Chong Chieng Jen

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Chong Chieng Jen

Chong Chieng Jen during Malaysian GE 13.jpg
Chong in 2013
Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Assumed office
2 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterSaifuddin Nasution Ismail
Preceded byHenry Sum Agong
Vice Chairperson of Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
16 December 2012
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
ChairmanTan Kok Wai
Opposition Leader of Sarawak State Assembly
Assumed office
10 June 2013
GovernorAbdul Taib Mahmud
Chief MinisterAbang Abdul Rahman Zohari
Preceded byWong Ho Leng
ConstituencyKota Sentosa
Chairperson of Democratic Action Party (Sarawak)
Assumed office
10 June 2013
DeputyDavid Wong Kee Woan
Preceded byWong Ho Leng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Stampin
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byJulian Tan Kok Ping (DAP-PR)
Majority14,221 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bandar Kuching
In office
21 March 2004 – 9 May 2018
Preceded bySong Swee Guan (SUPP-BN)
Succeeded byKelvin Yii Lee Wuen (DAP-PH)
Majority2,041 (2004)
9,952 (2008)
19,642 (2013)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Kota Sentosa
Assumed office
20 May 2006
Preceded byConstituency established
Majority531 (2006)
4,824 (2011)
2,819 (2016)
Personal details
Chong Chieng Jen

(1971-02-12) 12 February 1971 (age 48)
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Spouse(s)Tan Hui Poh
Children1 son and two daughters
Alma materAustralian National University

Chong Chieng Jen (simplified Chinese: 张健仁; traditional Chinese: 張健仁; pinyin: Zhāng Jiànrén; born 12 February 1971), is a Malaysian lawyer and politician from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) currently serving as the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs of Malaysia. He owns a legal firm named Chong Brothers Advocates. He is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) of Malaysia for Stampin and three-term assemblyman (MLA) of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Kota Sentosa. He was previously MP for the Bandar Kuching between 2004 and 2018. He is also a Vice-Chairperson of DAP Malaysia,[1] the Chairman of DAP Sarawak,[2] DAP Socialist Advisor of Youth Sarawak & Kuching, DAP Kuching Branch chairman and Life member of DAP since 1998.[3]

Personal life and education[edit]

He started his primary education in SJK Methodist, Sibu. He continued his education from Primary 3 to 5 at Kuching's Chung Hua Primary School No.3, and Primary 6 at SRK St. Theresa Padungan, Kuching. He continued his secondary education in SMK St. Joseph, Kuching and Saint Patrick's School, Singapore. He was admitted into Victoria Junior College, one of the top junior colleges in Singapore. He pursued his tertiary studies at the Australian National University, Canberra and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Economics) and Bachelor of Laws.[3]

Political career[edit]

He first took part in 1999 parliamentary election for Bandar Kuching as a DAP candidate but lost to SUPP candidate, Datuk Song Swee Guan.[4][5] In the following 2001 Pandungan state election, again, he lost to Lily Yong, a SUPP candidate.[6] However, he was elected as Democratic Action Party (DAP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bandar Kuching in 2004 with a 2,041 majority vote,[7] Sarawak state assemblyman for newly created seat of Kota Sentosa in 2006[8][9] and defended his parliamentary seat in 2008 with a bigger majority.[10] Once again, he defended his state assembly seat from Yap Chin Loi with a majority vote of 4,824 in 2011.

On 17 December 2012, during the DAP 16th National Congress, Chong is among the seven DAP leaders appointed to the Central Executive Committee (CEC).[11]

On 5 May 2013, he contested for the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat for the final time in the 13th Malaysian general election and retained the seat with an even larger majority of 19,642 against Tan Kai.[12]

On 7 May 2016, during the 11th Sarawak state election, Chong retained his Kota Sentosa state seat with a majority vote of 2,819 against Yap Yau Sin.[13]

On 12 November 2017, during the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-election, Chong was re-elected as one of five national vice-chairmen.[14][15]

Following then-incumbent Julian Tan Kok Ping's decision to retire from politics,[16] Chong moved to contest the Stampin parliamentary seat against SUPP President Sim Kui Hian in the 14th Malaysian general election on 9 May 2018, which was seen as a 'grey' or unsafe seat following redelineation by the Election Commission of Malaysia.[17] His special adviser Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen contested for Bandar Kuching seat.[18] Chong went on to win with a majority vote of 14,221.[19][20][21]

On 2 July 2018, Chong was sworn-in as the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.[22]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 5,913 17.39% Song Swee Guan (SUPP) 18,239 53.64% 34,693 8,389 63.06%
Dominique Ng Kim Ho (IND) 9,850 28.97%
2004 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 17,914 53.02% Wee Kok Tiong (SUPP) 15,873 46.98% 34,693 2,041 63.06%
2008 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 22,901 63.88% Sim Yaw Yen (SUPP) 12,949 36.12% 36,257 9,952 68.13%
2013 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 30,133 74.18% Tan Kai (SUPP) 10,491 25.82% 40,879 19,642 76.64%
2018 Stampin Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 33,060 63.70% Sim Kui Hian (SUPP) 18,839 36.30% 52,550 14,221 79.33%
Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2006 Kota Sentosa Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 6,579 52.10% Yap Chin Loi (SUPP) 6,048 47.90% 12,846 531 67.84%
2011 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 12,594 61.84% Yap Chin Loi (SUPP) 7,770 38.16% 20,589 4,824 75.41%
2016 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 10,047 58.16% Yap Yau Sin (SUPP) 7,228 41.84% 17,495 2,819 67.91%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kwan Yee, Kow (16 December 2012). "Karpal appointed DAP chairman for third time; Guan Eng remains sec-gen". The Star. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Chong Chieng Jen new state DAP chairman". The Borneo Post. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "DAP Candidate's CV – Chong Chieng Jen". Democratic Action Party. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  4. ^ "DAP blames defeat on its alliance with the Pas". New Straits Times. 1 December 1999. p. 4.
  5. ^ "DAP and Keadilan tussle over Stampin, Bandar Kuching seats". New Straits Times. 13 November 1999. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Sarawak State Election: The candidates". New Straits Times. 19 September 2001. p. 6.
  7. ^ "DAP benefited from SUPP candidate list dispute". New Straits Times. 23 March 2004. p. 14.
  8. ^ "Stiff challenges ahead". New Straits Times. 25 April 2006. p. 8.
  9. ^ Teo, John (27 May 2006). "Sarawak's minor quake is really a wake-up call". New Straits Times. p. 18.
  10. ^ "Voters make their intentions clear". New Straits Times. 9 March 2008. p. 9.
  11. ^ "Appointment is first step to penetrate Dayak areas: Anthony". The Sun Daily. 17 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Tan Kai says better to be pol-sec than election candidate". 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Sarawak DAP chairman retains Kota Sentosa".
  14. ^ "DAP re-election: Kok Wai elected national chairman, Gobind deputy". 12 November 2017.
  15. ^ "DAP CEC re-election: Kit Siang comes out on top, Gobind runner-up". 12 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Julian not defending Stampin in parliamentary polls — Chong". 5 September 2017.
  17. ^ "DAP's Chong Chieng Jen to contest Stampin parliamentary seat - Nation - The Star Online".
  18. ^ "Chong to leave 'safe' Bandar Kuching for 'grey' Stampin". 14 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Chong wins Stampin seat with 14,221 vote majority".
  20. ^ "Chong wins Stampin seat with 14,221-vote majority".
  21. ^ "GE14 : Official Sarawak P196 Stampin : Chong Chieng Jen wins". 9 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Cabinet Malaysia 2018". 2 July 2018.