Wee Ka Siong

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Wee Ka Siong

魏家祥
President of Malaysian Chinese Association
Assumed office
4 November 2018
DeputyMah Hang Soon
Preceded byLiow Tiong Lai
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
27 June 2014 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyDevamany S. Krishnasamy
ConstituencyAyer Hitam
Deputy President of Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
21 December 2013 – 3 November 2018
PresidentLiow Tiong Lai
Preceded byLiow Tiong Lai
Succeeded byMah Hang Soon
Deputy Minister of Education
In office
19 March 2008 – 15 May 2013
Serving with 1. Razali Ismail (2008-2009)
2. Mohd Puad Zarkashi (2009-2013)
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
MinisterHishammuddin Hussein (2008-2009)
Muhyiddin Yassin (2009-2013)
Preceded byHon Choon Kim
Succeeded byKamalanathan Panchanathan
ConstituencyAyer Hitam
Youth Chief of the Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
13 October 2008 – 21 December 2013
PresidentOng Tee Keat
Chua Soi Lek
Preceded byLiow Tiong Lai
Succeeded byChong Sin Woon
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Ayer Hitam
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded byConstituency established
Majority15,763 (2004)
13,909 (2008)
7,310 (2013)
303 (2018)
Personal details
Born
Wee Ka Siong

(1968-10-20) 20 October 1968 (age 50)
Jasin, Malacca, Malaysia
NationalityMalaysian
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Jessica Lim Hai Ean (林海燕)
Children2
ResidenceJohor Bahru, Johor
(Hometowns: Tampin, Negeri Sembilan and Jasin, Malacca)
Alma materUniversiti Teknologi Malaysia
Nanyang Technological University
OccupationPolitician
Websiteweekasiong.com.my

Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong (Chinese: 魏家祥; pinyin: Wèijiāxiáng; born 20 October 1968) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Ayer Hitam, Johor, (2004–present)[1] and was a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (2014–2018). He was a Deputy Minister for Education from 2008 to 2013. He is the president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a party in Malaysia's opposition Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, elected during the party election on 4 November 2018.[2]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Jasin, Melaka to a Hakka clan and later brought up in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. He attended the SJK(C) Yu Hsien primary school and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Datuk Bendahara Jasin, Melaka.[citation needed]

After finishing his SPM with flying colours, He studied Civil Engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1992–1997. During this time, he was the chairperson of the non-Muslim council.[citation needed]

He later pursued his Master in Traffic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 1993 to 1996 and a PhD in Transportation Planning at the UTM from 1996 to 2001. He is a qualified Civil Engineer and is a member of the Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM).[citation needed]

He is married to Datin Seri Jessica Lim Hai Ean (林海燕), a lawyer and they have 2 children, a daughter and a son.

MCA career[edit]

Wee, who speaks Malay, English and Mandarin, begin his political career in the Johor Bahru Malaysian Chinese Association, which he joined in 1992.[citation needed]. He was its Secretary General (Johor Bahru Division) from 1993 to 2005. After that, he is elected as Johor Bahru's MCA Majidi Branch chairman from 1996 to 2008, and became the MCA Johor Bahru Division Youth Chief from 2002 to 2008.[citation needed]

In 2005 during the National MCA Youth election, he was elected as the National MCA Youth Wing Secretary General, and was appointed as the National MCA Youth Education Bureau Chief (2005–2008). He was awarded The Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Award (Politics, Governmental Affairs & Legal)马来西亚十大杰出青年奖 by the Junior Chamber International Malaysia; this award was presented to him by Dato' Sri Ong Tee Keat, then Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, in Kuala Lumpur on 25 November 2005.[citation needed]

On 13 October 2008, Wee was elected unopposed as the MCA Youth Chief for the 2008–2011 term, taking over the position from the Health Minister, Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai. On 11 November 2008, Wee Ka Siong was elected to lead the MCA Malacca State Liaison Committee.[3] Prior to this, he was the secretary general for Malaysia Chinese Association Youth Wing.

