Lee Boon Chye

Lee Boon Chye (Chinese: 李文材; pinyin: Lǐ Wéncái; born 26 September 1959) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Minister of Health in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gopeng from March 2008 to November 2022. [1] He is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH opposition coalition.[2][3][4]

Lee Boon Chye
Deputy Minister of Health
In office
2 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterDzulkefly Ahmad
Preceded byHilmi Yahaya
Succeeded byNoor Azmi Ghazali
(Deputy Minister of Health I)
Aaron Ago Dagang
(Deputy Minister of Health II)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Gopeng
In office
8 March 2008  19 November 2022
Preceded byTing Chew Peh
Succeeded byTan Kar Hing
Majority7,768 (2008)
15,309 (2013)
29,778 (2018)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2018People's Justice Party
2018–2022Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Lee Boon Chye

(1959-09-26) 26 September 1959
Segamat, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
SpouseLo Lee Hong
Lee Boon Chye on Facebook


Lee is a doctor and a certified cardiologist. He graduated from medical school in 1985 from the University of Malaya. He also holds 2 post graduate degree, a Master of Medicine from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia and Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians from UK.[5]

Politics career

After losing in his debut in the 2004 general election (GE11), Lee was elected to Parliament in the 2008 general election (GE12),[6] defeating Ling Hee Leong, son of former Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president, Ling Liong Sik to wrest the Gopeng seat away from the then governing Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[7] He successfully retained the seat the subsequent 2013 (GE13) and 2018 (GE14) general elections.

After the GE14 which saw PH forming the new federal government, Lee had initially turned down the new seventh Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's offer to appoint him Deputy Health Minister.[8] He however relented and accepted the post at last after much persuasions and considerations.[9]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[6][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 P071 Gopeng, Perak Lee Boon Chye (PKR) 15,530 33.88% Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 30,312 66.12% 47,566 14,782 69.47%
2008 Lee Boon Chye (PKR) 29,696 57.08% Ling Hee Leong (MCA) 22,328 42.92% 53,303 7,368 71.70%
2013 Lee Boon Chye (PKR) 47,558 59.59% Tan Chin Meng (MCA) 32,249 40.41% 81,442 15,309 83.88%
2018 Lee Boon Chye (PKR) 48,923 61.75% Heng Seai Kie (MCA) 19,145 24.16% 80,532 29,778 81.21%
Ismail Ariffin (PAS) 11,165 14.09%

See also

  • Gopeng (federal constituency)


  1. "Lee Boon Chye, Y.B. Dr" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. Tan, Joceline (25 October 2009). "Lobby for hot seat warms up". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  3. "Meet Malaysia's new Cabinet of 26 ministers, 23 deputy ministers". New Straits Times. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  4. Yusof, Teh Athira (24 February 2020). "Cabinet is dissolved". New Straits Times. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  5. "States banking on fresh faces". The Star (Malaysia). 22 February 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  6. "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  7. "Many BN First Timers Lose in Election". Bernama. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  8. "PKR Lee Boon Chye Turned Down Tun Mahathir Offer To Appoint Him Deputy Health Minister". The Coverage. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. "After conferring with DPM, Lee accepts deputy health minister post". Malaysiakini. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  12. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  13. "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.
  14. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  15. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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