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Koon Yew Yin (born December 28, 1932) is a Malaysian engineer, businessman, , and writer, one of the founders of the Malaysian construction companies IJM Corporation, Mudajaya, and Gamuda Berhad. s.

Early life

Koon was born on December 28, 1932.

Engineering career

He was a co-founder of Gamuda Berhad in 1976, and IJM Corporation with Dato' Yap Lim Sen in 1983.[1] <


He is a donor to universities and Malaysian Opposition political parties. His Koon Yew Yin scholarships provide financial assistance to poor Malaysian university students to pay tuition fees and living expenses.[2] By October 2010, Koon had given scholarships to some 70 Malaysian students.[3]

UTAR controversy

In August 2009, Ko he attempted to donate RM 30 million to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Perak.[4] The donation was to fund the construction of residential hostels for the students of the university.[4] When the university did not accept his donation after more than a year, Koon withdrew his offer.[4]

The university's apparent reluctance to accept his donation prompted him to blame the university administration, which is controlled by the Malaysian Chinese Association, a branch of the Barisan Nasional government. Koon publicly alleged that the university's apparent reluctance stemmed from the fact that the leaders of the Malaysian Chinese Association owned much of the housing near the university and were renting it out to students of the university.[5] Koon suggested that his proposed residential hostels posed a threat to the Malaysian Chinese Association's leaders' positions as local landlords, and they were thus reluctant to accept his offer because of a conflict of interest.[5]

Ipoh Malaysian Chinese Association politician Thong Fah Chong alleged that the reason for the university's reluctance to accept Koon's donation was that Koon wanted a seat on the university council as a condition, an allegation Koon has denied.[4] At the time, The Sun (Malaysia), a mainstream Malaysian newspaper, ran an article titled 'Tycoon wanted seat on council'.[3]

The UTAR controversy was mentioned in the national debate between Chua Soi Lek, the President of the Malaysian Chinese Association and Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang in July 2012.[6]

Political views

Koon is an outspoken critic of Malaysia's Barisan Nasional government.[7] He has been especially critical of its planned Langat 2 water treatment plant.[8]


Koon is a frequent contributor to the Centre for Policy Initiatives.[9], Malaysia Chronicle[10], Malaysiakini[11], and The Malaysian Insider[7]

Koon's book Malaysia: Road Map for Achieving Vision 2020 was published in 2012. Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan, Chairperson of Bersih and former President of the Malaysian Bar, called it 'a must read for all those who believe that our children deserve a better Malaysia'.[12]

Personal life

Koon lives in Ipoh, Perak, with his wife Tan Kit Pheng.

Books by Koon Yew Yin

Malaysia: Road Map For Achieving Vision 2020, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2012


  1. 'The Aim: Win The Elections', BFM Uncensored", [1]
  2. Koon Yew Yin Educational Foundation Fund, 'Koon Yew Yin scholarships', Centre for Policy Initiatives, 10th October 2012, [2]
  3. 3.0 3.1 N.H. Chan, 'Why was tycoon Yew Yin's well-meaning RM30 million offer to Utar spurned?', Sin Chew Daily, 7th October 2010, [3]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Koon Yew Yin, 'MCA howler over RM30 million donation', Sin Chew Daily, 9th September 2010, [4]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Koon Yew Yin, 'RM30 million donation rejected and scholarship for the poor', Lim Kit Siang for Malaysia, [5]
  6. 'Debate2.0 : 2012 Lim Guan Eng vs Chua Soi Lek (Full Version)', YouTube, 9th July 2012, [6], [7]
  7. 7.0 7.1 Koon Yew Yin, 'Reminder of Perak constitutional crisis', The Malaysian Insider, 2nd October 2012, [8]
  8. Koon Yew Yin, 'S'gor water 'crisis': Better alternatives to Langat 2', Malaysiakini, 6th August 2012, [9]
  10. Koon Yew Yin, 'SHAMEFUL & PATHETIC: MCA’s Record on Education', Malaysia Chronicle, 21st August 2012, [10]
  12. Malaysia: Road Map For Achieving Vision 2020, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2012, Back Cover

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