KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) will ensure that a Dayak will be appointed as chief minister if the party is given strong support by the community to win the state election.

PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said that it had been 51 years since the state administration’s top post was helmed by a Dayak.

“It is time for the community to come out in full force on polling day to support PSB.

“If we get their overwhelming support, appointing a Dayak chief minister is a must, this will be a reality,” he said on Thursday (Dec 16)

The Dayak community refers to non-Muslim indigenous groups.

Wong, who is contesting the Bawang Assan seat, recalled that the first chief minister from the Dayak community was Tan Sri Stephen Kalong Ningkan who held the post from July 1963 to September 1966.

Following that, the chief ministership went to Datuk Seri Tawi Sli who held office until July 1970.

Since then, the post has been held by a Melanau/Malay leader including Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and now Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Wong said that PSB will come together to make a collective decision to ensure a Dayak will be appointed to lead the state if it forms the next state government.

On another matter, he said the party would only name its chief minister after the polls.

“We will wait until the election is over and will choose among ourselves. We have to choose a person with quality, ability and a person who is trustworthy who can carry out his duties without fear and with the interest of Sarawakians at heart,” he said.

Wong was responding to a statement by state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen that PSB had yet to name its chief minister candidate despite the party wanting to be the alternative government to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

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