B Datuk Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong is a Malaysian statesman who has served as Member of Parliament of Ayer Hitam, Johor since 2004. He serves as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, tasked with the SME and micro-credit development and Chinese New Villages portfolio.He has also been Deputy Minister of Education of Malaysia since 2008. A qualified Civil Engineer and a member of the Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM), Dr Wee began his political career in the Johor Bahru Malaysian Chinese Association, which he joined in 1992. He was its Secretary General (Johor Bahru Division) from 1993 to 2005. Subsequently, he was elected as Johor Bahru’s MCA Majidi Branch Chairman from 1996 to 2008, the MCA Johor Bahru Division Youth Chief from 2002 to 2008 and the MCA Johor Bahru Division Chairman from 2008 till now. In 2005, during the National MCA Youth election, he was elected as the National MCA Youth Wing Secretary General, and was appointed as the National MCA Youth Education Bureau Chief for the term of 2005 to 2008. The year 2008 was one of significant milestones in Dr Wee’s political career. He was elected unopposed as the MCA Youth Chief for the 2008 to 2011 term. In the same year, he was also elected to lead the MCA Malacca State Liaison Committee and was appointed by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as a Deputy Minister of Education. Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Minister of Education, he was a Member of the National Economic Consultative Council (1999–2000) and took part in the formulation of the nation’s next ten-year economic plan from 2001 to 2010. He was also the Malaysia Youth Council Representative (2004–2005), a Johor Juvenile Court Adviser (2004-2006), and Director of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) from 2007 to 2009. In 2005, Dr Wee was awarded The Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Award (Politics, Governmental Affairs & Legal) by the Junior Chamber International Malaysia.