PBK: We have track record of fighting for Dayak rights, interests

Peter Asut

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 21: PBK champions the rights and interests of the Dayak community.

According to Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) vice-president Peter Asut in a statement, its president Voon Lee Shan has always worked hard to fight for the rights and interests of the Dayak community.

He pointed out that Voon who was Batu Lintang assemblyman from 2006 to 2011 had stood up to voice the despair faced by the Dayak community as Bumiputera in Sarawak as Voon believed that the Dayak community had been left behind in society, and were missing out on enjoying greater economic development and prosperity.

“Voon’s speech as an assemblyman during the Sarwak Legislative Assembly sitting (DUN) sitting on November 11, 2009 had caused an uproar among several members from the former Barisan Nasional (BN) then.

“The truth which was revealed by Voon saying the Dayak community was marginalised then has prompted six assemblymen from the BN party to lodge a police report against him.”

Peter claimed the six assemblymen who lodged the police report against Voon were Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Asajaya), Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (Pantai Damai), Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat (Bukit Saban), Datuk Nelson Balang Rining (Ba’kelalan), Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (Bengoh) and Chia Chu Fatt (Pujut).

Peter noted Robert, Balang and Jerip who are from the Dayak community did not support what Voon did but ganged up with other assemblymen to lodge a police report.

Peter also observed that Chia who is from Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) also supported the action to summon Voon.

Thus, he questioned whether they are supporting Sarawak or Malaysia to be ruled by a single race or a community. — DayakDaily