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KUCHING, Oct 18: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru’s (PBDSB) has called on state PKR chief Baru Bian to leave the so-called Peninsular Malaysia-based party and join a truly local party such as PBDSB.
The party described itself as a local party that champions the rights of Sarawak and Dayak people and challenged Baru to join the party instead.
“It is not fair to say that PBDSB adopts UMNO’s brand of politics because it is well known to the Dayaks that PBDSB is always about Sarawak and Dayak alone.
“Nothing from the Malayan regime type of politics plays a role in the Dayak party of PBDSB,” said PBDSB in a statement.
The party said it had through several statements stipulated clearly its stand where it was neither with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan (PH), nor from the Malayan regime at all.
“PBDSB is clearly for Sarawakians and a platform for its Dayak community. Dayak for Dayak. We only answer to the Dayak people and are only concerned about the wellbeing of the Dayak and also Sarawakian rights in general.
“PBDSB has also made it clearly to DAP, PKR and Pakatan (Harapan) in a press statement recently that PBDSB stands as a pure local Sarawak party.
“PBDSB is all about Sarawak and in return asks Baru Bian — when will he join the Sarawak team to fight for our Dayak people?”
The party has also insisted that its statement on PKR being supportive of the hudud law has neither changed nor was misleading.
It was based on a public statement made and PBDSB quoted sources to substantiate its argument.
“The recent statement by State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) refuting PBDSB’s statement saying that PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had expressed support for hudud (law) was not misleading.
“It was general public knowledge based on the statement made early this year.
“It was the talk of the town when the PKR president made a statement expressing it support for hudud laws. It was published February 10, 2017 by New Straits Times (link: www.nst.com.my/node/211186/amp) which was reported by Syed Umar Ariff, titled ‘PKR declares support for PAS hudud-linked bill to be tabled, debated in Parliament’.
“Amid strong opposition by DAP on the issue, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said her party recognised Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s rights as a parliamentarian to submit the bill.
“Dr Wan Azizah however admitted that PKR maintained its reservations on ways to improve the syariah courts, and would await Hadi’s explanation during the tabling of the bill before reaching a final stand on the matter,” said PBDSB quoting the national daily.
The party said it has always been regarded by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and PKR/DAP as a mosquito and a peasant party, so there’s no point to lie to gain political mileage, for it was the truth which was officially published by New Straits Times which is a well-known newspaper media.
“Based on the above links and what was going viral on social media about the matter, how could it be an untruthful statement as claimed by Baru?”
Baru had yesterday in a statement said it was ‘unprofessional and unbecoming’ of aspiring politicians to make untruthful statements for political mileage.
He was rebutting an earlier statement by PBDSB president Cobbold John, alleging that Dr Wan Azizah had expressed support for the implementation of hudud, which indirectly showed opposition coalition PH’s support for the Islamic state concept.
“This statement is either made in ignorance or in malice. Cobbold John should check his facts before trying to mislead people by putting words in the mouths of others.
“He should know that one of the reasons PAS left the PR coalition was PKR’s firm stand against the RUU355 (Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act) hudud bill introduced by (Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi Awang in parliament, which is yet to be debated.
“DS Wan Azizah had said that it is the right of any MP to submit a bill but she had also said on many more occasions that PKR MPs will vote against the bill if it is debated and put to the vote,” said Baru in his statement yesterday.