Nga Kor Ming

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Nga Kor Ming
Nga Kor Ming as Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Malaysia 2018.jpg
Nga in 2018
Minister of Local Government Development
Assumed office
3 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyAkmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir
Preceded byReezal Merican Naina Merican
(Minister of Housing and Local Government)
ConstituencyTeluk Intan
Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat
In office
16 July 2018 – 13 July 2020
Serving with Mohd Rashid Hasnon
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Muhyiddin Yassin
SpeakerMohamad Ariff Md Yusof
Preceded byIsmail Mohamed Said
Succeeded byAzalina Othman Said
ConstituencyTeluk Intan
Member of the
Perak State Executive Council
(Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport)
In office
28 March 2008 – 10 February 2009
MonarchAzlan Shah
Menteri BesarMohammad Nizar Jamaluddin
Preceded byZambry Abdul Kadir
Chang Ko Youn
(Local Government, Housing and Public Transport)
Succeeded byMohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid
Mah Hang Soon
(Local Government and Public Transport)
Zambry Abdul Kadir (Housing)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Teluk Intan
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byMah Siew Keong
Majority11,179 (2018)
15,169 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Taiping
In office
8 March 2008 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byM. Kayveas
Succeeded byTeh Kok Lim
Majority11,298 (2008)
11,745 (2013)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Kepayang
Assumed office
19 November 2022
Preceded byKo Chung Sen
Majority9,491 (2022)
In office
5 May 2013 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byLoke Chee Yan
Succeeded byKo Chung Sen
Majority4,604 (2013)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Aulong
In office
9 May 2018 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byLeow Thye Yih
Succeeded byTeh Kok Lim
Majority12,064 (2018)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Pantai Remis
In office
29 November 1999 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byWong Chong Sang
Succeeded byWong May Ing
Majority2,447 (1999)
2,303 (2004)
5,706 (2008)
National Vice Chairman of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
Secretary-GeneralAnthony Loke Siew Fook
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
3rd Parliamentary Leader of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
Secretary-GeneralAnthony Loke Siew Fook
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
Preceded byAnthony Loke Siew Fook
Deputy Secretary-General of the
Democratic Action Party
In office
12 November 2017 – 20 March 2022
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
Preceded byNgeh Koo Ham
Succeeded byLiew Chin Tong
Personal details
Nga Kor Ming

(1972-11-11) 11 November 1972 (age 50)
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
(since 1999)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
Barisan Nasional (BN)
(aligned:since 2022)
SpouseWong Seow Ching
RelationsNgeh Koo Ham (cousin)
Residence(s)Ayer Tawar, Perak, Malaysia
Alma materUniversiti Malaya
WebsiteNga Kor Ming official
Nga Kor Ming on Facebook
Nga Kor Ming on Parliament of Malaysia
Nga Kor Ming

David Nga Kor Ming (Chinese: 倪可敏; born 11 November 1972) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Local Government Development in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2022.[1] He served as Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat under former Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof from July 2018 to his resignation in July 2020. He was also a member of the Perak State Executive Council (EXCO) in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state administration under former Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin from March 2008 to the collapse of the administration in February 2009. He has also served as the Member of Parliament for Teluk Intan since May 2018 and for Taiping from March 2008 to May 2018. He has been a Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly for Kepayang from May 2013 to May 2018, and again since November 2022, for Aulong from May 2018 to November 2022, and for Pantai Remis from November 1999 to March 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH coalition.[2] [3] He has also served as National Vice Chairman and 3rd Parliamentary Leader of DAP since March 2022, and State Chairman of DAP of Perak. He served as Deputy Secretary-General of DAP from November 2017 to March 2022.

Personal life[edit]

Nga Kor Ming was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia,[4][5] His family origin was of Fuzhou origin (his mother was from Kelantan) and stayed at Ayer Tawar when they came to Malaya. He and his family are Methodists[citation needed] and he was christened to David by the late Rev. Koh Gie Bing. His wife is also from Ayer Tawar; they have three children.

Education and professional career[edit]

Nga Kor Ming received a Bachelor of Laws from Universiti Malaya. Before his appointment to the Perak executive council, he practised as a lawyer in Ayer Tawar and also in Ipoh, Perak.

In 2007, he was recognised as one of Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians by the International Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the category of 'Politics and Government'. This award was notable as it rarely goes to opposition politicians.[6]

Political career[edit]

Nga made his election debut and had been Perak State Assemblyman for Pantai Remis for three terms since the 1999, 2004 and 2008 General Elections. He became Member of Parliament for Taiping, Perak after defeating President of the People's Progressive Party (PPP), M. Kayveas with a majority of 11,298 votes in the 2008 General Election too on 8 March 2008. In 2008, with the formation of the Perak government by the coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS (known as Pakatan Rakyat) (PR), Nga was appointed to the state executive committee, with the portfolios of Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport. Perak had previously been ruled continuously by the Barisan Nasional (BN) (or its predecessor the Alliance) since the independence of Malaya (later Malaysia) in 1957. In the 2013 General Election, he was reelected in the Taiping parliamentary seat and won the Perak state seat of Kepayang too. In the 2018 General Election, he won the Parliament for the seat of Teluk Intan by defeating the incumbent, Mah Siew Keong of BN and the Perak state seat of Aulong concurrently.

