KUCHING: Datuk Dr James Masing, leader of a faction in Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS), is looking forward to fresh elections in the party to resolve the leadership crisis.
He is glad that his repeated calls for the elections have finally been answered.
“At least my sentiments are shared by the top Barisan Nasional leadership,” Dr Masing said yesterday.
“Now, we can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Dr Masing, who was former party information chief, was commenting on Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s statement on Sunday that the reinstated PBDS would have to hold fresh elections as its current leadership line-up was not recognised.
Last month, the Home Minister reinstated the 21-year-old PBDS after its successful appeal against its deregistration by the Registrar of Societies last year.
The party had plunged into crisis after the resignation of president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie last June.
Dr Masing, also state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said he hoped the fresh elections could be held quickly.
Whoever wins the forthcoming elections should not be vindictive and expel party members from the rival group, he said yesterday after presenting the state flag to Sarawak’s 164-strong contingent at the Samarahan rehabilitation centre for the handicapped.
The contingent would be taking part in the coming national Paralympics in Kuala Lumpur.
Datuk Daniel Tajem, who leads the other faction, declined to comment on the fresh elections.
Meanwhile, promoters of Parti Rakyat Sarawak will withdraw its application for registration in view of the latest development in PBDS.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak pro tem president Sidi Munan said it was now superfluous to pursue the registration of a new party.
“It appears that PBDS might be fully restored after its forthcoming triennial delegates conference,” he said.
Munan, a PBDS supreme council member who is aligned to Dr Masing, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak was mooted months ago to provide a “lifeboat” for PBDS members following the deregistration.