In 2013, he contested, and won, the deputy presidency of the full party.[4]

Deputy Education Minister (2008–2013)[edit]

Under the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he was given the mandate to continue leading the Education Ministry as a Deputy Education Minister along with Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi. Its Education minister is the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

As minister, he reversed the decision to close the SJKC Damansara School, closed in 2001 because it "no longer provided a conducive learning environment because of traffic jams and noise pollution" due to a nearby trunk road. Its closure was opposed by some parents, who refused to transfer their children to its replacement.[5] When it reopened in late 2009, it was renamed 'SJKC Chung Hwa'.[6] He was given the mandate by the cabinet to handle and execute the Government's stimulus package in November last year[when?] that RM200mil will be given out in equal measure to Chinese, Tamil, religious (Sekolah Agama) and Mubaligh (missionary) schools (each medium schools will be given RM50 Million).[citation needed]

Cabinet Minister (2014–2018)[edit]

After the MCA's disastrous performance in the 2013 election, losing eight of its fifteen seats, the MCA voluntarily withdrew from its ministerial positions. The party returned in 2014 and Wee, by then the deputy president of the party, was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister in the Department of Prime Minister Najib Razak.[7]

After months of public speculations about Wee's health, on 2 May 2016 he made a statement that he would undergo a spinal surgery abroad and promised he will recover and return to duty soon.[8][9][10]

Wee Ka Siong is the only member of MCA to hold a seat in the parliament after the Malaysian general election in May 2018.[11] On 22nd August, Wee Ka Siong publicly announced that it is better for Malaysia to go bankrupt by proceeding with and paying for the ECRL and Gas Pipeline projects instead of postponing it because he believes it will adversely affect ties with China. [12]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P148 Ayer Hitam, Johor[13][14][15][16]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Wee Ka Siong (MCA) 20,065 82.34% Mohd Zamri Mat Taksis (PAS) 4,302 17.66% 25,218 15,763 76.87%
2008 Wee Ka Siong (MCA) 20,230 76.11% Hussin Sujak (PAS) 6,321 23.78% 27,488 13,909 78.98%
2013 Wee Ka Siong (MCA) 22,045 59.79% Hu Pang Chaw (PAS) 14,735 39.96% 37,839 7,310 88.18%
2018 Wee Ka Siong (MCA) 17,076 43.98% Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 16,773 43.20% 38,824 303 85.52%
Hj Mardi Marwan (PAS) 4,975 12.82%

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEATING ARRANGEMENT OF MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ "MCA polls: New leaders will bring a breath of fresh air, says Lee". The Star. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  3. ^ ‘Old and new’ formula for Malacca MCA to regain seats, The Star (Malaysia), 22 November 2008
  4. ^ "MCA polls: Former health minister Liow Tiong Lai is new president". asiaone. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. ^ Tan Ee Loo (6 December 2008). Sec 17 school now called Chung Hwa, The Star (Malaysia)
  6. ^ Yeng Ai Chun (6 January 2009). "Government kept its word, says Wee" The Star (Malaysia)
  7. ^ Akil Yunus (14 October 2014). "Dr Wee's first 100 days challenging, but minister happy with progress". The Star. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. ^ FOONG PEK YEE (2 May 2016). "Dr Wee to undergo spinal surgery". The Star. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ KOI KYE LEE (2 May 2016). "MCA deputy president to undergo spinal surgery this week". New Straits Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Wee Ka Siong to undergo spinal surgery". Free Malaysia Today. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  11. ^ Foong Pek Yee (2 June 2018). "Wee: MCA had no room to say 'no' in the past". The Star.
  12. ^ FMT Reporters (22 August 2018). "MCA: ECRL cancellation will affect ties with China". Free Malaysia Today.
  13. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  15. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  17. ^ "Datukship for Shah Rukh Khan". The Star. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Dr Wee gets Malacca award". The Star. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2018.