Minister of Transport Malaysia

Speaking Session

16 Dec 2021, Thursday

9.00 am - 10.00 am

Short Biography

DATUK SERI IR DR WEE KA SIONG has served as Minister of Transport since his appointment on 11 March 2020 under the Perikatan Nasional government of Prime Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Under his leadership, the logistics and transport industry has weathered the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic during the Movement Control Order which started on 18 March 2020. He has made helping the transport-related operators and associations a priority while keeping transport infrastructure development on track.

Dr Wee had also served previously as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from June 2014 to May 2018, developing policies on SME business, micro-credit programmes, and leading development of Chinese New Villages. Prior to this post, he formerly held the portfolio of Deputy Education Minister from 2008 to 2013.

Born 20 October 1968 in Jasin, Malacca, Dr Wee has served in various capacities as a leader in the Malaysian political landscape since the mid-1990s He was elected President of the Malaysian Chinese Association in 2018. Before holding the top post, he was also elected to one term from 2008 to 2013 as the party’s national Youth chairman prior to being the party’s Deputy President.

He has been the Member of Parliament for the Ayer Hitam constituency for four consecutive terms since 2004 and chairs the National Education Consultative Committee and as state liaison chief for Johor.

Dr Wee’s passion for education development is further reflected by his affiliation with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, whom he advises as council member. He is also a council member with the Malaysian Qualification Agency and serves as an active member on several professional engineers’ organisations including the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM) and Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia (REAAA).

He graduated in civil engineering and later earned a doctorate in transportation planning from Malaysia Technology University before spending over a decade as a professional civil engineer.