MDC may sue Government over delay in registration

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4/18/nation/13977338&sec=nation

Tuesday April 18, 2006

MDC may sue Government over delay in registration

KUCHING: The pro-tem committee of the Malaysian Dayak Congress (MDC) is planning to take the Government to court over the delay in its registration.

As a matter of fact, a team of lawyers has been preparing the case. An application for a writ of mandamus will be filed very soon in the court here, pro-tem chief information officer Joseph Tawie said in a statement.

He said the MDCs application for registration was submitted to the Registrar of Societies on May 6 last year but till now there was still no news on its status.

We have been contacting the registrar almost every week for the past 11 months. The usual answer has been: Bersabar. Saya akan tolong’ (Be patient. I will help).

The pro-tem committee, he added, had approached several high-profile figures and other parties in relation to the registration of the Dayak-based party but it seemed that none could help.

On Friday, pro-tem president Nicholas Bawin said he had written to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi about three weeks ago to seek a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the application.

Several of the key pro-tem committee members are linked to former deputy chief minister Datuk Daniel Tajem, who was Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) acting president at the time of the partys deregistration 18 months ago.

Tajems rival faction in PBDS, led by Datuk Dr James Masing, has formed Parti Raykat Sarawak, which was registered the day PBDS was deregistered.

The MDC has already shortlisted candidates for several Dayak-majority seats for the impending state elections and is anxious to get registered.

According to Tawie, the MDC would provide a vehicle for the Dayaks to articulate their interests and work to raise the communitys economic standing.

In the Ninth Malaysia Plan, there is no specific programme to eradicate poverty among the Dayaks, reportedly the poorest among the communities in the country.