TIMBER trader Law Buong Hoo, 61, has been appointed as a penghulu in Sibu.
Law, who is married with three children, received his letter of appointment from Sibu Resident Sim Kok Kee yesterday. He will serve from September this year to September 2014.
Law has been involved in the local political scene since 1977 through the Sarawak United People’s Party. He was once the party’s central youth secretary and deputy chairman.
He was also a councillor for the Sibu Municipal Council for eight years.
He is currently chairman of the Sibu Foochow Association, vice-chairman of the Sarawak Foochow Association and publicity secretary of the World Foochow Association.
Law said he was honoured to be appointed and pledged to serve the people of Sibu to the best of his abilities.
Speaking to reporters later, Sim said that Law’s penghulu post was a new one because of the increase in the town’s population and new areas being created.
With Law’s appointment, there are now 15 penghulus for the Chinese community in Sibu.
“We are looking at having five new penghulus for the Chinese community but the final approval lies with the Chief Minister.
“Similarly, for the Iban and Malay communities, there is an urgent need for more penghulus as we don’t have any for some new areas,” said Sim.