Chronology:Ng Yen Yen
"Recommending someone who holds a PR in a foreign country for a senatorship brings disrepute to the Senate, and in this case, also to the Pahang exco and to the Legislative Assembly. I am shocked to learn about what was reported... I need to clarify this as my reputation is at stake." — Lim Ah Lek
1947: Ng Yen Yen was born in Kampung Kubang Pasu, Kota Bharu in Kelantan.
Unknown: As a teenager, Ng Yen Yen had to give tuition to finance her Form 6 education at the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur.
1972 (age 25): Ng Yen Yen obtained her medical degree (MBBS) from Universiti Malaya and was later also awarded a Diploma in Reproductive Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University, United States.
1990 (age 43): Ng Yen Yen was granted Australian permanent residence status from 1990 through 1995.
1992, April (age 45): In Australia, Ng Yen Yen teamed up with Soh Chee Wen, General (Rtd) Mohamed Ngah Said, and two Australians to run a stock-broking business via New South Wales-based company, Indo Pacific Securities Limited until May 1995. She was a director of the company from April 1992 until she resigned in May 1995.
1993, August (age 46): Ng Yen Yen became a Senator in the Dewan Negara, after being recommended by the then MCA deputy president, Lim Ah Lek. Her senatorship was from the Pahang state government under MCA's quota.
1995 (age 48): Ng Yen Yen revoked her permanent residency in her second year of senatorship, as she did not need to travel to Australia that frequently anymore. She had obtained the Australian PR status to facilitate her frequent traveling to Australia to look after her 3 sons who "were in their early formative years and studying there".
1999 (age 52): Ng Yen Yen was elected the Member of Parliament for Raub in Pahang in the general election.
2003 (age 56): Ng Yen Yen was appointed Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister.
2008 (age 61):
March 8: Ng Yen Yen retained her Raub parliamentary seat in the 2008 general elections with a 2,752 majority against the Democratic Action Party's Abu Bakar Lebai Sudin.
March 18: Ng Yen Yen was appointed Minister of Women, Family and Community Developmment.
October 18: Ng Yen Yen was elected Vice-President of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).
Ng Yen Yen stepped down as Chief of the Women's wing of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).
2009 (age 62):
April 10: Ng Yen Yen was appointed Minister of Tourism in Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's new cabinet.
September: Ng Yen Yen sparked an uproar in Southeast Asia, particularly among Singaporeans, for staking claims on food such as laksa, bak kut teh, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and chilli crab as uniquely Malaysian, even though historical evidences have traced the origins of the food to elsewhere or shared among the neighboring country. When asked about the claim, she said: "We cannot continue to let other countries hijack our food. We have to lay claim to our food." Several people are highly critical over her remarks and warned that lawsuits could surface.
2010 (age 63): The Tourism Ministry travel expenses was revealed to have balloon by 40% since 2008. Travel expenses were RM1.6 million in 2009 and RM1.7 million up to October 2010. Travel expenses included an RM793,000 3-day trip to Moscow, an RM90,000 3-day trip to Singapore and a 7-day RM431,000 trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. This drew heavy criticism, with accusations of Ng Yen Yen being more of a tourist than the Minister of Tourism.
2011 (age 64):
March 17: Integrated Strategic Communications (ISC), the advertising agency behind the award-winning “Malaysia, Truly Asia” tourism campaign, withdrew its bid, after claiming that it was asked for bribes in exchange for the advertising and promotions deal worth RM381 million. Ng Yen Yen had since sued its Chief Executive Officer, Austen Zecha.
June 14: Ng Yen Yen was embroiled in the Facebook controversy when her deputy, James Dawos Mamit, revealed in Parliament that RM1,758,432 was spent on developing 6 Facebook pages for Malaysia's tourism. He said that the 6 pages — Cuti-Cuti 1 Malaysia, Citrawarna 1Malaysia, Karnival Jualan Mega 1 Malaysia, Festival Pelancongan Seni Kontemporari 1 Malaysia, Kempen 1 Malaysia Bersih and Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia — cost RM293,072 each.
June 17: Ng Yen Yen was confronted with a hostile Cabinet today when she tried to explain her ministry's controversial RM1.8 million outlay on 6 Facebook pages and was told by some colleagues not to waste their time. rather than addressing the root cause of the allegations against her, the tourism minister had chosen to beat around the bush in defending herself. "She did not explain [the] cost, not the cost or bill. Only the importance of cyber advertising and other [nonsense]", said the source.
2012 (age 65): Ng Yen Yen confirmed that she had applied to be an Australian permanent resident (PR) in the 1990s, while being a senator, saying she was "proud" that her son had been educated there. She gave it up in 1995, after her son had completed his studies there.