Taib is asking the Bidayuh to unite. And the Bidayuh senior YBs has been telling the world that the Bidayuh is united. On the surface, Bidayuh majority have voted for the Barisan Nasional candidates and all of them won on Barisan Nasional ticket. So it does look that Barisan Nasional is getting united Bidayuh votes.
In reality, Bidayuh is a minor race in Sarawak and has a representative or two in each Barisan Nasional component parties. There are Bidayuh YBs in PBB, SUPP, SPDP and PRS. Each of those Bidayuh YBs report to their party president and in effect, their party comes first instead of the Bidayuh community.
The diversity of Bidayuh presence in the four Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties make the Bidayuh leadership split. Maybe there is unity among the Bidayuh community but certainly there is no unity among Bidayuh leadership. This situation is allowed by Taib since he preferred the strategy of divide and conquer or was it divide and rule. And now, Taib is asking the Bidayuh to unite.
So is Taib asking the Bidayuh community to unite or asking the Bidayuh leaders to unite ?
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Source: thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/26/nation/21361861&sec=nation (May 26, 2008)
Bidayuhs told to unite for progress
SERIAN: The Bidayuhs should not allow themselves to be used by individuals who pretend to be striving for the community’s interest, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He said the Bidayuhs had only themselves to blame if they fell prey to these individuals and were split.
“Any community that allows its people to become siok sabong (fighting cocks) will be left behind. Unity is vital for progress and development,” he told a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of a Bidayuh settlement – Kampung Paun – in Sungai Rimu near here on Saturday.
He urged the Bidayuhs, the second largest Dayak group, to rally behind their leaders in the Barisan Nasional Government so development programmes could be planned and implemented for their benefit.
Taib said that since he became Chief Minister about 27 years ago, he had discussed with Bidayuh leaders ways to consolidate the community.
State Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said a Bidayuh festival had been planned to showcase the community’s rich heritage.