Chan Kong Choy

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy (simplified Chinese: 陈广才; traditional Chinese: 陳廣才; pinyin: Chén Guǎng Cái; Jyutping: Chan1 Kung3 Chui1; born 17 May 1955) is an adjunct professor at the University of Malaya and was a Malaysian politician and the former deputy president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the then-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was formerly Minister of Transport from 1 July 2003 to 18 March 2008 and has never lost a general election in his political career.

Chan Kong Choy

Minister of Transport
In office
1 July 2003  18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy1. Ramli Ngah Talib (1999-2003)
2. Douglas Uggah Embas (2001-2008)
3. Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar (2004-2008)
Preceded byLing Liong Sik
Succeeded byOng Tee Keat
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
15 December 1999  1 July 2003
Serving with Shafie Salleh
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterDaim Zainuddin (1999-2001)
Mahathir Mohamad (2001-2003)
Jamaluddin Jarjis (2002-2003)
Succeeded byNg Yen Yen
Deputy Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia
In office
4 May 1995  14 December 1999
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterLeo Moggie Irok
Preceded byTajol Rosli Mohd Ghazali as Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts
Succeeded byTan Chai Ho as Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications
Deputy Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism
In office
27 October 1990  3 May 1995
MonarchAzlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterSabbaruddin Chik
Preceded byNg Cheng Kuai
Succeeded byTeng Gaik Kwan
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Selayang
In office
7 June 1995  8 March 2008
Preceded byZaleha Ismail (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byWilliam Leong Jee Keen (PKR-PR)
Majority38,627 (1995)
8,835 (1999)
23,226 (2004)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Lipis
In office
3 December 1990  6 April 1995
Preceded byWang Choon Wing (MCA-BN)
Succeeded byAbu Dahari Osman (UMNO-BN)
Majority4,022 (1990)
Member of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly
for Tanah Rata
In office
3 August 1986  3 December 1990
Preceded bySangaralingam Muthu Muthayal (MIC-BN)
Succeeded byLaw Kee Long (MCA-BN)
Majority1,889 (1986)
Personal details
Born (1955-05-17) 17 May 1955
Bentong, Pahang, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Ann Chan
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Life and career

Chan Kong Choy was born in Bentong, Pahang on 17 May 1955 to an ethnic Malaysian Chinese family of Cantonese descent with ancestry from Yunfu, Guangdong, China.[1] He studied in Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1975 for his Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM). He graduated with first class honours in Chinese Study from University of Malaya in 1979. He went on to obtain a post-graduate Diploma in Education, University of Malaya in 1980. Throughout his career, he has held many positions.

Chan is married to Ann Chan and the couple has four children.

He has served the MCA national leadership for 16 years. Chan has been a Minister for five years and thirteen years as Deputy Minister in the federal government beside four years as Pahang State executive councillor. He has served nine years as MCA Youth chairman, and the Federal and State Government portfolios continuously since 1986. In 1986 general election, Chan was elected as Pahang state assemblyman for Tanah Rata and he was selected by Pahang State Government as its executive councillor and held that post until 1990. After contested and won the parliamentary seat of Lipis, Pahang in the 1990 general election, Chan was elevated by the party leadership and made a Deputy Minister in the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry. In 1990, Chan became the party's National Youth chairman. Chan was re-elected to a second term as the National Youth chairman in the 1993 party elections.

Chan was made MCA vice-president in 1999 and subsequently assumed the Deputy Finance Minister's post after the general elections that same year. With his experience in the party leadership and Government, Chan faithfully remained as Deputy Minister and party vice-president. The MCA Central Committee appointed Chan as the party’s new deputy president with the resignation of Datuk Lim Ah Lek from that post.

Chan was the Member of Parliament for Selayang, Selangor from 1995 to 2008. Chan successfully won the parliamentary constituency of Selayang in General Elections of 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2004 for the Barisan Nasional or National Front coalition.

