Chong Chieng Jen

Chong Chieng Jen (simplified Chinese: 张健仁; traditional Chinese: 張健仁; pinyin: Zhāng Jiànrén; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiuⁿ Kiān-jîn; Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: Chông Khien-ìn, born 12 February 1971), is a Malaysian politician and lawyer who served as the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stampin since May 2018, Bandar Kuching from March 2004 to May 2018 and Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Padungan since December 2021 and Kota Sentosa from May 2006 to December 2021. He served as Leader of the Opposition of Sarawak from June 2013 to November 2020. He is a member, National Vice-Chairman, State Chairman of Sarawak, Branch Chairman of Kuching and Youth Advisor of Sarawak as well as Kuching of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH opposition coalition.[1][2][3]

Chong Chieng Jen
Chong in 2013
Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
In office
2 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterSaifuddin Nasution Ismail
Preceded byHenry Sum Agong
(Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism)
Succeeded byRosol Wahid
National Vice-Chairman of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
16 December 2012
Serving with Chow Kon Yeow
M. Kulasegaran
Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji
Jannie Lasimbang
Nga Kor Ming
Teresa Kok Suh Sim
National ChairmanKarpal Singh
Tan Kok Wai
Lim Guan Eng
(since 2022)
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
Anthony Loke Siew Fook
(since 2022)
State Leader of the Opposition of Sarawak
In office
10 June 2013  8 November 2020
GovernorAbdul Taib Mahmud
Chief MinisterAdenan Satem
Abang Abdul Rahman Johari Abang Openg
Preceded byWong Ho Leng
Succeeded byWong Soon Koh
ConstituencyKota Sentosa
State Chairman of the
Democratic Action Party of
Assumed office
10 June 2013
DeputyDavid Wong Kee Woan
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
Preceded byWong Ho Leng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Stampin
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byJulian Tan Kok Ping
Majority14,221 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bandar Kuching
In office
21 March 2004  9 May 2018
Preceded bySong Swee Guan
Succeeded byKelvin Yii Lee Wuen
Majority2,041 (2004)
9,952 (2008)
19,642 (2013)
Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
for Kota Sentosa
In office
20 May 2006  18 December 2021
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byYap Yau Sin
Majority531 (2006)
4,824 (2011)
2,819 (2016)
State Chairman of the Pakatan Harapan of Sarawak
Assumed office
30 August 2017
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
National ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Anwar Ibrahim
(since 2020)
Preceded byHimself
Personal details
Chong Chieng Jen

(1971-02-12) 12 February 1971
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
SpouseTan Hui Poh
RelationsChong Siew Chang (father)
Sim Yaw Sik (mother)
Children1 son and two daughters
Alma materAustralian National University

Personal life and education

Chong started his primary education in SJK(C) Methodist (Methodist Chinese National Primary School), Sibu. He continued his Primary 3 to 5 education at Kuching's SJK(C) Chung Hua No. 3 (Chung Hua No. 3 Chinese National Primary School), and Primary 6 at SRK St. Theresa Padungan (St. Theresa Padungan National Primary School), Kuching. Chong later undertook his secondary education in SMK St. Joseph, Kuching (St. Joseph, Kuching National Secondary School) and Saint Patrick's School, Singapore. He was admitted into Victoria Junior College, one of the top junior colleges in Singapore.

Chong pursued his tertiary studies at the Australian National University, Canberra and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting & economics, and Bachelor of Laws.[3]

He works as an advocate in Kuching and is attached to the legal firm Messrs Chong Brothers Advocates.

Political career

Chong first took part in the 10th Malaysian general election, contesting for the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat as a DAP candidate but lost to Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) candidate, Song Swee Guan.[4][5] In the following 10th Sarawak state election, he contested for the Padungan state seat, eventually losing out to Lily Yong Lee Lee, also a SUPP candidate.[6]

In the 11th Malaysian general election, Chong was elected as MP for Bandar Kuching with a 2,041 majority vote,[7] and later, Sarawak state assemblyman for the newly created seat of Kota Sentosa in following the results of the 11th Sarawak state election.[8][9]

Chong defended his parliamentary seat in the 12th Malaysian general election with an increased majority.[10] In 2011, he once again, he defended his state seat, this time against Yap Chin Loi, with a majority vote of 4,824.

On 17 December 2012, during the DAP 16th National Congress, Chong was among seven DAP leaders appointed to the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC).[11] On 5 May 2013, he contested for the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat for the final time in the 13th Malaysian general election and retained the seat with an even larger majority of 19,642 against SUPP's Tan Kai.[12]

On 7 May 2016, during the 11th Sarawak state election, Chong retained his Kota Sentosa state seat with a majority vote of 2,819 against Yap Yau Sin.[13] On 12 November 2017, during the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-election, Chong was re-elected as one of the party's five national vice-chairperson.[14][15]

Following incumbent Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping's decision to retire from politics,[16] Chong moved to contest the Stampin parliamentary seat against SUPP president Sim Kui Hian in the 14th Malaysian general election (GE14) on 9 May 2018, which was seen as a 'grey' or unsafe seat following redelineation by the Election Commission (EC).[17] His special assistant, Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen, contested for the Bandar Kuching seat.[18] Chong went on to win with a majority vote of 14,221.[19][20][21] Following the historic events of the GE14 which saw the first-ever change in the Government of Malaysia and end of six decades of National Front (BN) rule, on 2 July 2018, Chong was sworn-in as Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs of Malaysia by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia).[22][23]

In the 12th Sarawak state election, Chong's special assistant, Michael Kong Feng Nian was selected to contest in Kota Sentosa[24][25] whereas Chong went on to contest in the Padungan state seat against the mayor of Kuching South, Datuk Wee Hong Seng. Chong went on to win the Padungan state seat with a majority of 1,198.[26]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 5,913 17.39% Song Swee Guan (SUPP) 18,239 53.64% 34,693 8,389 63.06%
Dominique Ng Kim Ho (IND) 9,850 28.97%
2004 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 17,914 53.02% Wee Kok Tiong (SUPP) 15,873 46.98% 34,693 2,041 63.06%
2008 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 22,901 63.88% Sim Yaw Yen (SUPP) 12,949 36.12% 36,257 9,952 68.13%
2013 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 30,133 74.18% Tan Kai (SUPP) 10,491 25.82% 40,879 19,642 76.64%
2018 Stampin Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 33,060 63.70% Sim Kui Hian (SUPP) 18,839 36.30% 52,550 14,221 79.33%
2022 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 39,310 53.30% Lo Khere Chiang (SUPP) 32,152 43.59% 73,759 7,158 60.95%
Lue Cheng Hing (PSB) 2,291 3.11%
Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2001 Padungan Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 7,369 46.73% Lily Yong Lee Lee (SUPP) 8,402 53.27% 16,259 1,033 65.10%
2006 Kota Sentosa Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 6,579 52.10% Yap Chin Loi (SUPP) 6,048 47.90% 12,846 531 67.84%
2011 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 12,594 61.84% Yap Chin Loi (SUPP) 7,770 38.16% 20,589 4,824 75.41%
2016 Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 10,047 58.16% Yap Yau Sin (SUPP) 7,228 41.84% 17,495 2,819 67.91%
2021 Padungan Chong Chieng Jen (DAP) 4,686 50.40% Wee Hong Seng (SUPP) 3,488 37.52% 9,297 1,198 44.94%
Raymond Thong Ee Yu (PBK) 930 10.00%
Soo Lina (ASPIRASI) 193 2.08%

See also

  • Bandar Kuching (federal constituency)
  • Stampin (federal constituency)
  • Kota Sentosa (state constituency)


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