KUCHING: PBDS Baru (PBDSB) believes that Dayak voters may be the decisive factor to determine the next government of Malaysia.
In a press statement today, the party’s youth chief Rapelson Richard Hamit said as a majority race constituting 47 per cent of the total population in Sarawak, Dayak voters may tilt the balance and become the kingmaker.
The party predicted that there would be a major change after the general election which may be held anytime from now.
Rapelson recently issued several statements pertaining to the Dayaks’ position in the present and the future within Malaysia.
According to him, the Dayak community has been sidelined during the governance of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the past 54 years since the formation of Malaysia.
“It was proven, the present government under BN is not the right choice for the Dayaks and the Dayaks must take up a new challenge,” said Rapelson.
He added the Dayaks must have their own political platform and PBDSB is a Dayak political vehicle for them to pursue their struggles.
“Hence, PBDSB must make a right decision to be a standalone state opposition (party) in order to create a new political landscape,” said Rapelson.
The recent act by the BN government to bring Iban community leaders from the Batang Rajang basin to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur proved that BN needed the Dayak voters to remain in power.
“Pakatan Harapan (PH) also needs 47 per cent of the Dayak votes to get into power. Dayaks are the key to taking over Putrajaya.
“What should the Dayaks do next? What will happen after the 14th General Election (GE14)? Will the Dayaks be better or worse off than they are today in terms of political unity as well as educational, social and economic progress?” questioned Rapelson.
He said the new Dayak era would come about if they united themselves in one Dayak entity and built a New Dayak Agenda together, and that would be the renaissance of Dayak politics.