Ong Ka Ting

Ong Ka Ting (simplified Chinese: 黄家定; traditional Chinese: 黃家定; pinyin: Huáng Jiādìng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ka-tēng; born 15 November 1956) is a Malaysian politician. He was the former Housing and Local Government Minister from 1999 to 2008 and Acting Transport Minister from May to June 2003 in the Malaysian cabinet. Ong also served as the seventh President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a major component party in Barisan Nasional (BN); from May 2003 to October 2008. He was appointed Special Envoy of Malaysia to China in 1 November 2011.[1] The appointment was terminated by the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2018.[2][3]

Ong Ka Ting

7th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
In office
23 May 2003  18 October 2008
Preceded byLing Liong Sik
Succeeded byOng Tee Keat
Special Envoy of Malaysia to China
In office
1 November 2011  31 December 2017
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Preceded byMusa Hitam
Succeeded byTan Kok Wai
Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
15 December 1999  18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy1. Peter Chin Fah Kui (1999-2004)
2. M. Kayveas (2001-2003)
3. Azizah Mohd Dun (2004-2008)
4. Robert Lau Hoi Chew (2004-2008)
Preceded byTing Chew Peh
Succeeded byOng Ka Chuan
Tanjong Piai
Minister of Health
In office
2 January 2008  18 March 2008
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyAbdul Latiff Ahmad
Preceded byChua Soi Lek
Succeeded byLiow Tiong Lai
ConstituencyTanjong Piai
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
In office
4 May 1995  14 December 1999
Serving with 1. Megat Junid Megat Ayub (1995-1997)
2. Azmi Khalid (1997-1999)
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyAbdul Latiff Ahmad
Preceded byMegat Junid Megat Ayub
Succeeded byZainal Abidin Zin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kulai
In office
8 March 2008  3 April 2013
Preceded byLim Si Cheng (MCA - BN)
Succeeded byTeo Nie Ching (DAP - PR)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tanjong Piai
In office
21 March 2004  13 February 2008
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byWee Jeck Seng (MCA - BN)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pontian
In office
21 October 1990  10 March 2004
Preceded byLaw Lai Heng @ Go Lai Heng (MCA - BN)
Succeeded byHasni Mohammad (UMNO - BN)
Majority9,384 (1990)
32,151 (1995)
29,910 (1999)
Personal details
Born (1956-11-15) 15 November 1956
Lenggong, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Wendy Chong Siew Mei (张秀梅)
RelationsYounger brother of Ong Ka Chuan
ChildrenOng Li En
Ong Xing Yang
Alma materUniversity of Malaya (UM)

Early life

Ong was born on 15 November 1956 in Lenggong, Perak. He graduated from University of Malaya, majoring in Mathematics and Science in 1980. He began his career as a teacher in Catholic High School in Petaling Jaya from 1981 until 1986.[4]

He is married to Puan Sri Wendy Chong Siew Mei. The couple have two children – Chloe Ong Li En and Ong Xing Yang.

MCA former secretary-general for twice, Ong Ka Chuan, is his elder brother.

Political career

From 1986 until 1990, Ong was the political secretary to the then Minister of Transport. After winning the general elections in 1990, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health from 26 October 1990 until 24 February 1991. Ong was next appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs from 25 February 1991 through April 1995, before being promoted to be the Deputy Minister of the same Ministry on 3 May 1993.

In 1999, he was promoted to become a full-fledged minister leading the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, a position he held until 2008. In 2004, he retained his parliamentary seat of Tanjung Piai with a 23,615 votes majority over the opposition candidate. In January 2008, he was appointed as Acting Health Minister following the resignation of Dr. Chua Soi Lek who was involved in a sex scandal.

In the 2008 general election, Ong succeeded in his bid for the Kulai Parliamentary seat. However, the election was marked by heavy losses for the ruling coalition, especially among candidates from the MCA and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC). In the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, Ong was not retained as a member of the Cabinet by his request, as he wanted to focus his energies in restructuring and re-engineering the MCA to win back Chinese voters' support. His former Cabinet portfolio was handed over to his elder brother, Ong Ka Chuan, who was MCA Secretary-General, Perak MCA chief and MP of Tanjung Malim in Perak.

In 2008, he had left the presidency of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) and had given the highest post of president to Ong Tee Keat on 18 October 2008 after the successful party election.

On 17 March 2010, Ong Ka Ting announced his intention to contest for the party's presidency in the 28 March party elections after leaving the post for one and a half years. He was defeated by Dr. Chua Soi Lek.[5] In 2013, Ong retired as a Member of Parliament, having decided not to recontest his parliamentary seat in the 2013 general election.[6]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[7][8]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P133 Pontian, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 24,362 61.93% Gan Peck Cheng (DAP) 14,978 38.07% 41,637 9,384 75.06%
1995 P144 Pontian, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 37,230 88.00% Saleh @ Daud Hassan (S46) 5,079 12.00% 44,772 32,151 74.07%
1999 Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 38,169 82.21% Diong Chi Tzuoh (PKR) 8,259 17.79% 48,055 29,910 74.43%
2004 P165 Tanjong Piai, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 28,046 86.36% Tan Hang Meng (DAP) 4,431 13.64% 33,938 23,615 76.14%
2008 P163 Kulai, Johor. Ong Ka Ting (MCA) 32,017 61.23% Ng Pack Siong (DAP) 20,273 38.77% 53,676 11,744 79.69%


Honours of Malaysia


  1. "PM Umum Pelantikan Ong Ka Ting Sebagai Duta Khas Ke China". mStar (in Malay). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. Justin Ong (7 July 2018). "Report: Putrajaya axing special envoys, advisers". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. "Ong bows out of special envoy role". mStar. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. "Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting (President from May 2003 – October 2008)" (PDF). Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. "MCA Polls: Live updates - Soi Lek is new MCA president". The Star. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  6. Chua, Sue-Ann (28 April 2013). "GE13: Ka Ting lends weight to Kulai contest of contrasts". Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  7. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  8. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  9. "1,849 conferred royal awards". The Star. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  10. "Khir: Developed status should spur others on". The Star. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  11. "Y.B. Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting : D.P.M.S. - Laman Web Rasmi Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Selangor". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ling Liong Sik
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) President
23 May 2003 – 18 October 2008
Succeeded by
Ong Tee Keat
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