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Tan Kok Wai
Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to China
In office
1 August 2018 – 1 March 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byOng Ka Ting
Succeeded byTiong King Sing
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Cheras
Assumed office
25 April 1995
Preceded byPosition established
Majority14,375 (1995)
8,992 (1999)
10,970 (2004)
28,300 (2008)
37,409 (2013)
49,665 (2018)
54,448 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sungai Besi
In office
3 August 1986 – 25 April 1995
Preceded byChan Kok Kit
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Majority1,526 (1986)
8,856 (1990)
1st Advisor of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
Secretary-GeneralAnthony Loke Siew Fook
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
Preceded byPosition established
4th National Chairman of the
Democratic Action Party
In office
29 March 2014 – 20 March 2022
DeputyGobind Singh Deo
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
Preceded byKarpal Singh
Succeeded byLim Guan Eng
1st Chairman of the
Pakatan Harapan of Kuala Lumpur
Assumed office
30 August 2017
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
National ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Anwar Ibrahim
(since 2020)
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Tan Kok Wai

(1957-10-07) 7 October 1957 (age 66)
Sepang, Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)[1]
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
(since 1979)
Other political
Gagasan Rakyat (GR)
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
  • 1 daughter
  • 1 son
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese陳國偉
Simplified Chinese陈国伟
Hanyu PinyinChén Guówěi
Hokkien POJTân Kok-uí

Tan Kok Wai (simplified Chinese: 陈国伟; traditional Chinese: 陳國偉; pinyin: Chén Guówěi; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Kok-uí) (born 7 October 1957) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cheras since April 1995. He served as the Special Envoy of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to China from August 2018 to March 2020 as well as the MP for Sungai Besi from August 1986 to April 1995. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He has served as the 1st Advisor of DAP since March 2022 and 1st Chairman of PH of Kuala Lumpur since August 2017. He served as the 4th National Chairman of DAP from March 2014 to March 2022 and National Deputy Chairman. He is also presently the longest-serving MP by serving since 1986 for 38 years as of 2024 after Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah lost the reelection as an MP in 2022.

Political career[edit]

Tan Kok Wai became a member of the party in 1979.

In 1986, he contested in the general election for Sungai Besi parliamentary constested in the general election for Sungai Besi parliamentary constituency in Kuala Lumpur. He was elected as a member of parliament for the first time.

In 1990, he was re-elected for the same constituency in the general election.

In the 6 following general elections in 1995, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018, Tan Kok Wai was elected as the Member of Parliament for Cheras constituency in Kuala Lumpur.

Tan Kok Wai was the former DAP National Chairman (Nov 2017 – March 2022). Previously, he also served as DAP’s Acting National Chairman, National Deputy Chairman, National Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Election Preparation Committee, Member of General Election / State Elections Candidate Selection Committee in 2008, 2013 and 2018, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, National Organising Secretary, and National Publicity Secretary, Assistant National Organising Secretary and Assistant National Publicity Secretary.

Tan Kok Wai was appointed Special Envoy of Malaysia to the People's Republic of China as well as the Chairman of Malaysia-China Business Council from August 2018 to March 2020.[2]

In terms of social service, he is currently acting as honorary advisors to numerous NGOs in Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Appointment as the Advisor of DAP[edit]

On 20 March 2022, at the 17th DAP National Congress, Tan was re-elected into the Central Executive Committee.[3] He was then appointed as Advisor of DAP Malaysia after stepping down as the National Chairman.[4]


Proposal to reintroduce local elections[edit]

On 17 December 2023, Tan called on the government to reintroduce local elections that were abolished in 1976. He also suggested the elections to be held in Kuala Lumpur first to return voters the 'third ballot paper' (the first ballot paper to elect MPs and the second ballot paper to elect Members of the Legislative Assemblies (MLAs)). Tan attracted criticisms from UMNO and PAS politicians who described the elections as unnecessary and only serve the interests of DAP as the demographics of Kuala Lumpur make up mainly of the Chinese and DAP that enjoys strong Chinese electoral support will be dominant in the elections.

Election results[edit]

Selangor State Legislative Assembly[5][6]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout%
1982 N32 Sungai Pelek Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 2,158 23.67% Ng Soon Por @ Ng Ah Hock (MCA) 6,528 71.61% 9,262 4,370 80.80%
Daud Jantan (PAS) 430 4.72%
Parliament of Malaysia[7][8][9][10][11][5][6]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P102 Sungai Besi Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 22,188 49.12% Kee Yong Wee (MCA) 20,662 45.74% 45,408 1,526 70.01%
Shariffuddin Budin (PAS) 2,320 5.14%
1990 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 32,169 56.56% Tan Chai Ho (MCA) 23,313 40.99% 57,303 8,856 70.87%
Abdul Hamid Selamat (IND) 1,389 2.44%
1995 P111 Cheras Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 29,240 66.30% Mook Soon Man (MCA) 14,865 33.70% 44,329 14,375 69.38%
1999 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 27,579 59.63% Lee Boon Kok (MCA) 18,587 40.19% 46,465 8,992 70.63%
2004 P123 Cheras Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 26,940 62.70% Lee Boon Kok (MCA) 15,970 37.17% 43,200 10,970 63.72%
2008 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 39,253 78.00% Jeffrey Goh Sim Ik (MCA) 10,953 21.76% 50,571 28,300 74.58%
2013 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 48,249 81.53% Teoh Chee Hooi (MCA) 10,840 18.32% 59,492 37,409 82.00%
2018 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 56,671 89.00% Heng Sinn Yee (MCA) 7,006 11.00% 64,074 49,665 81.29%
2022 Tan Kok Wai (DAP) 60,294 84.04% Chin Yoke Kheng (BERSATU) 5,846 8.15% 72,207 54,448 71.15%
Chong Yew Chuan (MCA) 5,606 7.81%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 【独家】陈国伟:结盟无损支持率 “相信马哈迪真心悔改”- (in Chinese). eNanyang.
  2. ^ "Confirmed: Tan Kok Wai is special envoy to China". New Straits Times. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Gobind receives highest votes in DAP polls". The Star. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Loke elected new DAP secretary-general". FMT. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. ^ a b "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 3 April 2011. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  8. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Results only available from the 2004 election (GE11).
  9. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  10. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to the People's Republic of China
1 August 2018–1 March 2020
Succeeded by
Parliament of Malaysia
New creation Member of Parliament for Cheras
25 April 1995–present
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Sungai Besi
3 August 1986–25 April 1995
Constituency abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by National Chairman of the Democratic Action Party
29 March 2014–present