Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, RAHIMY RAHIM, TARRENCE TAN and FATIMAH ZAINAL
NEWLY-elected Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng was sworn in at the Dewan Rakyat.
Jeck Seng, 55, dressed in dark suit and red tie, took his oath of office before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof yesterday.
Mohd Ariff congratulated him for winning the parliamentary seat in the by-election on Saturday.
In his welcoming speech, the Speaker said the Dewan Rakyat was a highly-respected place in the country where laws that affect every Malaysian were enacted.
‘’Hopefully, you will be able to make useful and beneficial contributions and can serve excellently.
“Congratulations, once again, ’’ he added.
Jeck Seng is the second elected MP from the MCA.
The other is party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is Ayer Hitam MP.
Jeck Seng arrived at about 9.30am and was accompanied by Ka Siong into Parliament House for a dress rehearsal before the official ceremony began about half an hour later.
Jeck Seng also took the opportunity to ask his first question to a deputy minister during Question Time.
In his supplementary question to Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin, he asked what the ministry’s action to deal with food security was.
“What is the government’s move to ensure food security seeing as how we are still dependent on food imports?” he asked.
Sim replied: “We will do our best to ensure food security for the country as we have a population of about 32 million people that needs to eat three times a day.”
However, Sim’s answer drew the ire of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (GPS-Santubong), who demanded that Sim provided facts with his answer.
He then asked Sim what was being done to address the nation’s food security in light of climate change.
Sim repeated his earlier reply that there must be enough food to feed 32 million Malaysians three times a day.
He added that the global population was expected to reach nine billion by 2050, with climate change affecting 40% of the global food production.
William Leong (PH-Selayang) claimed that 90% of vegetable growers in the country were operating on TOL (temporary occupation licences) land.
Sim replied that the MPs should ask their respective state governments to offer long-term leases to vegetable growers in their states.