KUCHING: The leadership struggle in Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) has taken another dramatic turn as show-cause letters will be issued to 11 key supporters of Datuk Dr James Masing.
The 11 will be given 30 days to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for allegedly campaigning against the party's Barisan Nasional candidates in the recent parliamentary elections or their involvement in the formation of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), said party acting president Datuk Daniel Tajem.
The decision was taken at a supreme council meeting chaired by Tajem at party headquarters here on Friday night.
The 11 include former party secretary-general and state Assistant Minister for Social Development and Urbanisation Dublin Unting and vice-president Datuk Sng Chee Hua.
Sng, who is seen as a key financer of Dr Masing's group, has also been suspended by the council with immediate effect.
The other nine are PRS pro tem president Sidi Munan, PRS pro tem secretary-general Henry Openg, treasurer-general Clement Eddy, Richard Wil, Munan Laja, Doris Sophia Broidie, former assemblyman Philimon Nuing, George Lagong and Mathew American Lidud.
Munan, Wil and Nuing are PBDS supreme council members.
“They have shown disloyalty to the party when it was in the throes of difficulties,” Tajem said after the meeting.
He said disciplinary action against the 11 might include expulsion from the party.
Munan had announced earlier this month that the application to register PRS would be withdrawn because Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had ordered PBDS to hold fresh elections after it was reinstated.
He said PRS was mooted after PBDS was deregistered in December to provide a “lifeboat” for its former members.
Tajem said he had withdrawn the appointment of Dr Masing, also state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, as a supreme council member as the latter did not recognise the validity of the council.
Similar appointments for Hulu Rajang MP Billy Abit Joo and businessman Sim Lai Ann have also been revoked.
Three new appointments to the council – newly elected Kanowit MP Aaron Dagang, Major (rtd) Bunsi Kasim and Christopher Suwa – have been made.
Tajem said the supreme council meeting earlier scheduled for next Saturday was brought forward due to the urgency of the situation.
None of Dr Masing’s men attended the meeting.
Tajem reaffirmed the legality of the supreme council which was recognised by the Home Ministry in its recent letter to the party’s secretary-general Stanley Ajang when it reinstated PBDS.
In an immediate reaction, Sng said that Friday's meeting chaired by Tajem had no authority to take any action against the 11.
He said witch-hunting and sackings would not create a conducive environment for a reconciliation in the party.