CHENDERIANG assemblyman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon has no time to waste after being chosen to lead five important portfolios as a state executive councillor.
The Perak MCA chief said he has a heavy responsibility to shoulder after making a comeback into the state exco after a year.
He would be in charge of the state health, non-Islamic affairs, Chinese new villages, public transportation and national integration committees.
The cardiologist said he would do his best to ensure the areas under his responsibility would be taken care of.
“The break allowed me to reflect and observe issues from the outside. I am now able to provide better services to the community,” he said after launching a rice dumpling competition organised by the Ipoh Timur Wanita MCA division at the New She Lai Ton restaurant in Ipoh on Sunday.
As the health committee chairman, Dr Mah said he hoped that cardiac surgery would be made available at the cardiology unit of the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.
“The angioplasty services and so on are available, but the unit will be complete once cardiac surgery is performed.
“There is also a need to create awareness on tuberculosis and dengue, both of which are chronic diseases,” he said.
On the non-Islamic affairs and national integration portfolios, Dr Mah said that both committees must work closely as well.
“We will also engage the various stakeholders in giving their views and ideas to strengthen peace and harmony,” he added.
Dr Mah was sworn in as the 10th state executive councillor on May 12 before the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar.
On the rice dumpling competition, Dr Mah said Malaysia was the third country after China and Taiwan to ensure the Chinese education system, its culture and tradition are maintained.
He said he hoped to see more of such competitions being held, to ensure the tradition is maintained for the younger generation to appreciate.
Ipoh Timur Wanita MCA chief Kat Wong said 14 teams participated in the competition.
She said the competition was held to celebrate the Dumpling Festival, and also to remind the people that despite the current political tension, the cultures and traditions of the Chinese community must be preserved.
“The competition also serves to foster goodwill among the women groups from the government and non-governmental organisations.
“I also want to tell women out there to become decision makers, grab the wonderful job opportunities, and become good leaders,” said Wong.