SIBU: The state may have a new Dayak-based political party soon.
The group behind this move met over the weekend in Kuching to discuss matters related to its formation, constitution and probable committee line-up.
According to a source, they comprised mainly Dayak professionals from here, Kuching, Miri and other towns, with a handful being members of the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).
PBDS, a Dayak majority state Barisan component partner, was first deregistered on Dec 4, 2002, following a leadership tussle, but was reinstated on March 10, 2003, in time for the general election then.
It was again deregistered on Dec 5, 2003, because the feuding leaders were unable to sort things out despite being given ample time by the Barisan committee tasked to help it find an amicable solution.
The source said the new party was intended to fill the vacuum left by PBDS, which was still sorely missed by most Dayaks.
There had been efforts by other component parties – including the new state Barisan party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, an offshoot of PBDS – to recruit the former PBDS members.
The source said a few names had been suggested for the pro-tem president while the party itself might be known as the Sarawak Dayak Congress.
“The group is planning to approach the Registrar of Societies’ office in Kuching in the next few weeks to send in their application,” the source added.
Last month, former PBDS treasurer-general and Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang said he had been contacted on this development but had advised against the formation of the new party.
Salang is one of the five elected representatives of the former PBDS who are still without a party.
The five had made a joint application to join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, the main party of the state Barisan. – Bernama