KUCHING: A young leader within Parti Rakyat Sarawak in the Tamin constituency said it was a collective decision to field a new face in Selangau parliamentary seat in the upcoming general election.
Henry Kanyan, 34, a member of the Youth Central Committee, said the decision not to support the incumbent Selangau MP Datuk Joseph Entulu was based on feedback from the youth.
“The decision to not support the ‘present incumbent’ is not YB (Christopher) Gira’s decision, but a collective one, based on results from Youth’s feedback,” said Henry in a press statement.
Gira who is Tamin assemblyman had earlier said that the voters under 45 years of age and women voters, had hoped for a PRS new face to be fielded in the Selangau parliamentary seat.
The first-term assemblyman said both the youth and women wanted change.
One of the reasons they wanted change was that they felt the incumbent has held the position for too long and should give way to fresh blood. They also felt that a new face would work harder to bring more development to Selangau.
Henry said the socio-economic scenario of Tamin has evolved over the years, and naturally so did the needs and aspirations of the youths.
“The young people here feel that there is more to be done for Tamin. This can only be achieved by having a representative and leader who can evolve with time and can relate to what Tamin needs today,” said Henry.
He denied that there was a ‘generation gap’ caused by age.
“Age has nothing to do with this. It is the ability of the leader to adapt with change.
“Also, if you say ‘thank you for having elected me and till we meet again next year or the year after next,’ then as a leader you will lose touch and have a problem with the youth,” said Henry.
He pointed out that since Gira was elected as Tamin assemblyman, participation and feedback from youth was very much encouraged.
“He (Gira) practises what he calls ‘participatory politics’ based on a ‘bottoms-up’ approach. Whenever he is here, he will talk to the Youth and value our opinions,” said Henry.
Entulu is the deputy president of PRS and retained Selangau in last general election with a 7,555 majority constituting 58.1 per cent of the total voter turnout of 12,040.
It was a three-corner fight where he faced SWP’s Sng Chee Hua who garnered 4,485 votes and PKR’s Joshua Jabing, who got 3,891 votes.