Ting Chew Peh

Ting Chew Peh (simplified Chinese: 陈祖排; traditional Chinese: 陳袓排; pinyin: Chén Zhǔpái; born 1943) is a Malaysian politician from the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was the former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Gopeng constituency in Perak for five terms from 1987 to 2008. At the grassroots level, he was known for being the MCA former secretary-general for fifteen years from 1990 to 2005.

Ting Chew Peh
Malaysian Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
27 October 1990  14 December 1999
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byLee Kim Sai
Succeeded byOng Ka Ting
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Gopeng, Perak
In office
16 May 1987  8 March 2008
Preceded byTan Koon Swan (MCA)
Succeeded byLee Boon Chye (PKR)
MCA Secretary-General
In office
July 1990  30 August 2005
Preceded byNg Cheng Kiat
Succeeded byOng Ka Chuan
Personal details
Born (1943-03-21) March 21, 1943
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
University of London
University of Warwick
ProfessionAssociate professor

Politics and career

Ting graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Malaya in 1970 and obtained a Master in Sociology from the University of London in 1972. He also holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, which he obtained from the University of Warwick in 1976.

Ting started his career as a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) from 1974 to 1980 and was subsequently an Associate Professor at the Faculty until 1987. He joined the MCA in 1981 at the age of 38, but continued to be very vocal on issues affecting the Chinese community, particularly on education and culture and the MCA’s role, through newspaper articles.[1]

Ting was elected to Parliament of Malaysia in the 1987 Gopeng by-election following the resignation of incumbent, Tan Koon Swan, who was serving a prison term in Singapore for the Pan-El case.

He was then made the Minister of Housing and Local Government in 1990, a post he held until 1999. In 1990 and 1995 general elections he won the Gopeng parliamentary seat under the BN - MCA ticket. In 1999 general election Ting retained Gopeng with a majority of 6406. He defeated Syed Ahmad Said Abas (MDP) and Abdul Rahman Said Alli (DAP). In 2004 general election, he defeated Dr Lee Boon Chye of PKR with a majority of 14,260 votes.

During the MCA General Assembly in 2005, for the MCA deputy president election, Ting got 738 votes was beaten by Chan Kong Choy with 1315 votes.[2]

In the 2008 general election, his name was dropped together with other MCA leaders likes Datuk Chua Jui Meng (Bakri), Datuk Loke Yuen Yow (Tanjung Malim), Datuk Yap Pian Hon (Serdang), Datuk Wong Kam Hoong (Bayan Baru Parliament) dan Tan Yee Kew (Klang).[3]

In the business sector, Ting was the chairman of the Port Klang Authority (LPK) in 2002 and was questioned on 3 September 2009 by PAC following Port Klang Free Zone losses. PKK's chairman received only RM2,259.95 per month allowance. Each board member gets an allowance of RM500 a month. As LPK chairman. Ting did not get big salaries.

He was also the Independent Non-Executive Director of Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad.[4]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: Gopeng, Perak[5][6]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1987 Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 12,619 60.62% Ahmad Nor (DAP) 8,096 38.89% N/A 4,523 N/A
Tan Kee Chye (IND) 103 0.49%
1990 Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 14,991 62.64% Hong Chin Poh (DAP) 8,940 37.36% 24,725 6,051 68.02%
1995 Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 22,774 74.04% Lim Meng Loong (DAP) 7,986 25.96% 32,078 14,788 68.01%
1999 Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 21,254 57.56% Abdul Rahman Said Alli (DAP) 14,848 40.20% 38,419 6,406 69.17%
Syed Ahmad Imdadz Said Abas (MDP) 829 2.24%
2004 Ting Chew Peh (MCA) 30,312 66.12% Lee Boon Chye (PKR) 15,530 33.88% 47,566 14,782 69.47%


Honour of Malaysia


The Chinese in Peninsular Malaysia: a study of race relations in a plural society, 1976[8]


  1. "Drawing new blood into the MCA". The Star. 21 December 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. Chan Kong Choy won the deputy president of MCA seat
  3. Bernama (18 February 2008). "MCA gugur 40 muka lama" (in Malay). UTUSAN MELAYU. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh
  5. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 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. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  8. His PhD thesis
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