Ong Chit Chung

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Ong Chit Chung
Member of Parliament
for Jurong GRC (Bukit Batok)
In office
3 November 2001 – 14 July 2008
Preceded by himself (Bukit Timah GRC - Bukit Batok ward)
Succeeded by David Ong
Personal details
Born 28 January 1949
Muar, Johore Bahru
Died 14 July 2008(2008-07-14) (aged 59)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Ong
Occupation Military historian[1]
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ong (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wēng).

Ong Chit Chung (simplified Chinese: 翁执中; traditional Chinese: 翁執中; pinyin: Wēng Zhí Zhōng; 28 January 1949 – 14 July 2008) was a Singaporean politician and Member of Parliament (MP). He was also a military historian at the National University of Singapore.


Entering politics in 1988, Ong served the Bukit Batok Constituency[2] for two terms, before the constituency became part of the Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency in 1996, and the constituency becoming a part of the Jurong Group Representation Constituency in 2001. In 1991, Ong was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Home Affairs and Labour. During his twenty years in politics, Ong also served as the Chairman for the Government Parliamentary Committees for Education, Defence and Foreign Affairs.[3][4]

Ong was also known as a historian[5] with several publications about World War II.[6][7][8]


Ong died from heart cancer at home on 14 July 2008, leaving behind a wife and two sons.[9]

His vacant seat for his Bukit Batok ward was replaced by Madam Halimah Yacob.


On 2 August 2008, Ong's alma mater, Victoria School, named a student leadership award after Ong. Called the Dr. Ong Chit Chung Leadership Award, it is awarded to high-performing students in the school. Ong's old Chief Librarian badge that was used when he was still in Victoria School, was presented by Ong's widow to the principal Low Eng Teong, and was later added to the collection in the school's heritage centre.[10]

The Ong Chit Chung Memorial Scholarship is also named after him.[11]


  1. ^ "Blame him". Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "I remember Dr Ong Chit Chung". BEYOND SG. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Member's Profile". GOVERNMENT OF SINGAPORE. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Lee Foong Ming; Lynda Hong (14 July 2008), Dr Ong Chit Chung dies peacefully at home, Channel NewsAsia, retrieved 16 July 2008 
  5. ^ Ong, Chit Chung. "Buck stopped at Churchill's desk". Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Chung, Ong Chit (1988). The landward defence of Singapore, 1919-1938. Singapore: Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore. ISBN 9789971641726. 
  7. ^ Chung, Ong Chit (2011). Operation Matador : World War II : Britain's attempt to foil the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions. ISBN 9789814328470. 
  8. ^ Chung, Ong Chit (1997). Operation Matador : Britain's war plans against the Japanese 1918 - 1941. Singapore: Times Academic Press. ISBN 9789812100955. 
  9. ^ "Jurong GRC MP Ong Chit Chung dies". The Straits Times. 14 Jul 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Dhany Osman (3 August 2008), "Award named after Ong Chit Chung", The Straits Times 
  11. ^ "Faculty Level: Scholarship Ong Chit Chung Memorial Scholarship". 

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