My name is Wong Chen. I was born in Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya in 1968 and my early childhood was spent in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
My father is a self-made businessman and my mother is a homemaker. I have two brothers and a sister. My parents are both from very humble origins and had limited education. They were keen that we, their children, received a good education. I was lucky to have been able to study in Singapore for high school and later in England for my law degree.
After graduating, I didn’t care much about making a lot of money. I practiced law in Kota Bharu where I also did community work, helping the rural poor and powerless through the local legal aid bureau. After five years in Kelantan, I returned to live in Kuala Lumpur and became a lawyer specialising in corporate law and information technology. During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, I was deeply moved by the Reformasi Movement, cementing my belief that the path to economic prosperity will require democratic political reforms.
I am now the Investment and Trade Chairman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat. In this role, I support the party with economic research and policy ideas. For the last four years, I have worked on numerous economic, political and, social policy papers. I have also given numerous media interviews and press conferences on a wide range of subjects.
Like every Malaysian, I worry about what lies ahead for our nation. I worry about what the future holds for my wife, my little son, and my young daughter. However, I believe in the power of change. I believe in the power of hope and goodness.
Malaysia is ready for a new and better federal government. It is both exhilarating and humbling to be here at the precipice of great political change and doing my bit as a Member of Parliament. However, we need your support for one final push. With your support, we can change all our lives for the better. Help us bring an end to gross and endemic crime and corruption. Help us end crony monopolies and bring forth lower cost of living for the rakyat. Help us create new jobs and return economic prosperity to all Malaysians. Help us rebuild Malaysia into a fair, prosperous, and peaceful multi-racial nation.