By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Oct 16: Bobby William, former president of the deregistered Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru, is optimistic that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) will reinstate the Dayak-based party.
His optimism was based on the feedback and assurances given by the relevant authorities following its appeal.
“PBDS Baru will be given a new lease of life to enable it to serve the political needs of the Dayak community. Yes, we are optimistic that PBDS Baru will be reinstated by the RoS. That you can quote me,” Bobby told the DayakDaily today.
On a separate issue, he said the party had viewed the setting up of the Village Committee Management Council (MPKK) positively, as he believed that villages will have access to both the state and federal governments.
“PBDS Baru has always supported policies and initiatives that favours the native Dayak ethnics. Whatever benefits the Dayak community in return, should be supported and encouraged.
“We don’t see it as bringing negative impact or creating political rivalry and disputes. We opt to see it from a neutral point, which is from the point of view of the Dayak community as a whole, the leverage and benefits such initiative could bring,” Bobby said.
He explained that both the Village Security and Development committee (JKKK), which is appointment by the Sarawak government, and the newly set up MPKK, an appointment by Pakatan Harapan federal government, would give the people the privilege to seek assistance from both state and federal governments.
“It is an opportunity for the rural folks, to seek and ask for more infrastructure development and better access to education for a better rural transformation, where progress has been so slow and (quite) neglected all this time,” he said.
“PBDS Baru does not side with either GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) or Pakatan, has always been supportive to any initiative or policies that are vastly beneficial to our the Dayak community. That is what PBDS Baru is all about and always will forever stand for, to voice out and fight for the betterment of the Dayak.
“Why condemn any initiative or policy for the sake of political mileage, especially if they are collectively beneficial to the rural communities,” he said.
Bobby expressed hope that all political parties, especially GPS and Pakatan, will minimise political disputes as it could affect the wellbeing of the rakyat.
“All political parties should put aside their personal interest and instead focus on the interest and needs of the rakyat,” he said. — DayakDaily