List of Malaysians of Chinese descent

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This is a list of notable Malaysians of Chinese origin, including original immigrants who obtained Malaysian citizenship and their Malaysian descendants. Entries on this list are demonstrably notable by having a linked current article or reliable sources as footnotes against the name to verify they are notable and define themselves either full or partial Chinese, whose ethnic origin lie in China.

This list also includes emigrant Malaysians of Chinese origin and could be taken as a list of famous Malaysians of Chinese origin.



Fine arts[edit]

  • Yong Mun Sen (杨曼生; 1896–1962) –-Kuching born Penangite watercolorist and Malaysian artist; "father of Malaysian painting"; one of the founders of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or NAFA, Singapore, Penang Art Society[1]
  • C. N. Liew (born 1975) – K.L.-born artist who took the traditional artform of calligraphy to a whole new dimension with his creation of Surrealligraphy
  • Chang Fee Ming (born 1959) – Terengganu-born watercolor painter
  • Red Hong Yi - Sabah-born artist and architectural designer[2]
  • Tang Tuck Kan (鄧德根; 1934-2012)- Pioneer Artist of Malaysian Modern Art Movement in the 60s and 70s.



Beauty pageant titleholders[edit]


Medicine, science and technology[edit]

  • Wu Lien-teh (伍连德) (1879–1960) – renowned plague fighter and pioneer in the modernization of China's public health system; first medical student of Chinese descent to study at University of Cambridge in 1896, after winning the Queen's Scholarship held in Singapore; first Malaysian Chinese nominated to receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine, in 1935[7]
  • Gu Hongming - Penang-born scholar and famous professor in Peking University firstly established
  • Lam Wei Haur - Malaysian scientist and professor in ocean engineering. He proposes of theoretical equations to predict tidal turbine wake and invents folding tidal turbine (FTT).
  • Pua Khein-Seng (潘建成) – CEO of Phison Electronics Corporation, arguably one of the inventors of the USB flash drive[8]
  • Shu Jie Lam - Research Chemist at University of Melbourne



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Early history[edit]

  • Hang Li Po – wife of Malacca's Sultan Mansur Shah (1456–1477); related to the Ming royal court
  • Chung Keng Quee – leader of the "Five Associations" or Go-Kuan and the Hai San, Kapitan China of Perak and Penang, member of the Commission for the Pacification of Larut, founding member of the Perak State Council, appointed by Imperial patent of the Ch'ing Emperor as Tzu-cheng ta-fu, and Expectant Intendant of a Circuit of the fourth rank
  • Chung Thye Phin – last Kapitan China of Perak, member of Perak State Council
  • Chung Kok Ming – member of Perak State Council, member of the Federal Council of the Federated Malay States
  • Yap Ah Loy – Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur
  • Koh Lay Huan (甲必丹辜礼欢) – first Kapitan China Penang
  • Tun Leong Yew Koh – first Malacca Governor
  • Tan Hiok Nee – wealthiest and most influential Chinese in Johor during the 19th century, Johor Kapitan China, the second leader of the Ngee Heng Kongsi of Johor, one of the Kangchu Johor; Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in Johor Bahru is named after him
  • Wong Ah Fook – one of the most famous Kangchu Johor and Chinese Entrepreneur in Johor during the 19th century; Jalan Wong Ah Fook in Johor Bahru is named after him
  • Yap Ah Shak – Kapitan Cina of Petaling
  • Yap Kwan Seng – last Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Chinese Association[edit]

Democratic Action Party[edit]

Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia[edit]

People's Justice Party[edit]

Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party[edit]

  • Anuar Tan Abdullah @ Tan Teng Loon - current Kelantan state assemblyman for Kota Lama

National Trust Party[edit]

  • Hu Pang Chaw - AMANAH national central committee, former PAS supporter club founder
  • Tan Seng Toh - Perak AMANAH state vice-chairman

Sarawak United Peoples' Party[edit]

United Bumiputera Heritage Party[edit]

Progressive Democratic Party[edit]

Sabah Heritage Party[edit]

United Sabah Party[edit]




