Sunday, April 13, 2008


Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn
Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM)
Darjah Gemilang Seri Melaka (DGSM)
Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM)

TAN SRI DR FONG CHAN ONN is the Member of Parliament for Alor Gajah, Melaka – a post he has held since 1996 (formerly known as the Selandar contituency). He served as the Minister of Human Resources from December 1999 to March 2008. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Minister of Education from October 1990 till December 1999.

He is a senior member of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) – the second largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. Dr Fong also sat on the National Information Technology Council, the Cabinet Committee on National Competitiveness and the Cabinet Committee on Integrity In Government Management.

At the Party level, Dr Fong headed the MCA’s Economic Policy Bureau and the MCA Liaison Committee in Melaka until October 2008. He also actively participated in the MCA’s discussions on economic, political, cultural, social and education issues, including the National Economic Consultative Council, the drawing up of the Education Act 1991 and the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Council. He has also spoken on the Party and the community’s views on these issues in international forums. Dr Fong has also written several books and published numerous articles in international journals or chapters in books.

Dr Fong received his Doctorate in Operations Research/Industrial Economics and Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Rochester, New York. He obtained a First Class bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Dr Fong began his career in the Civil Service in the Telecommunications Department Kuala Lumpur. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya in 1990. Prior to this, he was the Japan Foundation Fellow, Institute of Development Economies, Tokyo (1979) and a Fulbright Exchange Professor, Stanford University (1980). He is married to Datin Seri Tan Lay Hwa and they have 3 sons and three grand daughters.

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