Tajem: Where did I go wrong?

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  • Wednesday, 17 Nov 2004

MIRI: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) former president Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem wants the Dayak community to say where his leadership had gone wrong. 

Speaking publicly for the first time since the PBDS was deregistered for the second time at the end of last month, Tajem wanted to know from the Dayak community whether his mindset and the concept he implemented for the party was wrong. 

“If the paradigm mindset set by Daniel Tajem, (Datuk Amar) Leo Moggie (his predecessor) and the other PDBS leaders has been wrong, it is for the future Dayak leaders to chart the course for the community. 

“Where did we go wrong? We want to identify where we went wrong to find out what we can do next for the Dayak community,” he said. 

“The Dayaks must also examine their priorities now as a race.  

“The party might be dead, but I hope the spirit that nurtured the formation of the PBDS will continue to live on in the future,” Tajem told some 600 former PBDS leaders and loyalists at a “unity gathering” over the weekend. 

“We Dayaks must always remember our roots. We must know where we are now and where we are going. We must not lose our Dayak identity,” he said, stressing that what had happened to the PBDS was beyond his control. 

Tajem and State Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing, the former party information chief, were involved in a two-year dispute for the PBDS presidency. 

Tajem had succeeded Moggie when the latter resigned abruptly two years ago. 

He and his five “partyless” elected representatives have, in the meantime, dropped their plan to seek legal redress on the party's deregistration. 

Former secretary-general Stanley Ajang, who is aligned to Tajem, said the group had decided not to pursue the matter in court and would apply to join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) to enable them to remain in the Barisan Nasional. 

The other four elected representatives are Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang, who is also Deputy Foreign Minister, Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang, Kanowit MP Aaron Dagang and Ngemah assemblyman Gabriel Adit. 

Ajang said they were expected to submit their applications soon to join the PBB. 

He had said that the Prime Minister had consented to speak to PBB president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also Sarawak Chief Minister, on the matter. 

Taib had recently suggested the five join the newly registered Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), which has accepted the other nine elected representatives, including state Land Development Minister Dr Masing, from the deregistered party. 

Ajang said it was only natural for the partyless five to not join PRS because “so much has happened between the two factions.”  

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