WEE KA SIONG APPOINTED AS TRANSPORT MINISTER

YASMIN AHMAD ZUKIMAN

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) – As among the notable non-Malay leaders, it was thus not a surprise that Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was appointed as the Minister of Transport in the new cabinet.

The appointment of the MCA president announced by the Prime Minister today, also resolved questions on the composition of members of the new Cabinet under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Being fluent in Bahasa Melayu, Wee, 52, began his political career as an MCA member in 1992 to progress as Deputy Education Minister 1 in 2008 and as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in 2014.

With his cordial personality, Wee as a politician was able to capture the hearts of residents in Ayer Hitam, Johor as he successfully won the parliamentary constituency for four terms since the 11th general election in 2004.

Despite being hit by a wave for change by the people in the 2018 general election, Wee was among the Barisan Nasional leaders to retain his seat to continue serving the people.

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Following is a biography of Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

 

Name : Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong 

Spouse : Datin Seri Jessica Lim Haiean

Date of Birth : 20 October 1968 (52 years old)

Place of Birth : Jasin, Melaka

 

Education background : 

 

1. 1987-1992 : B.Sc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

2. 1993-1995 : M.Eng in Traffic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

3. 1996-2001 : PhD in Transportation Planning, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

 

Career :

 

1992 - MCA member

2004 - Won Ayer Hitam Parliamentary seat via a BN-MCA ticket in 11th General Election (GE) in 2004. 

2005 - Member of MCA National Youth Central Committee for 2005/2008 term

2008 - Retained Ayer Hitam (BN-MCA) for the second term in 2008.

2008 - 2011 - Elected as MCA Youth chief

2008 - 2009 - Appointed as Deputy Education Minister 1

2009 - 2013 - Reappointed as Deputy Education Minister 1 in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s cabinet

2013 - Won Ayer Hitam (BN-MCA) for the third term in 13th GE in 2013 

2013 - Elected as MCA deputy president for 2013/2016 term

2014 - Appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

2018 - Retained Ayer Hitam (BN-MCA) for the fourth term in 14th GE in 2018

2018 - Elected as MCA president  

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