KUCHING: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) does not intend to join Pakatan Harapan as it has own political agenda, its president Cobbold John said today.
As such, he said, the party will not apply nor will it accept any invitation to join the opposition coalition.
Cobbold, however, explained that the party has never been approached to join PH nor will it joining forces with local Sarawakian parties to contest in the general election.
“I want to set the record straight that PBDSB is a stand-alone political party mainly for Sarawakian Dayaks in general,” he said when reacting to PH Sarawak leader Chong Chieng Jen at a press conference yesterday.
Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching member of parliament, had said that there had been no indication from the local parties, including PBDSB and State Reform Party (STAR) to join PH.
Cobbold said that he was caught by surprised by Chong’s statement about PBDSB not being part of PH as there was no indication.
“PBDSB is a local Sarawak party which promotes Dayak race, supports, fights and defends the Dayak agenda,” Cobbold said, adding:”We are not siding Pakatan Harapan nor Barisan Nasional as many have claimed PBDSB to be.”
He said the Dayaks should learn from the past and must always remember the root causes which have made them to be in their present sad predicament.
“Issues such as native customary rights land, education and stateless are among the many which have remained unresolved for so long.
“Being divided and sidelined in every aspect, it is a major problem among the community today. And this is despite the fact that the Dayak votes have sustained the Barisan Nasional in power,” he said.
Cobold said the Dayaks need to stand on their own and be firm about the current scenarios which they are facing.
He claimed that in every election the community is being promised of more development to come or better future for them, but yet they continue to be marginalised.
He said an example is in the selection of board directors of Petroleum Sarawak Board where not even a Dayak was appointed, although there are many Dayaks having wide experience in the oil and gas industry.
Cobbold said many Dayak professionals have participated and contributed to the oil and gas industry ever since Shell first step foot into Sarawak.
He said the board directors of Petros should reflect the racial composition of Sarawak, not being dominated by one particular community. – dayakdaily.com