Chong Chieng Jen

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Chong Chieng Jen
Chong Chieng Jen during Malaysian GE 13.jpg
Chong in 2013
Opposition leader of Sarawak State Assembly
Assumed office
10 June 2013
Preceded by Wong Ho Leng
Vice chairman of Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
16 December 2012
Chairman of Sarawak Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
10 June 2013
Preceded by Wong Ho Leng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bandar Kuching
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded by Song Swee Guan (SUPP-BN)
Majority 2041 (2004)
9,952 (2008)
19,642 (2013)
Member of the Sarawak State Assembly
for Kota Sentosa
Assumed office
20 May 2006
Preceded by Constituency established
Majority 531 (2006)
4,824 (2011)
Personal details
Born (1971-02-12) 12 February 1971 (age 46)
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party DAPPakatan Rakyat
Children 1 son and two daughters
Alma mater Australian National University
Occupation Politician

Chong Chieng Jen, (simplified Chinese: 张健仁; traditional Chinese: 張健仁; pinyin: Zhāng Jiàn Rén; born 12 February 1971), is a Malaysian lawyer and politician from the Democratic Action Party (DAP). He owns a legal firm named Chong Brothers Advocates. He is currently the member of Malaysian Parliament for Bandar Kuching seat and the member of the Sarawak State Assembly for Kota Sentosa. He is also the Vice-Chairman 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 2000 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 Datuk 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]


  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.