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By Jacob Achoi
SERIAN, Nov 23: Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong is confident that the current eight Bidayuh seats will continue to remain under the government.
He said the voters, who are predominantly Bidayuh in all the seats, were wise enough to see for themselves the various developments under the current State government.
“The Bidayuh can see all the benefits they get with the government and they are wiser now.
“So when the election comes, they will not abandon Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) because they still want to be with the government yo get more benefits,” Manyin told reporters today.
Manyin had earlier officiated at the Serian Education district’s three-day Education Leadership Colloquium at a hotel here, attended by principals and headmasters from schools in the division.
Manyin also took note of the recent Melaka state election, where not a single Independent candidate won the election.
“If we look at the Melaka state election, no Independent candidates won because voters want to stay with the government,” he pointed out.
Except for Opar, which is currently under Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), the other seven, namely; Tasik Biru, Serembu, Mambong, Tarat, Tebedu, Bukit Simuja and Kedup are held by GPS.
The incumbent for the seven seats are Dato Henry Harry Jinep, Miro Simuh, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, Manyin, John Ilus and Martin Ben, respectively.
Manyin, who said he will not be defending his Tebedu seat, also said the candidates for the coming election should be community-centric to help improve the living standard of the community. — DayakDaily