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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Nov 27: Those who claimed that the Bidayuh have not changed or seen changes in the last 60 years must be blind, said Tebedu incumbent Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong.
In hitting back at critics, he asked them to wake up and open their eyes as every village in Serian is accessible by tar-sealed roads.
“Is this not change? Before (Dato Sri Richard) Riot (Jaem) and I came here, there was not even one kilometre of tar-sealed road, and many villages had no water supply,” he said.
He raised this when speaking at the Sarawak Government Administrative Centre Serian Division launch, which was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg today.
Manyin, who has announced his retirement and will not be contesting in the coming election, also reminded the people not to be swayed by the Opposition’s sweet promises.
“There are a lot of people who promised the sun and moon, and even independence; whether that is possible.
“All these are only (empty) promises. In the past, Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised everything because they could not win, but unfortunately, the rakyat was deceived and voted for PH.
“This time, they (will) also use the same tactics, promising the sun and moon knowing they cannot fulfil (them), saying that a manifesto is not a bible. So please, don’t be tricked for the second time,” he reminded the voters.
While many developments have transformed Serian into a thriving town, Manyin noted that more needs to be done, and he trusts that only the Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS) can deliver them.
“The coming 12th Sarawak Election is the time to reciprocate, so please translate your gratitude and thanks by voting for the GPS candidates.
“We want to see that all the seats in Serian — Mambong, Tarat, Tebedu, Kedup, and Bukit Semuja return to GPS.
“I am sure that on Dec 18, all Bidayuh majority seats will return to GPS. I believe and am confident that Serian will further develop under GPS,” he added. — DayakDaily