KUCHING: It needs someone with experience to govern a multi-racial state like Sarawak, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.
He said to be successful administrators, elected representatives also needed the assistance of all stakeholders in the country.
“It is good to know that young Dayaks have high hopes of what they could and wish to achieve for the community. That is a good start.
“But they haven’t gone through the ‘battlefields’ of politics as I and some veteran Dayak YBs (elected representatives) had gone through,” he said today in response to recent remarks by Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB).
“These youngsters do not have the experience and skills to balance the pushes and pulls of governing a multi-racial Sarawak as some of the veteran Dayak leaders have experienced.
“To achieve the correct balance is easier said than done. Political bravados and emotions are not good enough to do the job.
“Thus, age and experience in politics are very valuable assets in governing Sarawak,” he stressed.
Masing, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, said youth may offer vitality, but age and experience provide wisdom in administering and guiding the nation to move forward peacefully.
“So, please do not mistake youth as a good and only replacement for experience in politics,” he said.