MIRI: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (pic), who is SPDP deputy president, has been appointed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the country’s special envoy to the Far East.
Tiong received his appointment two days ago, and he will function as the country’s special envoy to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
SPDP has hailed the move by Najib as a recognition of the role of SPDP and also an acknowledgement of the importance of Sarawakians in the Federal administration.
SPDP secretary-general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining told The Star yesterday, the appointment of Tiong was a very significant gesture and also a very important development in the social and economic sense, not just in the political context.
“First and foremost, SPDP would like to thank the Prime Minister for appointing one of our top leader (party deputy president) to such an important post at the national level that will have a bearing on business and investments not only for Malaysia, but also for Sarawak,” he said.
Moreover, he believed that Tiong’s appointment is also a recognition by the Prime Minister that he acknowledges the importance of SPDP within the Barisan Nasional coalition.
“It is also a sign that the Prime Minister also acknowledge that Sarawakians are an important part of his administration at the national level.
“The post of special envoy comes with heavy responsibilities.
“I am sure that Datuk Seri Tiong will utilise his new post to bring about greater business interactions and bring in more foreign direct investments and encourage more projects, not just for Malaysia, but also for Sarawak,” he said.
Also in terms of tourism, Nelson said he was sure that Sarawak would be able to receive greater publicity with Tiong being able to promote the state on a wider scale given his connections with tourism industry players in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
“Hopefully, the Prime Minister would consider more Sarawakians for bigger roles in the national scene,” he said.