PBDS deregistered again


  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Oct 2004

BY JANE RITIKOS AND JACK WONG

PUTRAJAYA: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) has been deregistered for the second time and the setting up of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), formed by those aligned to one faction in PBDS, has been approved. 

Home Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said PBDS was deregistered after it failed to hold fresh party elections this month. 

“The party, which was a Barisan Nasional component, no longer exists.  

“It is the end of the party. We will no longer entertain any appeal,” he said after signing the letter to deregister the party at his office yesterday. 

He said the Registrar of Societies had approved the registration of PRS, which was formed by those aligned to PBDS former information chief Datuk Dr James Masing.  

The other faction was led by PBDS president Datuk Daniel Tajem. 

The 21-year-old party was deregistered for the first time on Dec 5 last year following a leadership tussle that culminated in the resignation of president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie in June.  

On March 9, PBDS was reinstated with the condition that it holds its triennial delegates conference and party elections on Oct 9 and Oct 10 but the factions could not agree on the delegates’ list. 

On the position of PBDS’ six MPs and eight assemblymen, Azmi said they would remain as independent elected representatives and could choose to join other parties. 

On the new party, Azmi said the pro tem committee applied for registration on Oct 21 last year and it would have to hold its first election. 

The pro tem committee members are president Sidi Munan, deputy president Dr Ong Lak Sai, secretary-general Opang Luhat and vice-presidents Josephine Mawat, Richard Wil Uban, Doris Sophia Brodi, Davina Enteli, Philimon Nuing, George Lagong and Matthew American Lidud. 

The pro tem treasurer-general is Clement Jamal Eddy and his deputy Sng Chee Beng, information chief Ernest Chua Kheng Hua and his deputy Munan Laja. 

Azmi said the other faction could apply to register as a new party if it wanted to. 

On the timing of PRS’ registration and PBDS’ deregistration, registrar Kaswuri Keman said: “It’s a coincidence.” 

In Kuching, Barisan secretary-general Datuk Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the coalition's technical committee headed by him did not recommend the deregistration. 

Mohd Radzi said PBDS’ problems could not be resolved because both factions were unwilling to compromise.  

Related Story:Masing urges PBDS reps to join PRS 

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