Ong Ka Ting

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HE Hon. Amb. Tun
Ong Ka Ting
MP
黄家定
7th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
23 May 2003 – 18 October 2008
Preceded by Ling Liong Sik
Succeeded by Ong Tee Keat
Malaysian Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
1999 – 18 March 2008
Preceded by Dr. Ting Chew Peh
Succeeded by Ong Ka Chuan
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pontian
In office
1990 – 10 March 2004
Preceded by Law Lai Heng @ Go Lai Heng
Succeeded by Hasni Mohammad
Majority 29,910
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tanjong Piai
In office
21 March 2004 – 13 February 2008
Preceded by None (constituency created)
Succeeded by Wee Jeck Seng
Majority 23,615
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kulai
In office
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
Preceded by Lim Si Cheng
Majority 11,744
Personal details
Born (1956-11-15) 15 November 1956 (age 57)
Perak, Federation of Malaya, British Malaya
Political party Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Wendy Chong Siew Mei
Children Ong Li En
Ong Xing Yang
Occupation Politician
Religion Buddhist

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting (Chinese: 黄家定; pinyin: Huáng Jiādìng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ka-tēng) is a Malaysian politician and a former Housing and Local Government Minister and Acting Health Minister in the Malaysian cabinet, and served as President of the Malaysian Chinese Association from May 2003 to October 2008. He was appointed Malaysian Prime Minister's Special Envoy to China in 2011.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ong was born on 15 November 1956 in Perak. He graduated from University of Malaya, majoring in Mathematics and Science in 1980. He began his career as a teacher in Catholic High School in Petaling Jaya from 1981 until 1986.

He is married to Puan Sri Wendy Chong Siew Mei. The couple have two children – Chloe Ong Li En and Ong Xing Yang.

Political career[edit]

From 1986 until 1990, Ong was the political secretary to the then Minister of Transport. After winning the general elections in 1990, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health from 26 October 1990 until 24 February 1991. Ong was next appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs from 25 February 1991 through April 1995, before being promoted to be the Deputy Minister of the same Ministry on 3 May 1993.

In 1999, he was promoted to become a full-fledged minister leading the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, a position he held until 2008. In 2004, he retained his parliamentary seat of Tanjung Piai with a 23,615 votes majority over the opposition candidate. In January 2008, he was appointed as Acting Health Minister following the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek who was involved in a sex scandal.

In the 2008 general election, Ong succeeded in his bid for the Kulai Parliamentary seat. However, the election was marked by heavy losses for the ruling coalition, especially among candidates from the MCA and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC). In the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, Ong was not retained as a member of the Cabinet by his request, as he wanted to focus his energies in restructuring and re-engineering the MCA to win back Chinese voters' support. His former Cabinet portfolio was handed over to his elder brother, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who is MCA Secretary-General, Perak MCA chief and MP of Tanjung Malim in Perak.

In 2008, he had left the presidency of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) and had given the highest post of president to Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on 18 October 2008 after the successful party election.

On 17 March 2010, Ong Ka Ting announced his intention to contest for the party's presidency in the 28 March party elections after leaving the post for one and a half-year.

On 5 December 2011, Ong Ka Ting decided not to contest in the next general election.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PM Umum Pelantikan Ong Ka Ting Sebagai Duta Khas Ke China". mStar (in Malay). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ The Star