Tajem's faction agrees splinter group not the answer

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Nov 2003

KUCHING: The Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) faction led by Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem has welcomed Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat’s statement that forming Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) was not the right way to resolve the party’s leadership dispute. 

Paul Kadang, the publicity chief of Tajem’s group, said PBDS agreed with Mohamed for three major reasons. 

Firstly, he said, PBDS had the capacity and mechanism to solve its own internal problems. 

“Secondly, the Barisan exists as a coalition of political and ethnic representations and it makes decisions on the basis of consensus. 

“Adventurism among its components, such as the formation of splinter groups, could lead to further politicking, create an unhealthy precedence and this could make the coalition less effective,” he said in a press statement on Monday. 

Thirdly, Kadang said, PBDS had sought to represent the voices of the native minorities at the federal level. 

“The Dayak community needs committed leaders who can work with other political parties and deliver the goods for the community.” 

Commenting on Sunday on an application by several PBDS members to form PRS, Mohamed said it was highly unlikely that the Barisan would accept the new party into its fold. 

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

One faction is being led by Tajem and his men, who were elected during the party’s triennial delegates conference (TDC) held in Kuching on July 26.  

Datuk Dr James Masing, the former information chief, and his men, who were elected at their own TDC held in Bintulu two days earlier, leads the other faction. 

The PRS pro tem committee is headed by Sidi Munan, an ally of Dr Masing.  

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