PETALING JAYA: Gerakan has gained additional posts of one deputy minister and one parliamentary secretary in the new Cabinet line-up.
Gerakan secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye has been appointed Deputy Internal Security Minister and party deputy Youth chief Lee Kah Choon the Health Ministry parliamentary secretary.
However, former Deputy Land and Development Co-operative Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong is not retained in the line-up.
Youth chief Mah Siew Keong was made Deputy International and Industry Trade Minister, taking over from the party’s deputy president, Datuk Kerk Choo Ting.
Kerk was appointed deputy minister in the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
Gerakan central committee member and Batu MP Ng Lip Yong was given the post of Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry parliamentary secretary.
Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who was made Energy, Water and Communications Minister, thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his confidence in the party’s leaders and for giving him a bigger portfolio “which demands a bigger responsibility.”
“It is a bigger challenge and I take on this challenge,” he said.
Chia, in thanking Abdullah and Dr Lim for their confidence in giving him such an important and heavy responsibility, said he had a lot to learn about the ministry and pledged to do his best.
Mah said he was grateful to the party leadership and Abdullah for having the trust and confidence in him.
“MITI (Ministry of International and Industry Trade) is a challenging ministry and there are a lot of things I have to learn,” he said.
Lee said he would like to thank the people, the party leadership and Abdullah because without them, he would not be where he was today.
He added that it would be a challenge for him and the ministry would be something new to him.
Dr Tan, who is Segambut MP, said he was disappointed not to be included in the line-up but said that as a faithful party member, he would accept the decision.