Alan Ling to be appointed a senator?


Alan Ling Sie Kiong

MIRI: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak and DAP Sarawak secretary Alan Ling Sie Kiong is slated to be appointed senator next week in the next batch of 12 names .

According to reliable sources he is the only one from Sarawak involved during this round of appointment which has been scheduled to take place next Monday in Parliament.

A lawyer by profession, Ling shot into the political limelight in 2011 when he defeated then SUPP president and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam in the state election in Piasau constituency.

SUPP wrested the seat back through its secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chew Yew in the 2016 state polls.

Ling , 35, was born in Sibu but spent his childhood in Nanga Medamit in Limbang where his father operated a grocery shop on the bank of the Limbang River. He attended SRB Chung Hua Limbang and SK North in Miri for his primary school education.

After his secondary school education at St Joseph Secondary School in Miri, he went on to read law at University of Sheffield in United Kingdom and became a chambering student under Malaysian eminent lawyer and parliamentarian extraordinaire, the late Karpal Singh.

Ling is also currently a director of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and the secretary-general of national DAP Youth.

When contacted yesterday, Ling declined to comment on the news of his appointment. A media notice indicated that the swearing-in ceremony for the batch of 12 new senators, would be held at Block A of Parliament building at 10 am on Aug 27.

Four of the candidates were recommended by the respective state legislative assembly of Penang and Perak while the rest were appointed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.