Chong Eng

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Yang Berhormat Puan
Chong Eng
Member of the Penang State Assembly
for Padang Lalang
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded by Tan Cheong Heng
Member of Parliament
for Bukit Mertajam
In office
29 November 1999 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Tan Chong Keng (MCA)
Succeeded by Sim Chee Keong
Personal details
Born Chong Eng
(1957-07-06) 6 July 1957 (age 59)
Pahang, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party DAPPakatan Rakyat
Spouse(s) Gunabalan Krishnasamy
Children 2
Alma mater Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
Occupation Politician

Chong Eng (Chinese: 章瑛; pinyin: Zhāng Yīng; born on 6 July 1957), is a Malaysian politician for Democratic Action Party (DAP). She is currently the ADUN for Padang Lalang, Penang and an Exco in the Penang government. She was formerly the Member of Malaysian Parliament for Bukit Mertajam, Penang which she won since 1999 and held till 2013. She also served in the Women Crisis Center and Community AIDS Service Penang.[1] She also holds deputy head membership for Women's Parliamentary Caucus and sits as a Standing Order Committee member.[2] Chong Eng is currently the chairperson of the DAP Wanita, the women's wing of DAP. She is also the Deputy Secretary General for the party's Central Executive Committee.[1]


She is married to Gunabalan Krishnasamy who is an artist. The couple have two boys,[1] who are currently still schooling. One is studying engineering in a local college, while the other is in a Chinese-type Primary school.[citation needed]

Personal life and education[edit]

She was born in a Chinese new village in Pahang from a family of 10 siblings. She started her primary education in the only Chinese primary school in the village. She was also the first girl from the village to pursue her study in a local university, namely Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)). She eventually obtained her bachelor of Science degree in Human Development Studies from UPM. Now, she writes regularly in local Chinese dailies and have published three books.[1]

Political career[edit]

She started her political career as a full-time research officer in 1990 with DAP Penang. Chong won the Batu Lanchang state constituency in 1995 Malaysian general election and became the first women to be elected into the Penang State Assembly. She was the sole opposition representative in the state assembly at that time.[1]

Election results[edit]

Penang State Legislative Assembly[3][4]
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 N27 Batu Lancang Chong Eng (DAP) 7,570 49.72% Lee Boon Ten (Gerakan) 7,508 49.31% 15,449 62 76.48%
Tan Ban Yew (PBS) 148 0.97%
2004 N16 Perai Chong Eng (DAP) 4,477 46.92% K. Rajapathy (MIC) 5,060 53.03% 9,748 583 70.57%
2013 N15 Padang Lalang Tan Teik Cheng (MCA) 3,727 16.62% Chong Eng (DAP) 18,657 83.22% 22,585 14,930 87.43%
Parliament of Malaysia: P045 Bukit Mertajam, Penang[5]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Chong Eng (DAP) 26,874 52.84% Tan Chong Keng (MCA) 23,937 47.06% 51,967 2,937 78.02%
2004 Chong Eng (DAP) 26,215 59.18% Ma Kok Ben (MCA) 17,651 39.85% 45,442 8,564 77.37%
2008 Chong Eng (DAP) 27,817 55.75% Ong Tang Chuan (MCA) 22,050 44.20% 50,823 5,767 79.31%


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Chong Eng". Chong Eng blog. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chong Eng (Bukit Mertajam)". The Nut Graph. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  4. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Dewan Undangan Negeri 2013". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 11 May 2013.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  5. ^ "Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.