Wong Chin Huat

Professor Wong is a resident political scientist at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute and the Jeffrey Sachs Center inquiring on how democracy and group competition may produce a sustainable future for humans. A Chevening scholar, he studied electoral system and party system at University of Essex. Convinced by Federalist Paper No 10, Wong sees division is inevitable to democracy as aging is to longevity. In collaboration with electoral reform lobby Bersih 2.0, he and his team at Penang Institute scrutinised the Election Commission’s constituency delimitation proposals in 2016-8, producing nine reports filed in courts by litigants including state governments. Wong now leads the cluster on electoral system and constituency delimitation in the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC). Besides academic papers, he also writes commentaries in English, Chinese and Malay for New York Times, Project Syndicate, Malaysiakini and other media.