Speaking at his farewell ceremony organised by New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan on Tuesday, Sir Michael said leaders in past governments always work together to unite the people of the country and not to create divisions.
“We always have this in our heart and mind to put our people first and to unite them despite our cultures and different languages.
“We strive and take heed of our fellow leaders’ advice and always put our country first,” said Sir Michael.
He added that young leaders sometimes disobeyed advice which always leads to wrong directions.
He appealed to the people of New Ireland to work with Sir Julius and get the province to another level.
Sir Michael further reiterated that such welcome from the people of New Ireland will always be treasured in his heart and his family.
Meanwhile, students from Utu High School where Sir Michael taught at before becoming a politician brought him presents and other traditional valuable gifts.
Sir Michael retired from politics at the end of this term of Parliament after serving the nation for 49 years.