All 8 Bidayuh seats in safe hands

Manyin hopes for a good outcome from his meeting with Maszlee regarding a federal government’s directive barring GPS members from speaking in schools in the state. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: All eight predominantly Bidayuh state constituencies are in safe hands. 

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) senior vice president Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said this is because the Bidayuh are fully behind Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and would vote for the coalition in the next state election. 

“You see if you are in a football team, if you are not confident, don’t play. That is the normal rule,” he said.

Manyin, who is also Tebedu assemblyman, said although two Bidayuh seats were lost in the last election, the cause has been identified and GPS would work on it.  

“For the two seats that we’ve lost, we definitely feel very bad about it, but because of the last election, the Bidayuh are considered united. Unfortunately, the scenario has changed,” he said. 

When asked what the issue was, Manyin, however, declined to comment. 

To whether he has decided to stand and whether he is still relevant for the next election, he kept mum. 

“Some people said yes, some said no, some say I’m old. Well, human beings cannot be the same all the time. Last time we used to say wise men think alike while fools differ, but it is more correct to say that fools think alike while wise men differ,” he said. 

He said the question now is how to choose the right candidates. 

“Unlike in the 50s and 60s, now we don’t have problems in finding good candidates as there are many educated people. The moment one steps down, nine others are ready to step in,” he stressed.