Ong Ka Ting

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Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato' Seri
Ong Ka Ting
7th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
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 Ting Chew Peh
Succeeded by Ong Ka Chuan
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pontian
In office
21 October 1990 – 10 March 2004
Preceded by Law Lai Heng @ Go Lai Heng (MCA - BN)
Succeeded by Hasni Mohammad (UMNO - BN)
Majority 9,384 (1990)
32,151 (1995)
29,910 (1999)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tanjong Piai
In office
21 March 2004 – 13 February 2008
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Wee Jeck Seng (MCA - BN)
Majority 23,615
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kulai
In office
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
Preceded by Lim Si Cheng (MCA - BN)
Succeeded by Teo Nie Ching (DAP - PR)
Majority 11,744
Personal details
Born (1956-11-15) 15 November 1956 (age 60)
Lenggong, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s) Wendy Chong Siew Mei (张秀梅)
Relations Younger brother of Ong Ka Chuan
Children Ong Li En
Ong Xing Yang
Alma mater University of Malaya (UM)
Occupation Politician

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting (Chinese: 黄家定; pinyin: Huáng Jiā Dìng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ka-tēng; born 15 November 1956) is a Malaysian politician. He was the former Housing and Local Government Minister from 1999 to 2008 and Acting Transport Minister from May to June 2003 in the Malaysian cabinet. Ong also served as the seventh President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a major component party in Barisan Nasional (BN); 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 Lenggong, 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.[2]

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

MCA secretary-general for twice, Ong Ka Chuan, is his elder brother.

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 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, Ong Ka Chuan, who was 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 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 years. He was defeated by Dr. Chua Soi Lek.[3] In 2013, Ong retired as a Member of Parliament, having decided not to recontest his parliamentary seat in the 2013 general election.[4]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[5][6]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P133 Pontian, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 24,362 61.93% Gan Peck Cheng (DAP) 14,978 38.07% 41,637 9,384 75.06%
1995 P144 Pontian, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 37,230 88.00% Saleh @ Daud Hassan (S46) 5,079 12.00% 44,772 32,151 74.07%
1999 Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 38,169 82.21% Diong Chi Tzuoh (PKR) 8,259 17.79% 48,055 29,910 74.43%
2004 P165 Tanjong Piai Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 28,046 86.36% Tan Hang Meng (DAP) 4,431 13.64% 33,938 23,615 76.14%
2008 P163 Kulai Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 32,017 61.23% Ng Pack Siong (DAP) 20,273 38.77% 53,676 11,744 79.69%


  1. ^ "PM Umum Pelantikan Ong Ka Ting Sebagai Duta Khas Ke China". mStar (in Malay). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting (President from May 2003 – October 2008)" (PDF) (in English). Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "MCA Polls: Live updates - Soi Lek is new MCA president". The Star. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Chua, Sue-Ann (28 April 2013). "GE13: Ka Ting lends weight to Kulai contest of contrasts". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017.  Results only available from the 2004 election.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ling Liong Sik
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) President
23 May 2003 – 18 October 2008
Succeeded by
Ong Tee Keat