List of Malaysian Chinese

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This is a list of prominent Malaysian Chinese people, categorised by profession.



  • Amber Chia (谢丽萍) – International model and actress
  • Angelica Lee Sin Je (李心洁) – award winning actress
  • Carmen Soo – International model and actress
  • Carrie Lee Sze Kei (李詩琪) – International Actress / Host; Miss Chinese Cosmos International 2004/05 Champion [ Phoenix TV Hong Kong ]
  • Chen Han Wei (Tan Hung Wee) – award-winning television actor based in Singapore
  • Christopher Lee (李銘順)- leading television actor in Singapore; has also acted in joint China-Taiwan-HK-Singapore productions
  • Isaac Hor 贺倾文- Online Personality / Host / Emcee
  • James Lee – Film director
  • James Wan – Film director
  • Ling Tan (Tan Mang Ling) – International model
  • Lyndel Soon – International actress
  • Tan Sri Dato' Michelle Yeoh (杨紫琼) – International actress
  • Ng Tian Hann – director
  • Phyllis Quek – television actress and singer based in Singapore
  • Tan Chui Mui – film director, has won an award in Pusan Film Festival 2006.
  • Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮) – Taiwan-based award winning director
  • Angie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
  • Hannah Tan, singer and actress
  • Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠) – television actress who has acted in Hong Kong movies and serials
  • Koe Yeet – television and movie actress
  • Crystal Lee – award winning child actress

Fine arts[edit]

  • Yong Mun Sen, 杨曼生 – (1896–1962) Kuching born Penangite watercolorist and Malaysian artist.The Father of Malaysian Painting. One of the founders of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or NAFA, Singapore, Penang Art Society. [1]
  • C. N. Liew – K.L. born Malaysian artist who took the traditional artform of Calligraphy to a whole new dimension with his creation of Surrealligraphy.


Business people[edit]




Early history[edit]

  • Hang Li Po – The wife of Malacca's Sultan Mansur Shah (1456–1477); related to the Ming royal court.
  • Chung Keng Quee – Leader of the "Five Associations" or Go-Kuan and the Hai San, Kapitan China of Perak and Penang, member of the Commission for the Pacification of Larut, founding member of the Perak State Council, appointed by Imperial patent of the Ch'ing Emperor as Tzu-cheng ta-fu, and Expectant Intendant of a Circuit of the fourth rank
  • Chung Thye Phin – Last Kapitan China of Perak, member of Perak State Council
  • Chung Kok Ming – Member of Perak State Council, member of the Federal Council of the Federated Malay States.
  • Yap Ah Loy – Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur.
  • Koh Lay Huan (甲必丹辜禮歡) – First Kapitan China Penang.
  • Tun Leong Yew Koh – First Malacca Governor.
  • Tan Hiok Nee – The wealthiest and most influential Chinese in Johor during 19th century, Johor Kapitan China, the second leader of the Ngee Heng Kongsi of Johor, one of the Kangchu Johor. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in Johor Bahru is name after him.
  • Wong Ah Fook – One of the most famous Kangchu Johor and Chinese Entrepreneur in Johor during 19th century. Jalan Wong Ah Fook in Johor Bahru is name after him.
  • Yap Ah Shak – Kapitan Cina of Petaling.
  • Yap Kwan Seng – Last Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Chinese Association[edit]

Democratic Action Party[edit]

Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia[edit]

People's Justice Party[edit]

Sarawak United Peoples' Party[edit]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chan Sow Lin 陳秀連
  2. ^ "Up close & personal with Pua Khein-Seng". Retrieved 19 October 2011.