Ong Ka Ting

Ong Ka Ting
Yang Berhormat Tan Sri
Ong Ka Ting
黃家定
7th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
May 23, 2003 – October 18, 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 – March 10, 2004
Preceded by Law Lai Heng @ Go Lai Heng
Succeeded by None (constituency abolished)
Majority 29,910
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tanjong Piai
In office
March 21, 2004 – February 13, 2008
Preceded by None (constituency created)
Succeeded by Wee Jeck Seng
Majority 23,615
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kulai
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 8, 2008
Preceded by Lim Si Cheng
Majority 11,744
Personal details
Born November 15, 1956 (1956-11-15) (age 55)
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 Member of Parliament
Religion Buddhist

Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting (Chinese: 黃家定; pinyin: Huáng Jiādìng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ka-tēng) is a Malaysian politician and a former Minister of Housing and Local Government in the Malaysian cabinet. He is also the former President of the Malaysian Chinese Association and is the Member of Parliament for Kulai.

Early life

Ong was born on November 15, 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

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


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