Wong Tack

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Wong Tack
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bentong
In office
9 May 2018 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byLiow Tiong Lai
Succeeded byYoung Syefura Othman
Majority2,032 (2018)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2022Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Born (1959-03-14) 14 March 1959 (age 65)
Seri Telemong, Bentong, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
(since 2022)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
  • Politician
  • environmentalist
Wong Tack on Facebook
Wong Tack on Parliament of Malaysia
Wong Tack
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese黃德
Simplified Chinese黄德

Wong Tack (simplified Chinese: 黄德; traditional Chinese: 黃德; pinyin: Huáng Dé; Jyutping: Wong4 Dak1; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Tek; Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: Vòng Tet) is a Malaysian politician and environmentalist who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bentong from May 2018 to November 2022. He is an independent and was a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and formerly Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.


Wong was born in Seri Telemong, Bentong, Pahang and had stayed in Sabah for a few years. He is a Malaysian Chinese of Hakka descent (despite the dominant dialect group in Pahang state is predominantly of Cantonese origin, but both subgroups share the same ancestral province in China which is Guangdong).[1]

In November 2018, Wong was revealed as the poorest MP in the asset declaration list with a monthly income of RM22,412.64 as shown in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) official website.[2]

Environment activism[edit]

Wong was the chairperson of Himpunan Hijau, or Green Assembly a Malaysian environmentalist movement protesting against the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), a rare earth processing plant operating in Gebeng, Kuantan, Pahang which he founded in 2011.[3][4] The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) group is currently led by Wong.[5]

Political career[edit]

Member of Parliament (2018–2022)[edit]

2018 general election[edit]

Wong for the first time was fielded in the 2013 general election as DAP candidate to contest the Bentong parliamentary seat[6] and has come close to defeat the incumbent, Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president Liow Tiong Lai, losing by a total 379 votes.[7][8] In the 2018 general election he recontested again[9] and turned the table to defeat Liow for the Bentong parliamentary seat with a 2,032 majority.[10]

2022 general election[edit]

On 26 October 2022, DAP announced that Wong had been dropped by the party to contest for the Bentong seat in the 2022 general election. Instead, DAP decided to field its Deputy Youth Chief and Member of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Ketari Young Syefura Othman to contest for the seat. DAP Secretary-General Anthony Loke justified that Young Syefura was the most winnable candidate. Loke also revealed that Wong had been offered to contest for the Cameron Highlands seat, Wong however had rejected it and Loke expressed his respect towards his rejection. In strong response, Wong broke ranks with the party and announced that he would seek reelection as the Bentong MP by contesting for the Bentong seat as an independent candidate for the very first time, which was against the party rules and discipline as well as facing the risks of costing him the party membership. He stressed that Bentong was his hometown and there was no need for him to move away from Bentong as well as taking swipe at the party for its internal politicking and power struggles, he also distanced himself and his people from them, noting that the people have the rights to decide their own paths and destiny. Furthermore, he slammed the party for reneging on an understanding between them on allowing him to carry on championing green issues after spearheading the "Himpunan Hijau" (green gathering) movement in the 2013 general election. In addition, he praised his own track record serving as the Bentong MP from 2018 to 2022 for 4 years and renewing his strong commitment to serve Bentong and its people. Former Bentong MP Liow criticised DAP for dropping Wong, who he said had underperformed as the Bentong MP and likening this to stealing the chance of the Bentong voters to punish Wong by not voting for him, he also described DAP as opportunistic given its decision to drop underperformed incumbents as candidates for reelection to garner more votes.[11][12]

On 5 November 2022, as shown and proved by his previous response, he nominated himself as the independent candidate to contest for the Bentong seat in the election. He also added that following this, he was no longer a DAP member. He also criticised "party politics", citing that party members have to listen to the instructions of party leaders, but he only believes in "people's politics" and would only listen to the instructions of the people. He also revealed that he was using the symbol of hoe on the ballot papers and likening it as "using the hoe to open the ground, plant the seeds of hope" and hoping for the support of the people. In addition, he rendered his support to Leader of the Opposition, Chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and President of the People's Justice Party (PKR) Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister candidate.

In the election, Wong was not reelected as the Bentong MP for a second term after losing to Young Syefura of PH by a minority of 24,277 votes.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P089 Bentong Wong Tack (DAP) 25,568 49.63% Liow Tiong Lai (MCA) 25,947 50.37% 51,515 379 84.52%
2018 Wong Tack (DAP) 25,716 46.67% Liow Tiong Lai (MCA) 23,684 42.98% 55,106 2,032 83.40%
Balasubramaniam Nachiapan (PAS) 5,706 10.35%
2022 Wong Tack (Independent) 798 1.20% Young Syefura Othman (DAP) 25,075 37.62% 66,657 692 76.57%
Liow Tiong Lai (MCA) 24,383 36.58%
Roslan Hassan (BERSATU) 16,233 24.35%
Mohd Khalil Abdul Hamid (Independent) 168 0.25%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "客家公会补天穿团拜黄德秀客家话" [Wong Tack's Hakka Speaking Ability At The Hakka Association's Chinese New Year Celebration Event]. China Press (in Chinese). 16 Feb 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020 – via Dailymotion.
  2. ^ Clarissa Chung (26 November 2018). "Wong Tack listed as 'poorest' MP". The Star. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ "About Stop Lynas". Stop Lynas. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Wong Tack may not get second shot in GE14 amid rioting trial". Malaysiakini. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020 – via Twitter of Malaysiakini. {{cite web}}: External link in |via= (help)
  5. ^ Debra Chong (2011-03-20). "Kuantan city folk to lead anti-Lynas plant movement". Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  6. ^ "Wong Tack to stand in Bentong on DAP ticket". Malaysiakini. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "MCA president to battle the odds in Bentong". Malaysiakini. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  8. ^ "When Green Almost Gave Liow The Blues". Malaysians Must Know The Truth. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2020 – via Blogger.
  9. ^ "DAP's Wong Tack to face off with Liow in Bentong". thestar.com.my. The Star. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Liow loses Bentong to Wong Tack". thestar.com.my. The Star. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  11. ^ "GE15: DAP drops Wong Tack, Young Syefura to contest Bentong instead". The Star. 26 October 2022. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Wong Tack breaks ranks, to contest in Bentong as independent". The Star. 26 October 2022. Retrieved 26 October 2022.

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