  • Lee Chong Wei – former world No.1 men's singles shuttler; record ten-time Malaysia Open winner; 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist; 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics silver medalist; World Championship silver and bronze medalist; Asian Games silver and bronze medalist; three-time All England Open champion; a total of 55 career titles won as of 2014
  • Eddy Choong – men's singles shuttler; brother of David E. L. Choong; four-time All-England Open champion
  • Wong Peng Soon – Malaysian-born men's singles shuttler who later represented Singapore; four-time All-England Open champion and record holder for the most Malaysia Open titles (8) won for over 60 years before being surpassed by Lee Chong Wei in 2013
  • David E. L. Choong – men's singles shuttler. Brother of Eddy Choong; All-England champion in 1951, 1952, and 1953
  • Ng Boon BeeAll-England Open men's doubles champion in 1965, 1966, and 1971; member of Malaysia's winning Thomas Cup team in 1967
  • Tan Yee Khan – All-England Open men's doubles champion with Ng Boon Bee in 1965 and 1966, and a member of Malaysia's winning Thomas Cup team in 1967
  • Tan Aik Huang – former All-England Open men's singles champion
  • Koo Kien Keat – former world No.1 men's doubles pair with Tan Boon Heong; Asian Games gold and silver medalist; World Championships silver and bronze medalist; All-England Open Champions; two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist in men's doubles and 2012 London Olympics semifinalists
  • Tan Boon Heong – former world No.1 men's doubles pair with Koo Kien Keat; Asian Games gold and silver medalist, World Championships silver and bronze medalist, All-England Open Champions, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, 2012 London Olympics semifinalists and former World Junior Champion
  • Chan Chong Ming – men's doubles shuttler; 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist; World Championships and Asian Games bronze medalist; two-time World Junior Champion
  • Chan Peng Soon – former world No.3 mixed doubles pair with Goh Liu Ying
  • Goh Liu Ying – former world No.3 mixed doubles pair with Chan Peng Soon
  • Wong Mew Choo – former world No.7 women's singles shuttler; 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist; wife to Lee Chong Wei as of 2012
  • Cheah Soon Kit – former world no.1 men's doubles shuttler; 1996 Olympics silver medalist with Yap Kim Hock, member of Malaysia's 1992 winning Thomas cup team, World Cup and World Grand Prix gold medalist, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalist, World Championships silver and bronze medalist and Asian Games silver medalist
  • Yap Kim Hock – men's doubles shuttler; 1996 Olympics silver medalist with Cheah Soon Kit; World Grand Prix gold medalist; Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalist; World Championship silver and bronze medalist; Asian Games bronze medalist
  • Wong Choong Hann – former world No.2 men's singles shuttler; 2003 World Championships silver medalist; Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze medalist
  • Ong Ewe Hock – former world No.2 men's singles shuttler; 1994 Commonwealth games silver medalist


  • Yeoh Ken Nee – won bronze medal in springboard diving at the 2002 and 2010 Asian Games
  • Ooi Tze Liang – won gold medal in springboard and silver medal in platform at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Leong Mun Yee – won bronze medal in springboard diving at the 2006 Asian Games
  • Cheong Jun Hoong – won a silver medal in 10m synchronized diving at the 2016 Olympics with Pandelela Rinong. Won a gold medal in the 10m platform event at the 2017 FINA World Championship s.


  • Alex Lim – won gold medal in backstroke at the 1998 Asian games, silver medal in backstroke at 2002 Commonwealth games
  • Welson Sim – competed in the men's 400 metre freestyle at the 2016 Olympics


  • Soh Chin Aun – former captain of Malaysia's national football team
  • Lim Teong Kim – retired Malaysian football player; former assistant coach of Bayern Munich U-19 team
  • Ong Kim Swee – head coach of Malaysia national football team


  • Josiah Ng – won silver medals in track cycling at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Asian Games; won gold medal in track cycling at 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Ng Joo Ngan – former Commonwealth Games cycling champion


  • Chung Thye Yong – first Chinese rugby player in Malaysia; first racehorse owner in the country
  • Chung Kok Ming – one of the finest tennis players in the country during his time – first Asian committee member of Perak Turf Club
  • Alex Yoong – Formula One racer



See also[edit]


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  6. ^ "Chen Lip Keong". Forbes. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ Wu Lien-Teh, Plague Fighter: The Autobiography of a Modern Chinese Physician. Areca Books, 2014 (reprint). ISBN 9789675719141
  8. ^ "Up close & personal with Pua Khein-Seng". Retrieved 19 October 2011.