MDC seeks meeting with PM


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Apr 2006

KUCHING: The promoters of Malaysian Dayak Congress (MDC) have sought a meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss its application for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS). 

Pro-tem president Nicholas Bawin said he delivered a letter on the matter to the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya on March 28. 

“We are waiting for a reply,” he said. 

The MDC said in October that it had been notified that Abdullah, also Internal Security Minister, was looking into its application after an appeal was made. 

It was disappointed that the ROS had taken a long time to process its application although the ROS earlier gave quick approvals to the applications of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP). 

The PRS was approved the day the registration of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) was revoked about 18 months ago. The SPDP received its approval within days of Sarawak National Party (SNAP) being deregistered. 

Both PRS and SPDP are now Barisan Nasional component parties. 

SNAP has, however, been given a reprieve by the court to challenge the ROS’ decision to deregister the party. The case is pending.  

Several of MDC’s pro-tem committee members are from PBDS, linked to its last acting president Datuk Daniel Tajem, also a former Deputy Chief Minister. 

Tajem has confirmed that he would contest in Bukit Begunan, which he had represented for several terms, in the upcoming state polls. 

Asked if members of the MDC would use the symbol of SNAP in the polls if it could not be registered on time, Bawin said: “I have to discuss this with the other committee members.” 

Bawin was a former vice-president of SNAP, and Tajem its ex-deputy president. 

SNAP and the MDC have agreed on the Dayak seats they would contest; and they have, together with Parti Keadilan Rakyat, formed an opposition alliance to take on the Barisan. 

Bawin said the MDC’s short-listed candidates were now on the ground meeting the people.  

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