KUCHING: PBDS Baru claims that many former PBDS members have been returning to the party recently.
It also claimed that there was also possibility that TERAS (Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak) members would also be joining the fold.
Its president Cobbold John confirmed that members of former defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) had returned to the party and said there will be more to come.
He said the current power struggle between Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may change the Dayak political landscape.
“Najib and Tun Mahathir both are exhausted for power at all costs, irrespective of the dire consequences that might endanger the nation and the people in the process.
“Even Anwar (Ibrahim) is also sidelined, what more to say about us (Dayak),” Cobbold said in a statement today.
He said many diehard supporters of the long-gone PBDS have realised PBDS Baru is their political vehicle.
“There are lot of intellectuals in the party and they are from various levels of professionals. The party is well developed even though it was still very much in its infancy since it was registered in 2013,” said Cobbold.
He also disclosed that there were possibilities of former TERAS members joining the party.
“Yes, we welcome them with open arms. The door is always open for everybody and it is good for partyless TERAS members to join us as many of them were former members of PBDS and some from SNAP. They are all welcome”, Cobbold said.
“I was informed there are about 8,000 of them in the central region who have remained partyless. BN is not the right platform for them as the BN leadership had rejected them, while PH does not emphasise the Dayak Agenda and is seen to not fit their political struggles,” Cobbold explained.
He said the party has been expanding their wings into rural areas and part of the strategies of the party was to work very hard at the grassroots level as the support has been very encouraging.