Controversies and issues[edit]

Racial Remarks[edit]

In 2011, Nga Kor Ming used the term "metallic black" to describe Menteri Besar of Perak Zambry Abdul Kadir, during political rallies in Kamunting. Nga Kor Ming apologised for his Anti-Indian racist remarks for calling Zambry a "metallic black person". It was obvious that he was referring to Dr Zambry's skin colour of the Indians when he uttered the phrase in various speeches as seen in YouTube, which he subsequently denied.[7]

The apology was accepted by DAP national chairman Karpal Singh, however, it is believed that no disciplinary action was taken although DAP was known as a multi-racial party and its leaders were not known to pass racist remarks against any community or race until the racial slur by Nga Kor Ming.[8]


In 2012, Nga Kor Ming sued blogger sekupangdua, whose true identity is Ahmad Sofian Yahya at Ipoh High Court for exemplary damages, aggravated damages and an order of injunction against further publication of defamatory words.[9]

It has been revealed that his wife's company was previously awarded the contract to make lounge suits for the councillors of Ipoh City Council (MBI) when Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was ruling Perak.[citation needed]

DAP Perak stresses that MBI's award of tailoring contract was done by the council's tender board by way of open tender, it is claimed that Nga did not interfere in the committee overlooking the open tender process. The subject matter is a contract for 24 lounge suit for MBI councillors at the price of RM650 each and a total price of RM14,400.00.[citation needed]

Nga's wife's company, which submitted a bid for RM650 per suit, predictably ended up being awarded the job sometime in 2008. The open tender involved 4 other tailor companies and Nga's wife's company Ethan and Elton was awarded the contract despite being the most expensive at RM650, the lowest bidder Goodman Tailor having tendered for RM450.[10]

The DAP disciplinary committee cleared Nga of any power abuse in the awarding of a lounge suit contract to his wife's company.[11]

Speech controversy[edit]

In May 2018, Nga Kor Ming’s action of ridiculing Mahathir Mohamad by touching on the issue of his mortality, has been deemed rude, uncouth, extreme and disgusting, and runs contrary to the customs and norms of the people of Malaysia.[12]

School's building named after him[edit]

In 2019, the naming of a new three-storey building of SJK (C) Sin Min, a Chinese primary school in Simpang, Perak, after Nga has raised a controversy.[13] The 3D Chinese characters for 'Nga Kor Ming Building' affixed on the new block to honour Nga for helping to secure a RM220,000 government grant for the school, was questioned and condemned by certain quarters.[14] Nga dismissed criticism over the polemic and pointed it was the school board's decision to pick his name and he did not make a request nor give instruction for the school to do so.[15]

Criticism on Malaysian Labor in Singapore[edit]

On 27 October 2022 in Johor, Nga Kor Ming sparked another controversy in which he publicly claimed that Malaysians would be forced to wake up so early to work in Singapore and come home late at night if Barisan Nasional wins the election. He further stated that if Pakatan Harapan wins the general election, Singaporeans will flock to Malaysia as foreign labourers not the other way round. [16][17]

Following that statement, he had clarification that he did not wish to offend anyone with his remarks and he claimed that the opposition had taken his comments out of context and he meant that Malaysia should maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Singapore.[18]

Election results[edit]

Perak State Legislative Assembly[19][20][21][22][23][24][25]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 N32 Pantai Remis Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 9,896 55.86% Wong Chong Sang (MCA) 7,449 42.05% 17,716 2,447 64.09%
2004 N37 Pantai Remis Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 9,703 55.02% Wong Chong Sang (MCA) 7,400 41.96% 17,635 2,303 66.18%
2008 Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 12,188 61.83% Ooi Jing Ting (MCA) 7,112 36.08% 19,712 5.076 70.37%
2013 N29 Kepayang Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 10,948 62.32% Chang Kok Aun (MCA) 6.344 36,12% 17,566 4,604 79.50%
2018 N18 Aulong Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 18,123 56.40% Soo Kay Ping (GERAKAN) 6,059 18.90% 24,182 12,064 75.24%
2022 N29 Kepayang Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 11,977 72.60% Richard Ng (GERAKAN) 2,486 15.67% 16,498 9,491 65.49%
Lim Huey Shan (MCA) 2,035 12.33%
Parliament of Malaysia[19][20][21][22][23][24][25]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P60 Taiping, Perak Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 28,098 59.63% M. Kayveas (PPP) 16,800 35.65% 47,123 11,298 71.52%
2013 Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 37,275 58.32% Tan Lian Hoe (Gerakan) 25,530 39.94% 63,913 11,745 81.80%
2018 P76 Teluk Intan, Perak Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 29,170 54.57% Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 17,991 34.13% 54,601 11,179 82.10%
Ahmad Ramadzan Ahmad Daud (PAS) 6,494 12.10%
2022 Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 33,133 51.61% Zainol Fadzi Paharudin (BERSATU) 17,964 27.98% 64,194 15,169 73.60%
T.Murugiah (MIC) 12,304 19.17%
Ahmad Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi (PEJUANG) 793 1.24%


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  9. ^ "Nga filed RM10 million Libel suit against pro-umno's Blogger at Ipoh High Court". Nga Kor Ming's Blog. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
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