KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his confidence in the party line-up.
“We must work very hard to meet the Prime Minister's expectations,” said Chan who was reappointed Transport Minister.
He said the replacement of Datuk Chua Jui Meng with Johor MCA chief Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek as Health Minister was part of an “inevitable renewal process.”
Dr Chua, who described the Health Ministry as very important, said it must be patient-friendly so that the people would recognise the Government's services.
“I thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting for having confidence in me,” said Dr Chua, who is a medical doctor.
New Deputy Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Wong Kam Hoong described his appointment as “interesting and challenging” by virtue of Malaysia being a multi-racial and cultural society.
He pledged to do his best especially in preserving the rich and diversified Malaysian heritage.
Lumut MP Kong Cho Ha, appointed Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, described the appointment as a new responsibility and pledged to give his best.
Wanita MCA deputy head Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew, appointed International Trade and Industry parliamentary secretary said: “I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz who is a very experienced minister.”
New Women, Family and Community Development parliamentary secretary Chew Mei Fun said the position would allow her to improve her work.
“I have been working on women's issues for some time. I was the leader of the Chinese Women Leaders Caucus and enjoy a very good working relationship with Chinese women non-governmental organisations,” she added.
MCA Youth deputy chief Hoo Seong Chang, appointed Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry parliamentary secretary, said he was grateful for the chance to serve in the Government.
“It is a surprise and I must work very hard to fulfil everyone's expectations,” Hoo said.
Federal Territory Ministry parliamentary secretary Yew Teong Look said the appointment was a new challenge and a great responsibility.
“I'll work hard with my colleagues to turn the Federal Territory into a world class city by 2020,'' said the Wangsa Maju MP.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat, who was re-appointed Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, said the party's line-up reflected the injection of young blood into the party.
Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, re-appointed Deputy Information Minister, said the MCA appointments were in line with Abdullah's aim of bringing in new people.
Datuk Hon Choon Kim, re-appointed Deputy Education Minister, thanked Abdullah and pledged to continue to do his best.
Former Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, who asked not to be re-appointed, said he would spend more time serving his Alor Star parliamentary constituency.
“I thank the MCA leadership, especially former president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, for the guidance and giving me the chance to serve in the Government for over a decade,” he said.