Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing has accused Dayak bloggers of playing politics by raising issues concerning the community.
"The bloggers raising issues about Dayaks are pitting members of the community against one another," said Masing, who is state land development minister, when asked to comment on a Malaysiakini report about the role of Dayak bloggers in the coming Batang Ai by-election.
Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu warned that if PKR wins the Batang Ai by-election, there would be political turmoil in Sarawak.
"The political turmoil in the peninsula could creep into Sarawak, if PKR wins the Batang Ai by-election. Recent incidents in west Malaysia involving PKR and its Pakatan Rakyat partners show that the opposition is disrespectful of culture, customs and even the royal institution.