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KUCHING, June 9: The late Daniel Ngieng had a deep understanding and was seriously invested in both local politics and development plans for Sibu.
These traits are what stood out to Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) deputy president II Datuk Chieng Buong Toon when he worked side by side with Ngieng, sharing political views and opinions.
“Lack of strong economic foundation and also due to geographical hindrances, Sibu development has never been easy. Despite all these factors, the late Daniel still had made his remarkable contribution to the development and progressive plan of Sibu,” said Chieng in a press statement today.
In 2001, Ngieng was elected Bukit Assek assemblyman. He had also served as Deputy Chairman for Sibu Municipal Council from 2004 till 2013.
“Since joining SUPP, the late Daniel had created a respectful and colourful history in the party. He had been appointed councillor in Sibu Urban District Council, SUPP Sibu branch publicity secretary, SUPP Central Youth Leader and political secretary to the Chief Minister’s Office.”
To Chieng, Ngieng was a model for all party leaders, preferring to go back to the basics and work among the grassroots – the very original struggle and philosophy of SUPP.
Chieng said Ngieng was a person full of political enthusiasm and ideas.
Ngieng joined SUPP with a group of young professionals during the time when late SUPP president Datuk Patinggi Dr Wong Soon Kai was making an attempt to revitalise the party, Sibu branch, in particular in 1983.
Chieng said as Ngieng was very committed and dedicated to the party, the latter had won the attention and appreciation from party leaders.
Ngieng who was born in 1951, was an assemblyman, an educator, a preacher and a well known public figure of Sibu before migrating to New Zealand where he passed away yesterday at the age of 69.—DayakDaily