Chan did not defend his parliamentary seat in the 12th general elections held on 18 March 2008 thus stepped down from his cabinet post as Transport Minister citing health reasons and to make way for young blood.[2][3] He subsequently did not contest back the post of deputy president of MCA in the party election on 18 October 2008 too which was won by Chua Soi Lek.

After retiring from active politics, Chan pursued his passion in academia and is currently serving the University of Malaysia as an Adjunt Professor.[4]

In 2016, Chan donated his personal collection of literary works on 'The Dream of The Red Chamber', one of the four greatest classical novels in chinese literature to University of Malaysia. The collection has 6000 pieces of literary works and is touted as the largest private collection outside of mainland China.[5]


In 2011, Chan was charged with cheating former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi over the PKFZ scandal.[6] Due to his court charges, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah suspended Chan's Datukship pending the outcome of the court trial, which subsequently happened to be a positive outcome for Chan [7] In 2014, the High Court acquitted Chan the three charges of cheating in the PKFZ scandal after the prosecution withdrew charges against him thus clearing his name of any wrongdoing.[8][9]

Chronology of positions

  • Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
    1980 - 1990
  • Political Secretary
    Ministry of Housing & Local Government (Datuk Lee Kim Sai)
  • EXCO Member
    Pahang State Government
    1986 - 1990
  • Member Of Parliament
    1990 - 2008
  • Deputy Minister
    Culture, Arts & Tourism
    1990 - 1995
  • Deputy Minister
    Energy, Communication & Multimedia
    1995 - 1999
  • Deputy Minister
    Ministry Of Finance
    1999 - May 2003
  • Minister of Transport
    1 July 2003 - 18 March 2008

Election results

Pahang State Legislative Assembly[10]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 N.1 Tanah Rata P.72 Lipis Chan Kong Choy (MCA) 4.006 52.22% Poom Man Kem (DAP) 2,117 27.60% 7,671 1,889 63.22%
Aleyak (IND) 890 11.60%
Haji Mazlan Taib (IND) 318 4.15%
Parliament of Malaysia[10][11]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P.72 Lipis, Pahang Chan Kong Choy (MCA) 15,170 57.64% Amin Hussaini Abd Manan (S46) 11,148 42.36% 27,462 4,022 70.37%
1995 P.90 Selayang, Selangor Chan Kong Choy (MCA) 45,392 87.03% Zainul Amri Abdul Aziz (IND) 6,765 12.97% 54,731 38,627 69.89%
1999 Chan Kong Choy (MCA) 34,979 57.23% Zaitun Mohamed Kasim (DAP) 26,144 42.77% 63,275 8,835 73.94%
2004 P.97 Selayang, Selangor Chan Kong Choy (MCA) 36,343 73.48% Koh Swe Yong (PKR) 13,117 26.52% 51,033 23,226 71.72%


Honours of Malaysia


  1. 陈广才先生荣膺马来西亚交通部长高职 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, 15 August 2003 15, Guangdong Qiao Wang
  2. "Chan made quit decision 8 months ago". The Sun (Malaysia). 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. DINOBEANO (21 February 2008). "MCA's Chan Kong Choy Out". Malaysiakini. DIN MERICAN: THE MALAYSIAN DJ BLOGGER. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. "UM student, then a minister and now Chan is back as a professor - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. "Chan Kong Choy donates literary collection to Universiti Malaya - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. "PKFZ: Kong Choy charged with cheating". The Borneo Post. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  7. "Selangor palace suspends Chan Kong Choy's Datukship". The Star (Malaysia). 10 April 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  8. Maizatul Nazlina (13 January 2014). "Chan Kong Choy acquitted in PKFZ case". The Star. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. Ida Lim (13 January 2014). "Chan Kong Choy acquitted of cheating in PKFZ case this clearing him of any wrongdoing". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  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. "Three new Tuns head awards list". Bernama. The Star. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  13. "Kelantan Sultan's honours list". The Star. 31 March 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  14. "Chan, ex-IGP top award list". The Star. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  15. "The Sultan of Selangor's Birthday Honours List". The Star. 13 December 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
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