By Emma Victoria
THE Bintulu MP who made headlines yesterday for rejecting the appointment of a deputy minister’s post has gained praises from the voters and netizens.
Datuk Tiong King Sing, who is also president of the Progressive Development Party (PDP) yesterday skipped the swearing-in ceremony in Putrajaya. His party No 2 said PDP’s supreme council had decided that Tiong should not accept the appointment as it did not befit Tiong’s seniority as afive-term MP.
Tiong had earned the moniker YB Kong-kali-kong for being vocal, including slamming Ministers in the Dewan Rakyat. Kong-kali-kong is a colloquial for “empty vessels” and Tiong had regularly used it to describe those who crossed his path when carrying out his duties as a lawmaker.
“He is very respected in Bintulu for his good deeds. It doesn’t matter he accepts the role or not, he is hero for people in Bintulu,” wrote one Edna Tham in a Facebook comment.
Julian Ng also agreed Tiong is famous for questioning the federal government regarding poor road conditions in Sarawak without mincing his words.
“I don’t want to question if he is clean or not but at least he is representing the raykat and voice out our concerns and needs. Not many (MPs) can do that,” she quipped.
Even DAP Pending Assemblywoman Violet Yong said the five-term MP deserves a higher ministerial post.
Another netizen posted that he should be appointed as a full minister due to his seniority and his commitment in helping the people.
“Although I don’t really like him, I can’t deny the fact that he really does a lot for Bintulu and always keeps his promises,” Abdillah Ahmad.
Others slammed Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) for being greedy by grabbing four full ministers post for themselves, leaving three other parties in Gabungan Parti Sarawak with only deputy ministers, and in SUPP’s case, none.
Tiong first won the Bintulu seat in 1999 and remains as the incumbent. The lawmaker has been in property business, construction sectors and timber industry for over 20 years.
Apart from that, Tiong is well-known for speaking up on triads activities in Sarawak.
The 58-year-old politician was appointed as Deputy National Unity Minister on Monday.