SIBU: Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew has
been appointed deputy chairman of Sibu Municipal Council, replacing Daniel
Ngieng who has been deputy chairman for a decade.
The confirmation came yesterday afternoon after the council released the list
of the councillors of the new term.Datuk Tiong Thai King retains the chairman
Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew
Others are Kiew Shyh Yew, Chieng Jin
Ek, Toh Jack Kuong, Lai Chiong Ann, Marcus Yek Hock Yin, Wong Hie Ping, David
Lau Kiing Yiing, Yap Ah Kiat, Patrick Tong Hing Lee, So Teck Kee, John Lau Hui
Sing, Siao Sing Tiong, Rabek Ali Hamid, Ibrahim Laili, Zaiton Abdul Kader,
Abang Iskandar Abang Latip, Paulus Dandee Banyang, Himmy De Rozario, Wong Liang
Tai, Sempurai Petrus Ngelai, John Ujang Santak, Tang Sing Kiong, Lily Tiong Kai
Li, Teo Ming Lung, Rhoda Ting Tung Hui, Chiong Siong Teck, Wong Kwong Lee,
Sylvia Kong Ming Yii, Tonny Hii Yii Yik and Thosmas Tang Chin Meng.Minister of
Local Council Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh also confirmed through a press statement
yesterday that the councillors’ lists in Sarawak had been finalised and had
been sent out to the respective councils. He said the respective councils would
make public the lists.
He added: “Before this, the proposed list had to go through Deputy Chief
Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu who heads a cabinet committee overseeing the
matter. And, after being screened by the committee, the list went to the State
Cabinet for approval.
With the confirmation of the full list for the Sibu Municipal Council, it lays
to rest rumours about Kee Yew being appointed as the new deputy chairman.
Kee Yew is the son of Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
Although he has remained low key, Kee Yew has been active in promoting higher
education development of Sibu.A graduate of the University of Western Australia
with a Masters of Economics, he has played a major role in helping the state
government to set up Sarawak Maritime College, University College of
Technology, Sarawak and the development of Laila Taib College.
He has also played a key role in transforming Institute Executive Kuching to
become Executive College Kuching.He has for 15 years devoted himself to
education service since his return from Australia in 1998, at the age 21.He
started working with United College Sarawak in 1999 and helped to transform the
college into what it is today.The college, renamed Laila Taib College in 2010,
is housed in a new campus with land and buildings donated by Espirit Wealth Sdn
Bhd and KTS group of companies respectively.
It now has a student population of over 1,500 taking up Diploma programmes
recognised not only by the Education Ministry but also by the respective
Kee Yew has almost single-handedly been responsible for setting up Sarawak
Maritime College with financial assistance from the state government and Shin
Yang Group Of Companies.
For two years, he also played a key role in setting up University College of
Technology Sarawak.With his appointment as the deputy chairman of the council,
Kee Yew has now resigned his CEO post in Laila Taib College.
Kee Yew was conferred the Datukship in September last year during the 92nd
birthday of the Head of State Tun Muhammad Salahuddin.