Chong Eng

Chong Eng (Chinese: 章瑛; pinyin: Zhāng Yīng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chiong Eng; born on 6 July 1957), is a Malaysian politician who has served as Member of the Penang State Executive Council (EXCO) in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state administration under Chief Ministers Lim Guan Eng and Chow Kon Yeow and as Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Padang Lalang since May 2018. She served as Member of Parliament (MP) of for Bukit Mertajam from November 1999 to May 2013 and MLA of Penang for Batu Lancang from April 1995 to November 1999. She is the member, Women Chief and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the state ruling but federal opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, she also served as Women Chief of PH from March to September 2021.[1] She is also Deputy Head for Women Parliamentary Caucus and sits as a Standing Order Committee member. She also served in the Women Crisis Center and Community AIDS Service Penang.[2][1]

Chong Eng
2nd Women Chief of Pakatan Harapan
In office
18 March 2021  12 September 2021
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ChairmanAnwar Ibrahim
Preceded byZuraida Kamaruddin
Succeeded byAiman Athirah Sabu
Exco roles (Penang)
2018–Chairman of the Youth and Sports, Women, Family, Community Development and Arts
2018–Chairman of the Women, Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Muslim Affairs
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1999–2013Democratic Action Party
Faction represented in Penang State Legislative Assembly
1995–1999Democratic Action Party
2013–2018Democratic Action Party
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Chong Eng

(1957-07-06) 6 July 1957
Bentong, Pahang, Malaya
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Gagasan Rakyat (GR)
SpouseGunabalan Krishnasamy
Children2 sons
Alma materUniversiti Putra Malaysia
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College


She is married to Gunabalan Krishnasamy who is an artist. The couple have two boys,[1] Jothi, who is assisting his mother in political endeavors and Omprekash who is now a 3-time Malaysia book of records breaking athlete, and artist for Koi Tribe, an international web3 magazine.

Personal life and education

She was born in a Chinese new village in Pahang from a family of 10 siblings. She started her primary education in the only Chinese primary school in the village. She was also the first girl from the village to pursue her study in a local university, namely Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)). She eventually obtained her bachelor of Science degree in Human Development Studies from UPM. Now, she writes regularly in local Chinese dailies and have published three books.[1]

Political career

Chong started her political career as a full-time research officer in 1990 with DAP Penang. Chong won the Batu Lanchang state constituency in 1995 Malaysian general election and became the first women to be elected into the Penang State Assembly. She was the sole opposition representative in the state assembly at that time.[1] She subsequently were elected as Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament in 1999, 2004 and 2008 general elections. She then contested and won the Penang state seat of Padang Lalang in 2013 and 2018 general elections. On 18 March 2021, she was appointed as Women Chief of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition.

Election results

Penang State Legislative Assembly[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 N27 Batu Lancang Chong Eng (DAP) 7,570 49.72% Lee Boon Ten (Gerakan) 7,508 49.31% 15,449 62 76.48%
Tan Ban Yew (PBS) 148 0.97%
2004 N16 Perai Chong Eng (DAP) 4,477 46.92% K. Rajapathy (MIC) 5,060 53.03% 9,748 583 70.57%
2013 N15 Padang Lalang Chong Eng (DAP) 18,657 83.22% Tan Teik Cheng (MCA) 3,727 16.62% 22,585 14,930 87.43%
2018 Chong Eng (DAP) 20,764 88.70% Kuan Hin Yeep (MCA) 2,400 10.20% 23,694 18,364 84.70%
Lai Yean Nee (PRM) 154 0.70%
Liew Ee Jin (PFP) 101 0.40%
Parliament of Malaysia[10]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P45 Bukit Mertajam, Penang Chong Eng (DAP) 26,874 52.84% Tan Chong Keng (MCA) 23,937 47.06% 51,967 2,937 78.02%
2004 Chong Eng (DAP) 26,215 59.18% Ma Kok Ben (MCA) 17,651 39.85% 45,442 8,564 77.37%
2008 Chong Eng (DAP) 37,882 75.97% Ong Tang Chuan (MCA) 11,985 24.03% 50,823 25,897 79.31%


  1. "About Chong Eng". Chong Eng blog. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  2. "Chong Eng (Bukit Mertajam)". The Nut Graph. Archived from the original on 12 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  4. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
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  6. "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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  8. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  9. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. "Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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