KUCHING: Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong’s decision to not contest in the upcoming 12th state election has been described as an honourable move from a senior leader.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said Manyin was a respected Bidayuh leader who had helped in strengthening unity in the community in Sarawak.
“Throughout his service until now, he (Manyin) has contributed greatly to Sarawak,” said the Pantai Damai incumbent in a post on his PBB Pantai Damai Facebook page on Tuesday (Nov 23).
“He has successfully carried out the responsibilities entrusted to him well throughout his tenure, holding various cabinet portfolios in the Sarawak government,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Manyin, who is Tebedu incumbent and Education, Science and Technological Research Minister, confirmed that he would not be defending his constituency in the coming election.
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU), said Manyin’s move also showed that PBB always provided room and opportunities for young leaders to be candidates and future state assemblymen.
“In every election, PBB always presents a new face to contest,” he said.
He said Manyin’s successor would definitely have to work hard to ensure that development in Tebedu could be implemented continuously.
“The individual who will replace Datuk Seri Manyin must always be close to the hearts of the people and be able to shoulder responsibilities with trust and sincerity.
“Regardless of whether the candidate is a man or a woman, what is important is that the candidate is able to carry out his or her duties as well as possible,” said Dr Abdul Rahman.