Leong Yew Koh

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Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun
Leong Yew Koh
1st Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka
In office
31 August 1957 – 30 August 1959
Succeeded by Abdul Malek Yusuf
Personal details
Born (1888-08-22)22 August 1888
Sungai Siput, Perak, Federated Malay States, British Malaya
Died 12 January 1963(1963-01-12) (aged 74)
Political party Malayan Chinese Association (MCA)
Spouse(s) Ho York Ling
Children 1. Leong Kok Yin (M)
2. Leong Kok Cheong (M)
3. Leong (F)
4. Leong Kok Chee (M)
5. Leong Kok Hong (M)
6. Leong (F)
7. Leong (F)
Occupation MCA Secretary-General (1952–1957)

Tun Leong Yew Koh (Chinese: 梁宇皋; pinyin: Liáng Yǔgāo; Jyutping: Leung1 Yau3 Koh5; 22 August 1888 – 12 January 1963)[1] was the first Governor of Malacca since independence.


Born in Salak Utara, Sungai Siput, Perak on 22 August 1888, Leong was the son of Leong Yew Teen, who was responsible in developing Salak Utara, Perak.

He went to Canton, China, for his early education. At age 13, he came back to Malaya from China and studied in Anglo-Chinese School Ipoh and St Xavier's Institution, Penang. 1906, at age 16, he joined Tongmenghui Singapore.

He went to the University of London in 1908, studying economics, sociology, political science and law. He graduated in 1912 with an LLB.

Legal career

He was called to the bar in 1920 and served as an advocate and solicitor in the Federated Malay States (FMS) and was also a member of the FMS Bar Committee until his resignation in 1932.[2][3]

Political career

On 27 February 1949, Tun Tan Cheng Lock founded the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) along with Leong Yew Koh and Colonel H. S. Lee. He was the first Secretary-General of MCA.[4]

He was appointed as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka on 31 August 1957, and served until 30 August 1959.

In 1958, he was awarded a federal title of Tun, bestowed by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agung of Malaya.

In 1959, he was appointed as Justice Minister of Malaya. He died on 12 January 1963.[5]

He was the first Chinese to be appointed as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri in any of the Malaysian States.[6] As of 2015, he is the only Chinese to be appointed as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri in any of the Malaysian States.


Honour of Malaya


  1. ^ "The First President of Malacca". 2012-09-24. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Unititled notice, The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 July 1932, Page 12
  4. ^ "Malaysian Road Names: Who's Who?". Malaysian Digest. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. ^ "Tun Leong Yew Koh Meninggal Dunia". 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. ^ "First Malacca Governor is Leong Yew Koh. But today even government office boy's job denied to Indian poor: Racist UMNO Agenda". Human Rights Party Malaysia. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2018-02-14 – via archive.is.
  7. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1958" (PDF).
New creation Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca
Succeeded by
Abdul Malek Yusuf
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