About OKM


Dr. Ong Kian Ming was elected as a first-time Member of the Malaysian Federal Parliament for P102 Serdang in the May 2013 General Election. He represents the Democratic Action Party (DAP) which is part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Opposition coalition. He joined DAP in 2012 and has served DAP in various capacities, formerly as Election Strategist during the 2013 General Election and currently as the Assistant Director for Political Education.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Dr. Ong was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Policy Science and a regional consultant for the Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre at UCSI University. He was also formerly a policy analyst for SEDAR (Social Economic Development and Research Institute) and INSAP (Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research). Prior to that, he was an associate consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr. Ong was a Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University in USA. He also has a Masters in Economics from Cambridge University and a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to that he was an ASEAN Scholar in Singapore and completed his “O” and “A” levels in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College respectively. He attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Petaling Jaya, Selangor  until Form 3. He was born in Kuala Lumpur and considers himself a PJ boy.

Personal Particulars:

Full Name: Ong Kian Ming (王建民)
Marital Status: Married since 2004 (no children)
Religion: Christian (Protestant)
Date of Birth: 12th September 1975
Place of Birth: Kuala Lumpur
Current residence: Petaling Jaya and Serdang Raya, Selangor


Kian-Ming Ong, “Malaysia in 2010: Resurgent Najib and BN, Stumbling Anwar and PR” in Southeast Asian Affairs 2011, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, 2011, Daljit Singh (ed)

Kian-Ming Ong, “Pakatan Rakyat – What’s different this time”, The Round Table, Vol. 99, No. 407, pp.141-152, 2010

Kian-Ming Ong, “The April tri-elections in retrospect”, article published in Aliran, May 2009.

Hong-Hai Lim and Kian-Ming Ong, “Election Campaigning in Malaysia.” In Election Campaigning in East and Southeast Asia: Globalization of Political Marketing, edited by Christian Schafferrer. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006.

Kian-Ming Ong and Bridget Welsh. “Electoral Delimitation – a Case Study of Kedah.” In Elections and Democracy in Malaysia, edited by Norani Othman Mavis Puthucheary, pp.316 to 46. Bangi: UKM, 2005.

Kian-Ming Ong, “Examining the Electoral Roll.” In Elections and Democracy in Malaysia, edited by Norani Othman Mavis Puthucheary, pp. 292 to 315. Bangi: UKM, 2005.

Kian-Ming Ong, “Chinese-in-a-Box? The Future of Chinese Parties in Peninsular Malaysia.” In Reflections – the Mahathir Years, edited by Bridget Welsh, pp. 189 to 99. Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins University, 2004.