Hou Kok Chung
|Vice-President of Malaysian Chinese Association|
21 December 2013 – 5 November 2018
|President||Liow Tiong Lai|
|Deputy Minister of Higher Education I|
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Prime Minister||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Minister||Mohamed Khaled Nordin|
|Preceded by||Ong Tee Keat|
|Succeeded by||Mary Yap Kain Ching|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
|Preceded by||Hoo Seong Chang (MCA-BN)|
|Succeeded by||Liew Chin Tong (DAP-PR)|
Hou Kok Chung
22 February 1963
Kluang, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Political party||Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)|
|Barisan Nasional (BN)|
|Alma mater||University of Malaya|
SOAS University of London
|Hanyu Pinyin||Hé Guózhōng|
|Hokkien POJ||Hô Koktiong|
Personal life and education
Hailing from the state of Johor, his birthplace is Kluang, he received his early education at Kahang Chinese Primary School, Tengku Aris Bendahara Kluang National Secondary School, Sultan Abdul Jalil Kluang National Secondary School, Chong Hwa Chinese Secondary School and Kluang High School.
Kok Chung is married to Lim Mooi Lang, and together has a son and two daughters.
Kok Chung is an alumnus of University of Malaya (UM), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the SOAS, University of London. He started as a lecturer in UM, moving up in his academic career as an associate professor, as Head of the East Asia Studies and most recently helm the Institute for China Studies in the same university as its director, when he opted for early retirement to contest in the 12th Malaysian general election.
He had written, as well as co-authored numerous books, mostly related to the political, economic, education dan cultural endeavours of the Chinese community in Malaysia, and its connections to East Asian countries namely China, Japan dan Taiwan.
Kok Chung’s academic passion saw him appointed into Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Council as the deputy chairman; council member of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC); Guest Professor to Xiamen University; and an adjunct professor of UTAR.
Formerly one of the four vice-presidents of MCA (2013-2018), he secured the second highest number of votes during the party election held on 21 December 2013. Kok Chung is a 2nd term Senator in the Senate of Malaysia appointed in 2014 and ends in 2020.
In the 12th Malaysian general election, Kok Chung contested in the parliamentary constituency of Kluang (P.152) in the state of Johor as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, which he won. Winning in the 12th GE, Kok Chung’s earned a place as the deputy minister for Higher Education in the then newly-formed Malaysian Cabinet.
In the 13th Malaysian general election in 2013, Kok Chung re-contested the constituency of Kluang, but was defeated by a Democratic Action Party (DAP) opponent, Liew Chin Tong. In the 14th Malaysian general election, Kok Chung contested the Tebrau constituency (P.158) in Johor, but ultimately lost to Pakatan Harapan's Choong Shiau Yoon.
|2008||P152 Kluang, Johor||Hou Kok Chung (MCA)||27,970||53.62%||Ng Lam Hua (DAP)||24,189||46.38%||52,159||3,781||76.60%|
|2013||Hou Kok Chung (MCA)||33,215||45.01%||Liew Chin Tong (DAP)||40,574||54.99%||75,308||7,359||86.80%|
|2018||P158 Tebrau, Johor||Hou Kok Chung (MCA)||27,310||26.27%||Choong Shiau Yoon (PKR)||64,535||62.09%||105,420||37,225||85.68%|
|Abdullah Husin (PAS)||12,098||11.64%|
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