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 and 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, post, and emcee
  • James Lee – film director
  • James Wan – film director
  • Michelle Yeoh – Malaysian/Chinese actress
  • Melvin Sia – Sarawak, Malaysian/Taiwan actor, model, host, singer
  • 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, 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
  • Shaun Chen(陈泓宇) – actor based in Singapore
  • Jesseca Liu (刘子绚) – actress
  • Chris Tong (童冰玉) – actress
  • Lawrence Wong (王冠逸) – Malaysian actor and singer with fan bases in Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand[1]
  • Samson Wong (黄旗龙) – Malaysian film director, actor, and singer, based in Singapore

Fine arts[edit]

  • Yong Mun Sen, 杨曼生 (1896–1962) –-Kuching born Penangite watercolorist and Malaysian artist; "father of Malaysian painting"; one of the founders of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or NAFA, Singapore, Penang Art Society[2]
  • C. N. Liew (born 1975) – K.L.-born artist who took the traditional artform of calligraphy to a whole new dimension with his creation of Surrealligraphy
  • Jayden Yoon Zeng Khai (born 1997) – Sabah-born painter and pianist. Winner of "Malaysia's Top 10 Outstanding Awards" (2012-2014) by Disney Pixar[3]
  • Chang Fee Ming (born 1959) – Terengganu-born watercolor painter
  • Red Hong Yi - Sabah-born artist and architectural designer[4]



Business people[edit]

Medicine, science and technology[edit]

  • Wu Lien-teh 伍连德 (1879–1960) – renowned plague fighter and pioneer in the modernization of China's public health system; first medical student of Chinese descent to study at University of Cambridge in 1896, after winning the Queen's Scholarship held in Singapore; first Malaysian Chinese nominated to receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine, in 1935[6]
  • Goh Peng Ooi – Malaysia's first tech billionaire; founder and Group Executive Chairman of Silverlake Axis, one of southeast Asia’s most valuable technology companies; PhD from University of Tokyo
  • Pua Khein-Seng (潘建成) – CEO of Phison Electronics Corporation, arguably one of the inventors of the USB flash drive[7]
  • Ng Choon Cheong – inventor of Rainbow Loom, a plastic loom used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets and charms



Early history[edit]

  • Hang Li Po – 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 – wealthiest and most influential Chinese in Johor during the 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 named after him
  • Wong Ah Fook – one of the most famous Kangchu Johor and Chinese Entrepreneur in Johor during the 19th century; Jalan Wong Ah Fook in Johor Bahru is named 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]




  • Datuk Lee Chong Wei – former world No.1 men's singles shuttler; record ten-time Malaysia Open winner; 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist; 2008 and 2012 Olympics silver medalist; World Championship silver and bronze medalist; Asian Games silver and bronze medalist; three-time All England Open champion; a total of 55 career titles won as of 2014
  • Eddy Choong – men's singles shuttler; brother of David E. L. Choong; four-time All-England Open champion
  • Wong Peng Soon – Malaysian-born men's singles shuttler who later represented Singapore; four-time All-England Open champion and record holder for the most Malaysia Open titles (8) won for over 60 years before being surpassed by Lee Chong Wei in 2013
  • David E. L. Choong – men's singles shuttler. Brother of Eddy Choong; All-England champion in 1951, 1952, and 1953
  • Ng Boon BeeAll-England Open men's doubles champion in 1965, 1966, and 1971; member of Malaysia's winning Thomas Cup team in 1967
  • Tan Yee Khan – All-England Open men's doubles champion with Ng Boon Bee in 1965 and 1966, and a member of Malaysia's winning Thomas Cup team in 1967
  • Tan Aik Huang – former All-England Open men's singles champion
  • Koo Kien Keat – former world No.1 men's doubles pair with Tan Boon Heong; Asian Games gold and silver medalist; World Championships silver and bronze medalist; All-England Open Champions; two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist in men's doubles and 2012 London Olympics semifinalists
  • Tan Boon Heong – former world No.1 men's doubles pair with Koo Kien Keat; Asian Games gold and silver medalist, World Championships silver and bronze medalist, All-England Open Champions, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, 2012 London Olympics semifinalists and former World Junior Champion
  • Chan Chong Ming – men's doubles shuttler; 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist; World Championships and Asian Games bronze medalist; two-time World Junior Champion
  • Chan Peng Soon – former world No.3 mixed doubles pair with Goh Liu Ying
  • Goh Liu Ying – former world No.3 mixed doubles pair with Chan Peng Soon
  • Wong Mew Choo – former world No.7 women's singles shuttler; 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist; wife to Lee Chong Wei as of 2012
  • Cheah Soon Kit – former world no.1 men's doubles shuttler; 1996 Olympics silver medalist with Yap Kim Hock, member of Malaysia's 1992 winning Thomas cup team, World Cup and World Grand Prix gold medalist, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalist, World Championships silver and bronze medalist and Asian Games silver medalist
  • Yap Kim Hock – men's doubles shuttler; 1996 Olympics silver medalist with Cheah Soon Kit; World Grand Prix gold medalist; Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalist; World Championship silver and bronze medalist; Asian Games bronze medalist
  • Wong Choong Hann – former world No.2 men's singles shuttler; 2003 World Championships silver medalist; Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze medalist
  • Ong Ewe Hock – former world No.2 men's singles shuttler; 1994 Commonwealth games silver medalist


  • Yeoh Ken Nee – won bronze medal in springboard diving at the 2002 and 2010 Asian Games
  • Ooi Tze Liang – won gold medal in springboard and silver medal in platform at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Leong Mun Yee – won bronze medal in springboard diving at the 2006 Asian Games


  • Alex Lim – won gold medal in backstroke at the 1998 Asian games, silver medal in backstroke at 2002 Commonwealth games


  • Soh Chin Aun – former captain of Malaysia's national football team
  • Lim Teong Kim – retired Malaysian football player; former assistant coach of Bayern Munich U-19 team
  • Datuk Ong Kim Swee – head coach of Malaysia national football team


  • Josiah Ng – won silver medals in track cycling at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Asian Games; won gold medal in track cycling at 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Ng Joo Ngan – former Commonwealth Games cycling champion


  • Chung Thye Yong – first Chinese rugby player in Malaysia; first racehorse owner in the country
  • Chung Kok Ming – one of the finest tennis players in the country during his time – first Asian committee member of Perak Turf Club
  • Alex Yoong – Formula One racer



See also[edit]