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Tan Sri Dato' Sri Ong Tee Keat (simplified Chinese: 翁诗杰; traditional Chinese: 翁詩傑; pinyin: Wēng Shījié; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ong Si-kia̍t; born 22 November 1956) is a Malaysian politician. He was a member of the Parliament of Malaysia from 28 January 1989 to 5 May 2013, the Transport Minister in the Malaysian federal cabinet from 18 March 2008 to 4 June 2010 and the 8th president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a major component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition from 18 October 2008 to 28 March 2010.

Ong Tee Keat

Minister of Transport
In office
19 March 2008 – 4 June 2010
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Badawi
Najib Razak
Deputy1. Lajim Ukin (2008-2009)
2. Abdul Rahim Bakri (2009-2013)
3. Robert Lau Hoi Chew (2009-2010)
Preceded byChan Kong Choy
Succeeded byKong Cho Ha
8th President of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
In office
18 October 2008 – 28 March 2010
Preceded byOng Ka Ting
Succeeded byChua Soi Lek
Deputy Minister of Higher Education
In office
14 February 2006 – 18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Badawi
MinisterMustapa Mohamed
Preceded byFu Ah Kiow
Succeeded by1. Idris Haron
2. Hou Kok Chung
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
15 December 1999 – 14 February 2006
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Badawi
MinisterHishammuddin Hussein
Preceded byLoke Yuen Yow
Succeeded byLiow Tiong Lai
ConstituencyAmpang Jaya
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pandan
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRafizi Ramli (PKR - PH)
Majority14,112 (2004)
2,961 (2008)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Ampang Jaya
In office
28 January 1989 – 21 March 2004
Preceded byLim Ann Koon (MCA - BN)
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority4,250 (1989)
13,350 (1990)
31,061 (1995)
7,767 (1999)
Personal details
Born (1956-11-22) 22 November 1956 (age 62)
Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA) (1989 - 2017)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Chooi Yoke Chun (徐玉珍)
Children3 daughters
ResidenceTaman Midah, Cheras

Personal lifeEdit

The son of a fishmonger, Ong was an active grassroots MCA member even while at varsity. Educated at Confucian High School in Kuala Lumpur, Ong went on to the prestigious Methodist Boys' School for Form Six studies. Six years after graduating as a mechanical engineer, and while enjoying a lucrative post at an engineering firm, he quit to become political secretary to the then Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Dato' Sri Lee Kim Sai in 1986.

Ong is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Chooi Yoke Chun and has three daughters. Despite being Chinese educated, Ong is fully trilingual in Mandarin, English and Malay.

Ong won several literary awards for his works was once a columnist for Chinese daily Sin Chew Jit Poh. His articles ran from 1979 to 1986.

Political careerEdit

After becoming a full-time politician 1989, he contested the Ampang Jaya parliamentary seat in the 28 January 1989 by-election, upon the resignation of incumbent, Lim Ann Koon. He faced a tough challenge in his maiden effort to be a member of parliament when he was pitted against former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Harun Idris who was standing on a Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46) ticket.[1] Ong beat the former Umno strongman by 4,500 votes. He went on to hold the seat for four terms before contesting and winning the newly created Pandan parliamentary seat in the 2004 general election. He successfully defended the seat in the 2008 general election.

When Ong was MCA Youth chief, he criticised the party top brass for the decision in 2002 to acquire Nanyang Press Holdings Bhd. A few years later, he was censured by the Cabinet for speaking out at the shoddy renovation work at a Chinese school in Muar, Johor.

Ong was appointed to the federal Cabinet after the 2008 election, as the Minister for Transport. He had previously been Deputy Youth and Sports Minister and Deputy Higher Education Minister.

