Kong: ‘I consider my posting as a challenge’

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Apr 2004


IPOH: Lumut MP Kong Cho Ha, who has been appointed Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, feels that the portfolio is “most appropriate” for him. 

Kong, a local graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, said he could use some of his knowledge and experience to bring about changes in the field. 

Sitiawan-born Kong expressed confidence in his new posting but considered it a challenge due to the rapid changes in the world of science and technology. 

The 53-year-old father of three boys, who used to teach before becoming a politician, said he needed time to digest his position in the new ministry and the departments under it. 

Kong Cho Ha

“The ministry does not have the environment portfolio anymore as it has been replaced with innovation. 

“This shows that the Prime Minister wants the country to be on par with others and not to be left behind in that area,” he said, adding that there were lots to do. 

Kong said the minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, who had a doctorate in electrical engineering, was a forward-looking individual, adding that he would be able to work well with him.  

The Lumut MCA division chief said that since his appointment as deputy minister was recommended by the MCA leadership, he pledged not to let the party down. 

Kong is the first MCA leader from the Manjung district to be given a federal ministerial posting after many years. 

He also said he would look into the interest of his constituents as they had put their trust in him when they voted for him. 

“I will ensure that the services in the constituency is upgraded as I am in a better position to solve their problems now,” he said.  

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