Howard Lee Chuan How

State Assemblyman for Pasir Pinji | Perak DAPSY Chief | Harapan Youth Deputy Chair


Howard Lee Chuan How (simplified Chinese: 李存孝; born 3 January 1983) is a Malaysian politician, currently serving his second term as the Perak State Legislative Assemblyman for Pasir Pinji (N.27) as well as Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (DAPSY) National Chief. He was the 24th President of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). Due to the coalition of Pakatan Harapan during 14th General Election Malaysia (GE14), he also currently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Pakatan Harapan National Youth Wing.

Early life

Lee was born in Ipoh in 1983 and was schooled at SRJK ( C ) Poi Lam until primary 6. He then continued his secondary education at Great Yarmouth High School & Technology College, United Kingdom, and completed a BTEC National Diploma in Science at Great Yarmouth FE College in the East of England. He also subsequently acquired an NVG level 4 in Hospitality, Catering and Food Management. Lee has been involved in politics & activism as early as the age of 16 when he was elected Vice president of the local Student Union in the East of England. During his time as the general manager of one of the top Premium Food and Beverage businesses in Norfolk, UK, Lee and a few of his counterparts founded a civil and society movement that revitalized a previously neglected section of Norwich City, into a heritage attraction and booming retail district. Active in local politics throughout his working life, he also contested as a candidate under the UK Liberal Democrats at a City Council by election. Lee returned to Malaysia at the end of 2007 saw the start of his involvement with DAP Malaysia. Seeing the injustice and corruption that he has read over the years, he immediately got involved and was inadvertently appointed campaign manager for the then first term candidate for the state assembly constituency of Canning, Sdr Wong Kah Woh. Since then, Lee has continued to play various key roles behind the scenes, as well as in the frontline in DAP Malaysia and the then Malaysian main opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat. As State Secretary of DAPSY Perak, he worked tirelessly throughout the state, speaking in rural areas addressing village folk and bringing to them the latest political news, as well as regularly working the Urban ceramah (rally) circuit. Lee also heads PROSPECT, an independently funded policy thinktank charged with the task of crafting policies for Perak state political leaders through public and stakeholder engagement. Lee was also the director of the Pakatan Rakyat Alternative Budget Task-force, and the leader of the Pakatan Rakyat Perak Manifesto Team.

Political Career

During the 13th General Elections of Malaysia, Lee won the State constituency of Pasir Pinji polling 17,896 votes defeating Barisan National candidate with 13,632 majority. In the 2015, he was elected as one of the DAPSY central committee member[6] and also Perak DAPSY Chief.

In the 2016, Lee was also elected as the 24th President of IUSY, the largest political youth organisation in the world during the congress in Albania.[8] He is the first Southeast Asian to be elected to the position, and this is the highest international position that DAPSY has achieved. He was also appointed into the Board of the Progressive Alliance, the highest forum of the global organisation in his capacity as the IUSY President. He is also standing member of SocDem Asia’s Steering Committee, representing DAP at the regional level. He remains as instrumental player in global and regional progressive political party circles.

​During the 14th General Elections of Malaysia, Lee retained his constituency of Pasir Pinji seat polling 23,282 votes, defeating Barisan Nasional candidate with 20,856 majority. In May 2018, Lee was appointed as one of the 10 Perak State Executive Council, making him the then youngest State Minister in Perak under the Pakatan Harapan helmed State cabinet. He was also elected as the DAPSY national Chief in the wing’s Congress held in December of the same year. His was charged with the portfolio Youth and Sports Development (PPBS). He was also the Chairperson of the Perak State Sports Council, Chairperson of the State government’s Youth Development Agency (PUSAT ASPIRASI ANAK PERAK- PASAK), the executive director of the State official policy thinktank (Institut Darul Ridzuan IDR), a committee in Perak Investment Council of Advisory.

During his tenure, he was widely acknowledged for achieving the impossible task of getting Perak’s hosting of the National Games (SUKMA2020) back on track. He was also the lead operational figure that organised Perak’s largest ever International investment and Trade exposition PIEX, which combined the State’s first ever Startup Festival, Pangkor Dialogue, Perak Halal Fest, and Perak Expo. The event was attended by over 20,000 delegates from more than 18 nations.

During the political crisis which saw the political coup d’etat that collapsed the Pakatan Harapan federeal government as well as State governments of Johor, Melaka, Perak and Kedah, Lee was removed from his executive office. He retains his role as the State Assemblyperson for Pasir PInji.

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