‘Someone is always trying to split Dayaks’


(FMT) – Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman Taib Mahmud can claim ‘no interference’ on his part in the coalition’s partners’ internal affairs but history tells a different story.

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s statement that he does not want to interfere in the affairs of other component parties in the state has amused Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

Bian, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, has known Taib for about 30 years, since the days of the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS). Bian was then a PBDS supreme council member.

Bian recalled that every time there were political problems affecting any of the Dayak political parties in the state Barisan Nasional, there was always someone behind it.

“Some people are trying to break up the Dayaks in Sarawak. I think we notice from the time of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak, there were some people who did not want us to be strong politically so they come and interfere and split us,” said Bian.

PBDS was deregistered on Oct 24, 2004 following a leadership crisis and at the same time it gave birth to the formation of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) led by James Masing.

Allegations linked PBDS demise to Taib as is now being said of the strive within BN partners Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic party (SPDP).

Both are on the threshold of becoming irrelevant in Sarawak’s political landscape.

Said Bian: “I am amused by what he (Taib) said. We must examine the context of the whole statement. Did he say it intentionally or does he want SUPP to disintegrate.

“He statement has more or less confirmed that he has a hand in every crisis of party in the Barisan Nasional. After all he is the chairman.

“His statement says that he is no longer an expert, meaning to say that he was one time an expert. That is how I look at it. It appears to me he wants to divide SUPP further,”

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