Chong Kah Kiat
Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat (Chinese: 章家傑, born June 2, 1948) was the 13th Chief Minister of Sabah
Sabah is one of 13 member states of Malaysia. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It is the second largest state in the country after Sarawak, which it borders on its southwest. It also shares a border with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south...

, Malaysia. He is also the former president of the Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Democratic Party (Malaysia)
The Liberal Democratic Party is a Chinese political party originally founded in the town of Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia by Hiew Min Kong in 1989.The party is considered a minor political party in Malaysia, having its base mainly in Sabah...


History in politics

Born in Kudat, Chong was a graduate of New Zealand
New Zealand
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's Victoria University of Wellington
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, earning a Masters law degree (LLM first class honours) in 1975.

He contested and won the Kudat
Kudat is a town in Sabah, East Malaysia, on the northern tip of Borneo island. It serves as the administrative center for the Kudat Division, which includes the towns of Kudat, Pitas, Kota Marudu, and some offshore islands....

 seat on a Berjaya
BERJAYA was a political party based in the eastern state of Sabah in Malaysia. BERJAYA stands for Parti Bersatu Rakyat Jelata Sabah or Sabah People's United Front. The party was a result of a cooperation between Sabah's first Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens and former United Sabah National...

 ticket in the March 1981 state election and was appointed assistant minister to the chief minister
Chief Minister
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 the following year. He held the post until April 1985 when he lost the seat to Datuk Wong Phin Chung of Parti Bersatu Sabah
Parti Bersatu Sabah
The Parti Bersatu Sabah is a political party in Sabah, east Malaysia. It was registered as a political party on March 5, 1985...


In March 1987, he became a member of the Berjaya Supreme Council but later left the party when it became clear that it was losing ground.

Chong and several Chinese leaders founded the LDP in 1989 and was made its pro-tem secretary general. Then in 1991, he became the party's president
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. He did not contest in the 1994 state election but a year later was appointed as Senator in the Dewan Negara
Dewan Negara
The Dewan Negara is the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia. The Dewan Negara consists of 70 members, of which 26 are indirectly elected by the states, with two senators for every state in the Federation, and the other 44 being appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong .The Dewan Negara...

, and subsequently included in the federal cabinet
Cabinet of Malaysia
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 as a minister
Minister (government)
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 in the Prime Minister
Prime Minister of Malaysia
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's Department. He quit the federal ministerial post in March 1999 to contest in the state polls. This time, he won back his traditional stronghold of Kudat, and was appointed state minister of Tourism Development, Environment, Science and Technology.

Chong became the 13th Chief Minister of Sabah in 2001 representing the Chinese
Overseas Chinese
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 community in a rotation system mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in 1994.

When Datuk Seri Musa Aman
Musa Aman
Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman , is the 14th and current Chief Minister of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. He took over the post from Chong Kah Kiat on March 27, 2003...

 took over the helm of the state government in 2003, Chong was appointed deputy chief minister as well as the person in charge of the tourism, culture and environment portfolio. It was then the rotation system was scrapped and from then onwards, the Chief Minister post was held by the United Malays National Organisation
United Malays National Organisation
The United Malays National Organisation, is Malaysia's largest political party; a founding member of the National Front coalition, which has played a dominant role in Malaysian politics since independence....


In April 2007, Chong resigned from the Deputy Chief Minister post under Datuk Musa Aman's cabinet, citing matters of principle.
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