Ling 'relieved and lighter' after short break in Australia


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, who resigned as Transport Minister and MCA president two weeks ago, is feeling “relieved and lighter” after a week-long holiday in Australia. 

“I feel relieved and much lighter. It was a good holiday,” Dr Ling, looking fresh and cheerful, told reporters before chairing Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) finance committee meeting here yesterday. He still holds the chairmanship of Utar, a university managed by the MCA. 

Asked if the holiday Down Under was enough, he said that he was supposed to have gone to Scotland for an extended holiday but his parliamentary duties had prevented him.  

“There is a day in the next parliamentary sitting (beginning this month) where all MPs have to attend. I cannot miss the sitting, so I decided to come back,” said the Labis MP. 

Dr Ling left for Australia the day after he relinquished his positions in the Cabinet and the party. 

He had said that although he had decided to relinquish his position in the MCA and the Government, he would not take leave from his parliamentary post and duties. 

“I cannot just not go for the parliamentary sitting. Now I’ve the time to pick when I want to go on a holiday. But I will also concentrate on Utar,” he added. 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE:Dr Ling receiving a cheque for RM1.5mil from Sports TOTO Executive Director Datuk Robin Tan.Looking on are Utar Chairman Datuk Dr Ng Lay Swee and Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn.-Bernamapic

Dr Ling also said he would always have fond memories of his Labis parliamentary constituency, an area which he has served for four terms. 

He said he had grown attached to the town, the villages, Felda settlements and its people, many of whom he watched “grow up and grow old” including the orang asli community, with whom he enjoyed a warm relationship. 

He said this at a dinner to honour senior citizens at Bekok on Thursday night.  

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