Chairman’s Biography

Tan Kok Wai

YB Tan Kok Wai

Current Designations

  • Special Envoy of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of China
  • Chairman of Malaysia-China Business Council
  • National Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Malaysia
  • Chairman of DAP State Committee for Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Presidential Council Member of Pakatan Harapan, the Federal Government Coalition of Malaysia.
  • Pakatan Harapan’s State Chairman for Federal Territories.
  • Member of the Malaysian Parliamentary Selection Committee
  • Member of Parliament for Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Tan Kok Wai was born on 7th October 1957 in Sepang New Village, Selangor, Malaysia, with his ancestral home in Yongchun County of Fujian Province, China.
  • In 1979, he served as the political secretary to DAP Member of Parliament for Kuala Lumpur Bandar, and became a member of the party in the same year.
  • In 1986, he contested in the general election for Sungai Besi parliamentary constituency in Kuala Lumpur. He was elected as a member of parliament for the first time.
  • In 1990, Tan Kok Wai was re-elected for the same constituency in the general election.
  • In the 6 following general elections in 1995, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018, Tan Kok Wai was elected as the Member of Parliament for Cheras constituency in  Kuala Lumpur for 6 consecutive terms.
  • Tan Kok Wai had served as DAP’s Acting National Chairman, National Deputy Chairman, National Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Election Preparation Committee, Member of General Election Candidate Selection Committee in 2008, 2013 and 2018, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, National Organising Secretary, and National Publicity Secretary.
  • In terms of social service, he is now serving as the advisor to more than one hundred societies.