Tan Tee Beng

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Tan Tee Beng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Nibong Tebal, Penang
In office
Preceded byZainal Abidin Osman
Succeeded byMansor Othman
Personal details
Born (1972-02-21) 21 February 1972 (age 47)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyIndependent (2010-2011, 2012-present)
KITA (2011-2012)
PKR (2007–2010)
GERAKAN (until 2000)
Alma materMiddlesex University
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese陈智铭
Traditional Chinese陳智銘
Hanyu PinyinChén Zhìmíng
Hokkien POJTân Tìbêng

Tan Tee Beng (Chinese: 陈智铭; born 21 February 1972) is a Malaysian independent politician. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Nibong Tebal constituency in Penang, Malaysia.

Tan was elected to Parliament in the 2008 general election for the opposition National Justice Party (KeADILan) which later change to People's Justice Party (PKR) party, unseating Zainal Abidin Osman, a government Minister.[1][2] On 1 March 2010, Tan announced he was leaving PKR to sit as an Independent member of Parliament.[3] His resignation from PKR followed the instigation of disciplinary action against him by the party after he criticised Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng from the party's Pakatan Rakyat coalition partner the Democratic Action Party.[4] Tan has later announced he join Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (KITA) on 24 February 2011.[5] But he was sacked from KITA on 7 February 2012 allegedly for making statement disparaging the party.[6] Tan contested as an Independent candidate in an four-corner fight for Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat in the 2018 general election but lost.[7]

Tan's father, Datuk Tan Gim Hwa, was a founding member of the Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (GERAKAN), a coalition party the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government),[8] and even Tan himself before joining PKR is a former official in Gerakan's youth wing.[9][10] He was the GERAKAN's candidate for the Penang State Legislative Assembly seat of Batu Lancang in the 1999 general election which he lost by a slim majority.[11]

Before entering politics, Tan was a stockbroker. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Middlesex University.[12]

Election results[edit]

Penang State Legislative Assembly: N27 Batu Lancang, P49 Jelutong[13]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Tan Tee Beng (Gerakan) 7,251 48.01% Law Heng Kiang (DAP) 7,532 49.87% 15,104 281 74.37%
Parliament of Malaysia: P47 Nibong Tebal, Penang[14][15][16]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Tan Tee Beng (PKR) 20,210 54.13% Zainal Abidin Osman (UMNO) 17,123 45.87% 38,129 3,087 80.20%
2018 Tan Tee Beng (IND) 331 0.53% Mansor Othman (PKR) 45,929 55.18% 63,199 15,817 86.12%
Shaik Hussein Mydin (UMNO) 28,035 33.68%
Mohd Helmi Haron (PAS) 8,173 9.82%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Penang Umno on its toes". The Star. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ "MP Nibong Tebal keluar PKR, jadi bebas". Malaysiakini. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Nibong Tebal MP quits PKR (Updated)". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  5. ^ "MP Nibong Tebal masuk parti KITA". Lee Way Loon & Zakaria Hazlan (in Malay). Malaysiakini. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Kita: Tee Beng tidak akan merayu, cabar Zaid". SYAJARATULHUDA MOHAMAD ROSLI (in Malay). Sinar Harian. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Independent candidate draws up contract to assure voters". The Star. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Following in dad's footsteps". The Star (Malaysia). 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  9. ^ Illogical to remove Koh, says Penang Gerakan Youth, Hafiz Marzukhi, 9 August 2011, The Star
  10. ^ "Gerakan veep slams party leadership over show-cause letter". The Star (Malaysia). 3 June 2009. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Gerakan Slams Two Assemblymen For Quitting Party". Utusan Online. 4 December 1999. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Tech junkie". The Star (Malaysia). 25 March 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  13. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  16. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.