner Dr Ong Lak Sai as pro tem deputy president, businessman Henry Opang Luhat as secretary-general, lawyer Clement Jamal Eddy as treasurer-general and lawyer Ernest Chua Khenh Hua as information chief.  

PBDS split into two factions following the retirement of Datuk Amar Leo Moggie as president. 

One faction is led by Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem and his men who were elected during the party’s triennial delegates conference (TDC) in July and the other by Masing, the former information chief, and his men who were elected by their supporters at their own TDC as leaders of their faction. 

Mohamed said Semangat '46 case was a good example of Barisan’s practice where members were only accepted back into the Barisan fold when the party was dissolved. 

He said that even if PRS members included the majority of PBDS’ wakil rakyat (Masing’s faction has nine out of 14 PBDS wakil rakyat), they could not claim the seats allocated to PBDS in the elections by contesting under the Barisan banner. 

Mohamed said there were already too many political parties in Sarawak and that “people are politicking all the time which is not good for the state.”  

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