PBDS Baru not BN’s political tool — Cobbold John

KUCHING: PBDS Baru has denied allegations that it is Barisan Nasional’s political tool to split votes during the election.

Its president Cobbold John Lusoi said recent allegations that depict PBDS Baru as BN-friendly are spread by its rivals and should be put to a stop.

He also said PBDS Baru is neither in alliance with BN nor Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Gabungan Rakyat Saksama (Saksama).

He stressed that the only strategic alliance which PBDS Baru has for the coming 14th general election (GE14) is with Sabah-based Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) under the United Borneo Alliance (UBA).

“We are not in Saksama, BN or PH. Please stop this BN-friendly sentiment about us. We are not (with BN). We subscribe to Borneo Agenda in our common struggle especially to safeguard Sarawak,” said Cobbold yesterday.

He also pointed out the Dayak people of Sarawak should decide their own future and not be too dependent on other communities or the government.

Sabah-based STAR is headed by Datuk Dr Jeffey Kitingan. On Jan 29, PBDS Baru and STAR Sabah signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic alliance in Penampang, Sabah.

Meanwhile, PBDS Baru youth chief Rapelson Richard Hamit also reiterated the party has never been involved in any political coalition with either BN, PH or Saksama.

He mentioned these to deny a report in a Chinese language daily which quoted State Reform Party secretary-general Simon Tiong as saying PBDS Baru was part of
Saksama.

Rapelson claimed that PBDS Baru is now perceived by many as a political platform for the Dayak people and for the community to determine their political destiny without depending on other political forces pioneered by other communities.

“We choose not to join any political coalition to avoid a similar fate faced by SNAP and PBDS (which was deregistered in 2004),” said Rapelson.

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