Ling Liong Sik

Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik SSM (simplified Chinese: 林良实; traditional Chinese: 林良實; pinyin: Lín Liángshí; born 18 September 1943) is a retired Malaysian politician.

Ling Liong Sik

Prime Minister of Malaysia
Covering duties
4 February 1988  16 February 1988
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Minister of Transport
In office
7 January 1986  25 May 2003
Azlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byChong Hon Nyan
Succeeded byChan Kong Choy
Deputy Minister of Education
In office
March 1984  January 1986
MonarchAhmad Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
ConstituencyMata Kuching
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
May 1982  March 1984
MonarchAhmad Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterTengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Preceded byNajib Razak
Succeeded bySabbaruddin Chik
ConstituencyMata Kuching
Deputy Minister of Information
In office
1978  May 1982
MonarchYahya Petra
Ahmad Shah
Prime MinisterHussein Onn
Mahathir Mohamad
MinisterMohamed Rahmat
Preceded byShariff Ahmad
Succeeded byRahmah Othman
ConstituencyMata Kuching
6th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association
In office
3 September 1986  23 May 2003
Preceded byTan Koon Swan
Succeeded byOng Ka Ting
Chancellor of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Assumed office
18 January 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Labis, Johor
In office
Preceded byBahari Haron
Succeeded byChua Soi Lek
Majority9,611 (1986)
5,225 (1990)
15,045 (1995)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Mata Kuching, Penang
In office
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority5,298 (1974)
15,199 (1978)
12,156 (1982)
Personal details
Ling Liong Sik

(1943-09-18) 18 September 1943
Kuala Kangsar, Perak, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Ong Ee Nah (王维娜)
ChildrenLing Hee Leong, Ling Hee Keat
EducationRoyal Military College
Alma materUniversity of Singapore

He was the sixth president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and also the former Malaysian Minister for Transport.[1][2] He is the current chancellor and former chairman of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).[3] UTAR's Dewan Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik is named in honour after him.[4]

Personal life

Ling was born on September 18, 1943 at Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Federated Malay States.

He is married to Toh Puan Ong Ee Nah and has two sons: Hee Leong and Hee Kiat.


Ling studied in King Edward VII School (Taiping), Perak. He graduated as a medical doctor from University of Singapore in 1966. Subsequently, he set up his practice in Penang.

Political career

In 1974, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Mata Kuching, Penang. He successfully defended his position in 1978 and 1982. He was elected Member of Parliament for Labis, Johor in 1986. He also subsequently successfully defended his position in the 1990, 1995 and 1999 general elections.

He was elected in 1986 as the sixth President of the MCA; he held this position for almost 17 years until 2003.

In 1986, he was appointed Transport Minister. Prior to that, he had held the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Local Government and Federal, Territory, Deputy Information Minister, Deputy Finance Minister and Deputy Education Minister.

He was the Minister of Transport of Malaysia from 7 January 1986 till 25 May 2003.


After years of staying out of the spotlight, Ling was charged in July 2010 for cheating in relation to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.[5][6][7] In 2013, after two years of trial, the High Court acquitted Ling over three charges of cheating the Government in relation to the PKFZ land deal.[8][9]


Honours of Malaysia

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[11][12]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1974 Mata Kuching, Penang Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 13,755 53.97% Ong Yi How (PEKEMAS) 8,457 33.18% 26,354 5,298 83.97%
Goh Lim Eam (DAP) 3,273 12.84%
1978 Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 23,564 65.27% Loh Kim Heng (SDP) 8,365 23.17% N/A 15,199 N/A
Abdul Hamid Abdullah (PAS) 5,298 11.56%
1982 Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 26,995 62.11% Goh Sin Khoon (DAP) 14,839 34.14% 44,646 12,156 77.46%
Raja Ahamed Narudin @ Raja Mohamed Raja Sulaiman (IND) 1,626 3.74%
1986 P118 Labis, Johor Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 18,182 67.96% Tan Tien Lim (DAP) 8,571 32.04% 27,650 9,611 72.26%
1990 Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 17,710 58.65% Ahmad Ton (DAP) 12,485 41.35% 31,292 5,225 74.06%
1995 P128 Labis, Johor Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 24,185 72.57% Ahmad Ton (DAP) 9,140 27.43% 34,693 15,045 73.17%
1999 Ling Liong Sik (MCA) 23,709 70.53% Ahmad Ton (DAP) 9,908 29.47% 34,775 13,801 71.44%

See also


  1. Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. Past Presidents, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik Archived 21 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Malaysian Chinese Association
  3. "University Council". UTAR. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. "UTAR Commemorates 10th Anniversary". UTAR. 17 March 2015.
  5. Lau, Leslie (29 July 2010). "A full circle for Dr Ling". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010.
  6. Chooi, Clara (29 July 2010). "MCA in shock over Dr Ling's PKFZ charge". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010.
  7. Fazy Sahir (29 July 2010). "PKFZ scandal: Former MCA boss Ling charged". Free Malaysia Today. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010.
  8. M. MAGESWARI and QISHIN TARIQ (25 October 2013). "PKFZ cheating case: Dr Ling Liong Sik found innocent". The Star. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. IDA LIM (25 October 2013). "PKFZ case: Liong Sik acquitted of cheating charges". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2004" (PDF).
  11. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tan Koon Swan
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) President
3 September 1986 – 23 May 2003
Succeeded by
Ong Ka Ting
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