Wee Jeck Seng

Dato' Sri Dr. Wee Jeck Seng (Chinese: 黃日昇; pinyin: Huáng Rìshēng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ûiⁿ Ji̍t-seng; born 20 April 1964) is a Malaysian politician. He is a member of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition which is aligned with the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition who has served as Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities I for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin from August 2021 to November 2022. He served his first term in the PN administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Khairuddin Razali from March 2020 to August 2021 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanjung Piai since November 2019 after the death of Mohamed Farid Md Rafik and from March 2008 to May 2018.[1] He served as Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the BN administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak as well as former Ministers Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Ahmad Shabery Cheek from March 2008 to his defeat in the 2010 MCA leadership election in June 2010 and Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pekan Nanas from March 2004 to March 2008.

Wee Jeck Seng
SSAP DMSM MP
黄日昇
Ministerial roles
2008–2010Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
2020–2022Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2018Barisan Nasional
2019–Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Johor State Legislative Assembly
2004–2008Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2017–2018Chairman of Labuan Port Authority (LPA)
Personal details
Born (1964-04-20) 20 April 1964
Pontian Kechil, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
SpouseLin Ruyun
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Sunderland
Northern University of Malaysia
OccupationPolitician
Websiteybweejeckseng.blogspot.com
Wee Jeck Seng on Facebook
Wee Jeck Seng
Traditional Chinese黃日昇
Simplified Chinese黄日升

Background

Wee was born on 20 April 1964 at his hometown in Pontian, Johor. He is married to Lin Ruyun. He graduated with Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Sunderland.[2][3] Wee received his Doctorate in Public Management from Universiti Utara Malaysia in 2019.[4]

Political career

Wee was first elected as member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly for Pekan Nanas constituency for one term from 2004 to 2008.[5] Prior to Wee's election, he was MCA president Ong Ka Ting's political secretary.[6] Wee was elected to federal Parliament in the 2008 general election for the seat of Tanjong Piai.[7] Wee was nominated for the seat by MCA after it was vacated by Ong to contest Kulai seat.

Immediately after his election to the Dewan Rakyat, Parliament in 2008, Wee was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the government of prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[8] He retained his appointment when incoming prime minister Najib Razak reshuffled the ministry in April 2009.[9] However, he was dropped from the ministry in June 2010 following MCA leadership elections.[10]

Wee won and retained his Tanjong Piai parliamentary seat in the 2013 general election but lost his parliamentary seat to Mohamed Farid Md Rafik from the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) of Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 2018 general election.[11][4]

In November 2019, Wee managed to return as an opposition MP for Tanjung Piai after he was chosen by the BN as their candidate again to contest the 2019 Tanjung Piai by-election set-upon by the sudden death of incumbent Mohamed Farid[4] and won the six-cornered polls with a landslide majority of 15,086 votes.[12][13]

Controversy

In the 2019 Tanjung Piai by-election campaigning time where Wee was a candidate then, he was accused of wasting public funds recklessly during his term as Labuan Port Authority (LPA) chairman from 2017 to 2018 by his successor Chan Foong Hin.[14][15] It was disclosed under Wee, the LPA had committed to a three-year tenancy for an office at Menara UOA, in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur which was never occupied that would amount to RM526,836.96 and had splurged on its renovations included a high-tech toilet with auto/smart toilet bowl, in which the bill came up to RM343,180.50.[16][17]

Election results

Johor State Legislative Assembly[7]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 N55 Pekan Nenas Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 15,395 75.80% Tan Hang Meng (DAP) 4,233 20.84% 20,309 11,162 76.33%
Parliament of Malaysia[7][18][19][20]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P165 Tanjung Piai, Johor Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 23,302 65.52% Ahmad Ton (DAP) 10,931 30.74% 35,564 12,371 77.82%
2013 Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 25,038 54.88% Mahdzir Ibrahim (DAP) 19,581 42.92% 45,622 5,457 87.90%
2018 Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 20,731 46.12% Md Farid Md Rafik (BERSATU) 21,255 47.29% 45,858 524 85.67%
Nordin Othman (PAS) 2,962 6.59%
2019 Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 25,486 65.60% Karmaine Sardini (BERSATU) 10,380 26.74% 38,815 15,086 74.43%
Wendy Subramaniam (GERAKAN) 1,707 4.40%
Badhrulhisham Abd Aziz (BERJASA) 850 2.19%
Ang Chuan Lock (IND) 380 0.98%
Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar (IND) 32 0.08%
2022 Wee Jeck Seng (MCA) 23,593 43.22 Lim Wei Jiet (MUDA) 17,233 31.57% 55,106 6,360 77.23%
Najwah Halimah Ab Alim (BERSATU) 13,762 25.21%

Honours

  •  Malacca :
    • Companion Class I of the Exalted Order of Malacca (DMSM) - Datuk (2009)[21]
  •  Pahang :
    • Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP) - Dato' Sri (2016)[22]

References

  1. "Doggy Wee". Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  2. "Wee Jeck Seng". Malaysian Chinese Association. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  3. Muhammad Ariff Mohamad Nizam (30 January 2013). "Malaysian Representatives alpha : Wee Jeck Seng". #MyMP UndiMsia! Sinar Project. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. Nelson Benjamin (30 October 2019). "MCA's Wee Jeck Seng to contest Tg Piai again for BN". The Star Online. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  5. Li, Lam (20 April 2004). "Ong vows to serve people". Star Publications. The Star. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  6. "MCA President Moves To Kulai, End of the Road For Deputy Chief". Bernama. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  7. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 March 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  8. "Cabinet Can Discharge Responsibility Effectively – Ghani". Berita Wilayah. Bernama. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  9. "Najib Announces 28-member Cabinet". Bernama. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  10. Tan, Joceline (2 June 2010). "Winds of change in Cabinet". The Star. Star Publications. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  11. "Touting Malay wave, doctor poses strongest challenge yet to MCA's last bastion". Malaysiakini. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  12. "Barisan Nasional wins Tg Piai by-election with 15,086 vote majority". The Star Online. 16 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  13. "Wee Jeck Seng sworn in as Tanjung Piai MP". The Star Online. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  14. "BN's Tanjung Piai candidate wasted public funds, says Labuan Port chairman". Free Malaysia Today. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  15. "Don't ask about LPA, focus on by-election - Wee Jeck Seng". Malaysiakini. Malaysians Must Know The Truth. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  16. "Jeck Seng put office renovation before boosting services, says Labuan port boss". The Malaysian Insight. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  17. Hariz Mohd. (13 November 2019). "LPA sewa pejabat kosong, pasang tandas pintar ketika diketuai Wee" (in Malay). Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  18. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  19. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  20. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  21. "MB Perak ketuai senarai penerima darjah kebesaran Melaka". Bernama (in Malay). The Star (Malaysia). 10 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  22. "200 terima darjah kebesaran, pingat negeri Pahang". Bernama (in Malay). Berita Harian. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
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