Ong Ka Chuan

Ong Ka Chuan (simplified Chinese: 黄家泉; traditional Chinese: 黃家泉; pinyin: Huáng Jiāquán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Ka-chôan; born 29 May 1954) is a Malaysian politician and was the Member of Parliament for Tanjung Malim, Perak from March 2008 to May 2018.[1] Ong was the secretary-general for twice for the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the Barisan Nasional coalition. The first time he was elected by the 7th MCA President Ong Ka Ting who is also his younger brother on 30 August 2005[2][3] and the second time by the 10th MCA President Liow Tiong Lai on 2 January 2014.[4][5][6]

Ong Ka Chuan
Second Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
29 July 2015  9 May 2018
Serving with Mustapa Mohamed
MonarchsAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyLee Chee Leong (2015–2016)
Ahmad Maslan
Chua Tee Yong (2016–2018)
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
ConstituencyTanjong Malim
Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
19 March 2008  9 April 2009
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyHamzah Zainudin
Robert Lau Hoi Chew
Preceded byOng Ka Ting
Succeeded byKong Cho Ha
ConstituencyTanjong Malim
Secretary-General of the Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
2 January 2014  16 November 2018
PresidentLiow Tiong Lai
DeputyWee Jeck Seng
Preceded byKong Cho Ha
Succeeded byChew Mei Fun
ConstituencyTanjong Malim
In office
30 August 2005  11 November 2008
PresidentOng Ka Ting
Ong Tee Keat
DeputyWong Kam Hoong
Preceded byTing Chew Peh
Succeeded byWong Foon Meng
ConstituencyTanjong Malim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tanjong Malim
In office
8 March 2008  9 May 2018
Preceded byLoke Yuen Yow (MCABN)
Succeeded byChang Lih Kang (PKRPH)
Majority5,422 (2008)
4,328 (2013)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Chenderiang
In office
3 August 1986  21 March 2004
Preceded byChan Kon You (MCABN)
Succeeded byLook Kuan @ Look Kok Kong (MCABN)
Majority3,929 (1986)
5,931 (1990)
6,311 (1995)
3,557 (1999)
Personal details
Born (1954-05-29) 29 May 1954
Lenggong, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
SpouseChan Beng Choo
RelationsElder brother of Ong Ka Ting
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Ong was the Second Minister for International Trade and Industry from 2015 to 2018.[7][8] Formerly he was the Minister of Housing and Local Government from 2008 to 2009.

Early and personal life

Ong was born on 29 May 1954 in Lenggong, Perak. He graduated from the University of Malaya (UM) and worked as a school teacher before entering politics. He is married to Chan Beng Choo and the couple has two children.[9]

MCA former President Ong Ka Ting, is his younger brother.

Political career

Ong was a member of the Perak State Assembly for Chenderiang for four terms from 1986 to 2004,[9] before contesting the federal seat of Batu Gajah in the 2004 general election. He lost to Fong Poh Kuan of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), despite the Barisan Nasional coalition making widespread gains nationwide.[10] Despite this, he was appointed MCA secretary-general the following year and served concurrently with his brother Ong Ka Ting as president.[2][3]

In the 2008 general elections, Ong contested and won the Tanjung Malim parliamentary seat. He was appointed Minister of Housing and Local Government.[9] Later that year, Ong contested the MCA deputy presidency but lost to Chua Soi Lek, and was immediately removed as secretary-general by new president Ong Tee Keat.[11][12] In 2009, he was dropped from the Cabinet by incoming Prime Minister Najib Razak.[13]

In the 2013 general elections, Ong successfully defended his parliamentary seat despite MCA suffered its worst electoral result in its history. As a result of MCA poor performance and its previously passed resolution not to take up cabinet posts in the government if it failed in the 13th general election, MCA will not take up any government position.[14][15] Later in 2013, MCA elected Liow Tiong Lai as the new president and reversed its resolution.[16][17] Liow appointed Ong as new MCA secretary-general for the second time then.[4][6] In 2015, Najib Razak in a cabinet reshuffle eventually appointed Ong as the Second Minister for International Trade and Industry.[7][8]

He was dropped as a candidate for the Tanjong Malim constituency in the 2018 election.[18]

Election results

Perak State Legislative Assembly[19]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 N35 Chenderiang Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 7,754 63.59% Aw Too Yen (DAP) 3,825 31.37% 12,194 3,929 66.99%
1990 Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 9,482 68.32% Shelvarajah a/l Ponniah (DAP) 3,551 25.59% 13,879 5,931 66.59%
1995 N40 Chenderiang Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 8,582 72.67% Harikrishnan a/l Vellapan (DAP) 2,271 19.23% 11,809 6,311 62.41%
Foo Koon Yow (IND) 168 1.42%
1999 Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 7,168 58.79% Mahinder Singh (PKR) 3,611 29.62% 12,192 3,557 60.63%
Parliament of Malaysia[19][20][21]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 P066 Batu Gajah, Perak Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 20,814 40.85% Fong Po Kuan (DAP) 28,847 56.62% 50,952 8,033 69.66%
2008 P077 Tanjong Malim, Perak Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 21,016 55.15% Mohamad Azman Marjohan (PKR) 15,594 40.92% 38,107 5,422 71.25%
2013 Ong Ka Chuan (MCA) 28,225 52.86% Tan Yee Kew (PKR) 23,897 44.75% 53,399 4,328 82.80%


  •  Malaysia :
  •  Perak :
    • Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (PMP) (1987)[22]
    • Knight Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (DPMP) - Dato' (1990)[23]
    • Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (SPMP) - Dato' Seri (2008)[24]


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