Fong Chan Onn

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Fong Chan Onn (simplified Chinese: 冯镇安; traditional Chinese: 馮鎮安; pinyin: Féng Zhèn'ān, born 29 February 1944) is a Malaysian politician and a former Minister of Human Resources. He is a former vice-president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the then-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He served as a Member of Parliament for Selandar from 1999 to 2004 and Alor Gajah from 2004 until 2013.

Fong Chan Onn

Minister of Human Resources
In office
15 December 1999  18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy1. Abdul Latiff Ahmad (1999-2004)
2. Abdul Rahman Bakar (2004-2008)
Preceded byLim Ah Lek
Succeeded bySubramaniam Sathasivam
Alor Gajah
Deputy Minister of Education
In office
27 October 1990  14 December 1999
Serving with Leo Michael Toyad (1990-1995)
Mohd Khalid Mohd Yunos (1995-1999)
MonarchAzlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterAnwar Ibrahim (1990-1991)
Sulaiman Daud (1991-1995)
Najib Razak (1995-1999)
Preceded byWoon See Chin
Succeeded byHan Choon Kim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Alor Gajah
In office
Preceded byAbu Seman Yusop (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byKoh Nai Kwong (MCA-BN)
Majority22,548 (2004)
12,884 (2008)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Selandar
In office
Preceded byKok Wee Kiat (MCA-BN)
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority10,401 (1990)
23,180 (1995)
10,739 (1999)
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Malacca State Liaison Committee chairman
In office
Preceded byPoh Ah Thiam
Succeeded byWee Ka Siong
Personal details
Born (1944-02-29) 29 February 1944
Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Tan Lay Hwa (陈丽华)
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury
University of Rochester
ProfessionElectrical engineer


Fong received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He went on to receive his MBA and PhD in Operations Research/Industrial Economics from University of Rochester, New York.

He began his career in the civil service as an engineer at the Kuala Lumpur Telecommunications Department. He later joined the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya, rising to become Dean in 1990.

Political career

Fong was elected as the Member of Parliament for Selandar in the 1990, 1995, 1999 general elections and for Alor Gajah constituency in the 2004, 2008 general elections .[1]

Fong became an MCA vice-president in 1996, but stepped down after the 2008 MCA elections when he lost his bid for re-election.[2]

From 1990 to 1999, he served as Deputy Minister of Education. Following the 1999 general elections, Fong was appointed Minister of Human Resources. He remained in that ministry until 2008, when he left the Cabinet, and retired from Parliament at the 2013 election.[3]

Post retirement, he became the Chairman of Enterprise Asia, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is set up to champion entrepreneurship development in Asia.[4]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[5][6]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P111 Selandar, Malacca. Fong Chan Onn (MCA) 19,120 68.68% Samat Abdullah (S46) 8,719 31.32% 28,737 10,401 75.66%
1995 P121 Selandar, Malacca. Fong Chan Onn (MCA) 28,366 84.54% Burkhan Abdullah (S46) 5,186 15.46% 35,160 23,180 73.80%
1999 Fong Chan Onn (MCA) 23,055 65.18% Chua Tian Chang (KEADILAN) 12,316 34.82% 36,525 10,739 73.70%
2004 P135 Alor Gajah, Malacca. Fong Chan Onn (MCA) 29,920 76.05% Goh Leong San (DAP) 7,372 18.74% 39,343 22,548 76.26%
2008 Fong Chan Onn (MCA) 26,354 66.18% Tan Lay Siang (DAP) 13,470 33.82% 41,854 12,884 77.37%


Honours of Malaysia

See also


  1. Parliament profile
  2. Ong And Chua Win MCA Top Two Posts Bernama. 18 October 2008
  3. Rachel Foong (23 July 2012). "Malaysian Representatives alpha : Fong Chan Onn". #MyMP UndiMsia! Sinar Project. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. "Enterprise Asia". Enterprise Asia. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  7. "Posthumous Tun for Azizan". Bernama. The Star. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  8. "The Malacca Yang Di-Pertua Negri's Birthday Honours List". The Star. 12 October 2003. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. "Malacca defers awards event". The Star. 8 October 2005. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
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