MCA presidencyEdit

In October 2008, Ong was elected MCA president, while Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was elected deputy president.[2] This set forth a tumultuous partnership, and eventually Dr Chua was expelled from the party by the Disciplinary Committee for his involvement in a sex scandal.[3]

An extraordinary general meeting of the MCA was held on 10 October 2009 in which a vote of no confidence was passed against Ong and his deputy, Chua Soi Lek.[4] Ong Tee Keat refuses to resign. Instead, he and Chua have agreed to bury the hatchet to unite and strengthen the party without any conditions under a "greater unity" plan. He said Liow Tiong Lai still as legitimate deputy president of MCA as it is elected by the Central Committee. Liow was later removed from the deputy president's post by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) which declared that the post was never vacant to begin with.[5]

Some Central Committees who were previously supporting Ong, led by Liow Tiong Lai, turned against Ong and attempted to demand for a re-election for the Central Committee. They were supported by MCA Youth Chief, Wee Ka Siong, and also the MCA Women Chief, Chew Mei Fun. Finally, these Central Committees, and also a few other CCs led by Chua Soi Lek, together resigned and forced a re-election, as they have achieved at least 2/3 majority of the CC, as per the party constitution.

Loss of MCA presidency and Cabinet postEdit

Ong Tee Keat contested in the re-election in early March 2010 to defend his Presidency, against his former Deputy, Chua Soi Lek, and also his predecessor, Ong Ka Ting, who came back in popular demand. He did not appoint any partner to contest for the Deputy Presidency, unlike Chua who appointed Kong Cho Ha and Ong Ka Ting who appointed Liow Tiong Lai.

Ong Tee Keat and Ong Ka Ting were both defeated by Chua Soi Lek. Later in 2010, and as a consequence, Ong Tee Keat was dropped from the federal Cabinet.[6]

Exit from ParliamentEdit

The Barisan Nasional coalition left Ong out of its list of candidates for the 2013 election. He considered recontesting his Pandan seat as an independent, but ultimately decided against it. Barisan Nasional lost the seat to the Rafizi Ramli of the People's Justice Party (PKR).[7]

Resignation from MCAEdit

On 2 March 2017, it was revealed that Ong had resigned from MCA with effect from 2 January 2017, citing the reason that he wanted to remain as an ordinary citizen.[8]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[9][10]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Other Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1989 P.88 Ampang Jaya, Selangor Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 23,719 54.59% Harun Idris (S46) 19,469 44.80% Wang Ah Hoong
109 0.25% 43,848 4,250 63.97%
Syed Idrus Syed Ahmad
49 0.11%
Loh Ah Ha
43 0.10%
Adam Daim
42 0.10%
Che Bakar Said
22 0.05%
1990 Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 39,304 60.23% Zainal Rampak (S46) 25,954 39.77% 66,767 13,350 74.92%
1995 P.92 Ampang Jaya, Selangor Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 45,282 76.10% Wan Mohd Fuaad Wan Abdullah (S46) 14,221 23.90% 61,608 31,061 71.68%
1999 Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 40,669 55.28% Sivarasa Rasiah (PKR) 32,902 44.72% 74,869 7,767 75.98%
2004 P.100 Pandan, Selangor Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 26,721 66.76% Iskandar bin Abd. Samad (PAS) 12,609 31.50% 40,024 14,112 69.15%
2008 Ong Tee Keat (MCA) 25,236 53.12% Syed Syahir Syed Mohamud (PKR) 22,275 46.88% 48,309 2,961 74.90%


Honours of MalaysiaEdit


  1. ^ MCA needs to stay relevant, The Star, 5 May 2008
  2. ^ Tee Keat wins, Soi Lek is MCA No. 2 The Star. 18 October 2008
  3. ^ Soi Lek expelled Malaysiakini. 26 August 2009
  4. ^ "EGM Votes No-Confidence in Ong, Reinstates Dr Chua Only As A Member". Bernama. 10 October 2009.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Ong Tee Keat dropped in cabinet reshuffle". The Sun. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ Chooi, Clara (20 April 2013). "Tee Keat opts out of Pandan contest". Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Ex-MCA president Ong Tee Keat quits MCA". New Straits Times. 2 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 11 July 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. ^ "IGP leads King's honours list". Lee Yen Mun. The Star. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Sultan: Time to be prudent". The Star. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ong Ka Ting
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) President
18 October 2008 – 28 March 2010
Succeeded by
Chua Soi Lek