Peter Minos

KUCHING: Leave it to Dayak leaders to get the term “Dayak” recognised as soon as possible, said political analyst Datuk Peter Minos.

He told New Sarawak Tribune this when asked to comment on a statement by the secretary-general of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) Julius Enchanca on the “Dayak” term recognition issue.

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“It will be good and nice if the word “Dayak” is in both the federal and state constitutions and in the relevant laws, rules and regulations if and where it is required and necessary,” said Minos.

He added that the Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus (collectively known as Dayaks) would be happy and with that, the Dayak law-makers should now know what to do, having heard the feelings of the ordinary Dayaks on the issue.

The political analyst, who is also the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council chairman, pointed out that since the matter had not been done, there was no point in splitting hairs and fighting over it.

“It is sufficient that the Dayak assemblymen, members and MPs are alerted and then leave it to them to do their job,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the contentious issue of the appointment of the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) top boss by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minos wondered why so many people were unhappy about it.

“I thought that only those who did shady things and who went against the graft laws are worried, knowing the new MACC boss is straight, a no-nonsense type and will strike against anyone who went wayward.

“Many wonder why some Pakatan Harapan (PH) people had made adverse comments and expressed reservations on the appointment, not knowing that Prime Minister Tun M could solely make the appointment by existing law, with or without consulting anyone,” he said.

“If some members of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) seem to be uncomfortable, it can be implied that they probably have skeletons in the cupboards which the new MACC boss might uncover and open up.

“Otherwise, why make an issue of the whole thing?” he asked.

Minos said ordinary Malaysians were, in fact, pleased that at long last, MACC had real “teeth” to bite with a new top boss around.

“In fact, this is good for Malaysia, especially now when it is in the serious “country cleaning” exercise. A graft-free country is very much desired and wanted and Malaysians fully deserve such a country,” he added.