MIRI: Kayan Elizabeth Deng has made an indelible mark in the annals of community leaders for being the first woman in the state to be appointed a Temenggong.
She received her Letter of Appointment as Temenggong for the Kayan community here from Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang here on Sunday.
Jabu said the appointment came with great responsibility, and that the people should not doubt the capabilities of women leaders.
“We decided to appoint Elizabeth Deng as a Temenggong not because she used to be a Pemanca. From our records, but because there were indications she could discharge her responsibilities well if given the chance,” said Jabu.
Hence, he urged everyone to extend their cooperation to Elizabeth, whose responsibilities include those relating to native customary laws, preservation and conservation of cultures and traditions.
“This is important as what is best for the community in their traditions and native customary laws so that our state and people, including the minority groups, can continue to have their own identity.”
At the function, Jabu led all those present to observe a minute’s of silence as a mark of respects for those who perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down last Thursday in eastern Ukraine.
Jabu also announced a donation of RM25,000 towards the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund from Salcra.
Senator Datuk Lihan Jok, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Miri Resident Anthonio Khati Galis, Miri District officer Boniface Intang Apat, Elizabeth’s husband Edward Guatee Sundai and mother Mujan Wan were among those present.