KUCHING: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) agrees with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing that the Dayaks are politically fragmented.
PBDSB information chief Bobby William said Dayak political leaders are to blame because of their reluctance to come under a single political party.
“If there are people largely to be blamed, it is us, the Dayaks, because we volunteer ourselves to be members of all the political parties registered in Malaysia, including Pas, DAP and PKR,” said William.
He said as long as the Dayaks are scattered in all the political parties, they cannot command a single political voice.
“Therefore, we must not wholly blame others for our disunity,” he said when commenting on Masing’s claim yesterday that other communities did not want the Dayaks, by being the largest ethnic community in Sarawak, to be politically strong.
He urged the Dayak political leaders to ponder among themselves what are the best solutions to unite the Dayaks under a single political party.
Bobby suggested that PBDSB, party formed in 2014, is the right political platform to unite the Dayak community.
He said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), an offshoot of the deregistered Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) , can claim to speak for the Dayak community, but it is a multi-racial party.
Bobby, however, agreed with Masing on groups which are fearful if the Dayaks are united under one political umbrella that will allow them to be politically strong.
“We also agree with him that other communities which have been working for decades to divide and weaken the Dayaks just so they can remain in power,” he said.
Bobby claimed that the death of PBDS in 2004 could be the work of outside forces bent on undermining the party’s interest and struggle for the Dayak community.
He agreed that PBDS then was a dominant political force in Sarawak, but certain political groups were working hard to see its downfall.
He said he still believes that the same groups are working hard to ensure that the Dayaks will no longer able to rise to political dominance anymore.
Bobby said the PBDSB aims to take the role of PBDS in uniting the Dayaks, though it may take years to achieve that.
In an interview with Free Malaysia Today news portal, Masing, who is PRS president,, had claimed that certain groups had been working for decades to divide the Dayaks in order to keep their own communities in power.
He also claimed PRS was being prevented from growing in size and influence by these groups.
“We have problems growing because we have people interfering with us, whether it’s the opposition or within BN (Barisan Nasional) itself.
“The Dayaks are not allowed to become too strong, because we are the majority group. Some people see us like we are hungry ogres, like if we become too strong, we’ll eat them,” he was quoted as saying by FMT.
PRS has 11 seats in the 82-member state assembly, far behind the 45 held by the dominant Sarawak BN party PBB headed by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg Tun Openg.-dayakdaily.com