Friday June 4, 2010
Chee Leong prefers to let his work do the talking
By LESTER KONG
PUTRAJAYA: “Talk less, work more.”
This is the work philosophy of newly-appointed Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, who describes himself as a quiet man and “nothing special”. He would rather have his work speak for him.
Lee, 53, spends most of his weekends visiting his constituents and helping them solve their problems in his parliamentary seat of Kampar, Perak.
“I even have breakfast at different places and villages to be in touch with my constituents. If they have any problems, even in the coffeeshop, they can see me.
“I prefer direct contact with my constituents. If you help them, they will feel touched by your sincerity. It’s all about sincerity,” the Bristol Polytechnic accounting and finance graduate told The Star yesterday.
The first-term MP, who was Deputy Foreign Minister from April last year until a minor Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, has taken his portfolio change in stride.
“It is a very different ministry. But every ministry is important. Every ministry has its own role to play,” he said, adding that he looked forward to working with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his deputy Datuk Wira Abu Seman.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), I met Datuk Seri Hishammuddin and he briefed me on what to expect.
He declined to comment on his new post but said helping the Government expedite the citizenship application process would be a major issue to pursue.
Upon returning to Malaysia after five years (1977 to 1982) in the UK, Lee worked at his family’s sawmilling business in Tanjung Tualang and became active in MCA in the late 1980s.
He wrested the Tanjung Tualang state seat from DAP in 1990 and held it for four terms.
A member of the MCA presidential council, Lee garnered the most votes (1,430) out of 86 contestants to become one of 25 central committee member at the March 28 party election.