KUCHING: The Dayaks should stop bickering if they want to progress, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“The Dayaks must try to achieve political stability and communal unity ? they must not build castles in the air but (must build) palaces on earth,” he added when opening the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) delegates conference at the Civic Centre here yesterday.
Taib, the state Barisan Nasional chairman, said non-Dayak leaders could only offer advice and assist the Dayaks who form more than 40% of the state’s 2.2 million population.
“So, please work together,” he said, urging the Dayaks in all the four state Barisan Nasional parties to cooperate to improve the community’s well-being.
Taib’s advice came in the wake of the political bickering in two Dayak-based component parties – Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) – which in the past two years plunged both parties into a leadership crisis and led to their eventual de-registration by the Registrar of Societies.
SPDP is an offshoot of SNAP, while Parti Rakyat Sarawak was formed after the registration of PBDS was revoked.
Taib said the SPDP headed by president Datuk William Mawan Ikom had a strong leadership that could help the people move ahead.
Earlier, Mawan urged party members to gear up for the next state election, and improve their working relationship with the other component parties.