By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, June 8: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Information Chief Datuk Idris Buang expresses regrets for the passing of former Bukit Assek assemblyman Daniel Ngieng.
“Today we have lost two good men – Daniel and (senior journalist) Jimmy (Adit), who were both good leaders who upheld the racial harmony of Sarawak,” Idris told DayakDaily.
Idris got to know Daniel when the latter was appointed political secretary to the Chief Minister.
“During that time, I was the Chief Political Secretary and he was the political secretary of SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party).
“He was a soft spoken and gentle person. I was informed that he had a strong faith in Christianity and that he was a man of principle.
“When he was in politics, he had the welfare of the people in his heart. And when he lost in 2006 Sarawak Election, he gracefully stepped aside and became deputy chairman of Sibu Municipal Council.
“He never looked back. But the welfare of the people never left his heart. He continued to serve the people through education and church setting. I was truly sorry for his passing and PBB sent its condolences to his family,” said Idris.
Ngieng who migrated to New Zealand passed away in the Land of Long White Cloud this morning at the age of 69.
Ngieng who was born in 1951, was an assemblyman, an educator, a preacher and a well known leader of Sibu before migrating to New Zealand. — DayakDaily