David E. L. Choong
Personal information
Birth nameChoong Ewe Leong
Country Malaysia
Born(1929-04-05)5 April 1929
Penang, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died10 September 2011(2011-09-10) (aged 82)
Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia

Choong Ewe Leong (Chinese: 莊友良; pinyin: Zhuāng Youliáng; 5 April 1929 – 10 September 2011) was a Malaysian badminton player and politician.

Career

With his younger brother, the charismatic Eddy Choong, he captured men's doubles titles at the prestigious All-England Championships in 1951, 1952, and 1953. They were finalists in 1954, 1955, and 1957.[1] He shared the All-England mixed doubles crown with June White (Timperly) in 1953 and they were finalists in 1955.[2] Between 1949 and 1957 Choong won national open titles in most of the European nations that held such tournaments.[3] In part, because he resided in Great Britain during most of his badminton prime, David Choong never represented Malaya in the coveted Thomas Cup (world team) competition. He was inducted into the International Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998.

Politics

Choong was a Penang State Legislative Assemblyman for Air Itam from 1974 to 1978. He also contested in the 1964 for the Tanjong parliamentary seat as an Alliance coalition candidate of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and 1990 general election for the Bukit Bendera parliamentary seat as Barisan Nasional coalition candidate of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan).

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1964 Tanjong David Choong Ewe Leong (MCA) 6,271 22.01% Lim Chong Eu (UDP) 12,928 45.37% 29,165 4,412 83.90%
Tan Phock Kin (SF) 8,516 29.89%
Tan Chong Bee (PAP) 778 2.73%
1990 Bukit Bendera David Choong Ewe Leong (Gerakan) 15,519 37.40% Gooi Hock Seng (DAP) 25,978 62.60% 42,310 10,459 74.19%

Death

Choong died on 10 September 2011 in Tanjung Tokong. He was 82.[4]

Achievements

International tournaments

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1952 French Open Malaysia Eddy Choong 5–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1953 French Open Malaysia Eddy Choong 3–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1951 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong Malaysia Ong Poh Lim
Malaysia Ismail Marjan
9–15, 15–7, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1952 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong Denmark Poul Holm
Denmark Ole Jensen
9–15, 15–12, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1952 French Open Malaysia Eddy Choong France Henri Pellizza
France Paul Ailloud
15–2, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1953 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong Denmark Poul Holm
Denmark Ole Jensen
15–5, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1953 Denmark Open Malaysia Eddy Choong Denmark Poul Holm
Denmark Ole Jensen
15–6, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1953 French Open Malaysia Eddy Choong England Peter Birtwistle
India S. L. Jaini
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1954 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong Malaysia Ong Poh Lim
Malaysia Ooi Teik Hock
16–18, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1955 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong Denmark Finn Kobberø
Denmark Jørgen Hammergaard Hansen
9–15, 17–14, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1957 All England Malaysia Eddy Choong United States Joe Alston
Malaysia Johnny Heah
10–15, 17–16, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1957 German Open Malaysia Eddy Choong Indonesia Ferry Sonneville
Denmark Arne Rasmussen
15–9, 17–18, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1952 French Open England Mimi Wyatt Malaysia Eddy Choong
England Queenie Webber
15–12, 1–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1953 Denmark Open Denmark Inger Kjærgaard Malaysia Eddy Choong
Denmark Agnete Friis
17–18, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Honour

Honour of Malaysia

References

  1. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1967 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1967) 167,168.
  2. ^ Scheele, 170.
  3. ^ Scheele, 156,177, 178, 187, 188,206, 237, 248, 263,264.
  4. ^ "Friends and family pay last respects to David Choong". The Star. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".