Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (centre) chairs his first press conference after being appointed the new Transport Minister at MCA headquarters today.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for appointing two ministers and three deputy ministers from the party.
He said the Prime Minister wanted MCA to represent the Chinese community in the Cabinet.
“We promise to work hard to ensure that the Prime Minister is successful in his transformation of the country.
“We also know that many challenges lie ahead, including for MCA, and we will have to redouble our efforts so that the party is able to transform itself,” said Liow at a press conference this afternoon at Wisma MCA today.
Najib announced Liow as Transport Minister, while Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Three MCA vice-presidents are appointed deputy ministers: Datuk Datuk Lee Chee Leong as Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Chua Tee Yong as Deputy Finance Minister and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun as Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
Liow said his first priority as Transport Minister was to solve the long-drawn MH370 issue.
On possible backlash from voters for accepting the ministerial posts despite poor performance in the last general election, Liow said the public now understands that it was a decision by the previous MCA leadership.
Liow also expressed confidence that MCA will be an effective and equal partner in Barisan Nasional (BN).
“BN always go by consensus in any political decisions.
“MCA will continue to be critical of the government as a responsible partner in BN,” said Liow, adding that the party will listen to the people.
Meanwhile, the appointments have received much criticism from the Opposition.
Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming said the Malaysian Cabinet was a world record with 10 ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department and only served as a wastage of public funds.
Citing a comparison, he said Japan only had 16 ministers with a population of 120 million people, about four times the population of Malaysia.
“The Cabinet reshuffle is merely to serve BN’s political interests and will increase the financial burden on taxpayers.
“The appointment of Lee Chee Leong and Chew Mei Fun also proves that despite being rejected by the voters, BN leaders can still enter the Cabinet through the back door.
“Such a back door policy is a mockery of democracy,” said Nga.