The Late Tan Sri Dato’ NAPSIAH OMAR




  • Bachelor of Science, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Master of Science, Cornell University, New York

Business and Occupation:

  • Company Director
  • Former Associate Professor, Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1981

Government Awards:

  • Conferred a Dato by Negeri Sembilan State Government
  • Conferred a Tan Sri by Federal Government

Government Positions Held:

  • Former Deputy Minister of National Unity and Social Development, 1982-87
  • Former Minister of Public Enterprise, 1987-90
  • Former Minister of National Unity and Social Development, 1990-1995
  • Former State Executive Councillor for Negeri Sembilan, 1996

Political Positions Held:

  • UMNO State Woman Leader for Negeri Sembilan up till 2004
  • Permanent Chairman of UMNO Wanita since 2004

NGO Positions:

  • Co-Founder cum Chairperson, Women’s Institute of Management since 1993
  • Former President, Federal Territory Girl Guides Association


  • Tokoh Wanita Negeri Sembilan, 2001
  • National Outstanding Educator Award (College category), 2015



Dato Dr. Nellie S. L. Tan-Wong was born in Labu, Negeri Sembilan, the only daughter of Dato B. H. Tan and Datin Rosie Tan.  She has 3 brothers: Bertie Tan Boon Leong, Georgie Tan Boon Guan, and Dannie Tan Boon Swee.  She is married to Dato Dr. Ir. Wong Chiang Choy,  a Consultant Civil and Structural Engineer.  They have 3 children: daughter, Josephine Wong Joy Lin and sons, John Wong Kok Hee and Paul Wong Kok Keong.

As a young girl, Dato Nellie observed that her parents had a very happy and successful marriage as they had so much to talk to one another as both of them held leadership positions in several NGOs and had much to share about their experiences in these NGOs.

Dato Nellie graduated as a Chartered Accountant from Australia and upon her return to Malaysia, set up her own private practice.  Today (2017), her firm has a staff strength of  33 person.

She went on to emulate her parents and first served in her church, holding various positions, including as Chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee of the Wesley Methodist Church, the Chinese Methodist Church and the Tamil Methodist Church of Seremban.

She proceeded to serve and hold leadership positions in Non Profit medical centres, women’s organisations, NGOs, politics, schools, clubs, professional body and international organisations.  Some of these positions include:

Non Profit  Medical Centres

She was the first lady President (2007-2014) of the NSCMH (Negeri Sembilan Chinese Maternity Hospital) Medical Centre, an old hospital incorporated in 1932 in a very poor state of repair.  She faced a huge challenge but managed to raise more than RM30 million in donations.  One of her donors gave a single cheque of RM10 million, after making earlier donations of RM500,000 and RM1 million respectively.  Her efforts included massive building renovations, e.g. increasing one more floor to the building to accommodate more beds, removing the ramp and replacing with 2 brand new elevators, a brand new modern maternity ward and nursery, a brand new Accident and Emergency Clinic, an Indoor Rock Garden, an enlarged Car Park, a new Imaging Dept. equipped with new X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI and Mammogram, 3 upgraded Operation Theatres, new individual specialist doctors consulting rooms, a new Physiotherapy Centre with a complete set of physio equipment with computer printout capability, a new Admin Dept. with 2 conference rooms and 1 training hall.  Four wellknown Negeri Sembilan artists donated their painting each of the four seasons in China, a businessman donated a baby grand piano, while a company donated a brand new Ambulance.

Dato Nellie was also the first lady Chairman of the Mawar Haemodialysis Centre, Seremban  (1995-1997) the first Non Profit private dialysis centre in Negeri Sembilan.  The Federal Government gave a grant of RM3 million and the balance of funds needed was raised through donations.

Malaysian Red Crescent Society, N.S.

After serving as Hon. Treasurer, Dato Nellie was elected as the first lady  Chairman of the MRCS, N.S.  (1981-1995) and first lady National Vice Chairman (1998-2000).  She holds the rank of Brigadier-General.  Today (2017) she is an active State Advisor of the MRCS, N.S., which has won many National First Aid Competitions.  From statistics provided by the Education Dept., N.S., the MRCS, N.S.  is the largest school uniformed body in Negeri Sembilan with more than 10,000 members.  Dato Nellie has been awarded several MRCS medals, including the highest medal – the MRCS Distinguished Service Medal.  Through fundraising efforts, the MRCS, N.S. today owns 2 unit of 3 storey shophouses, free of encumbrances, which house the MRCS Training Academy and the MRCS, N.S. head office.


Dato Nellie was the first lady Hon. Treasurer of the MCA State Liaison Committee ( 1971-1978 ).  She served in several political committees and was active in fundraising, which resulted in the construction of Wisma MCA Negeri Sembilan in Seremban.

Professional Bodies

Dato Nellie was the first lady Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of  Accountants, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca Branch (1998-2000) .


Dato Nellie served on the Board of Governors of the Chan Wa Secondary School, Seremban and the Sekolah Men. Tunku Ampuan Najihah, Seremban.

Unique Women’s NGO

On 14.5.1993 Dato Nellie and Tan Sri Napsiah Omar co-founded the Women’s Institute of Management, (WIM) a Non Profit NGO with income tax exempt status.  WIM is unique because it was cited in the 7th Malaysia Plan’s Women in Development chapter; it has conducted 713 training courses in Small Businesses, Women’s Leadership, Reproductive Health Issues, Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDs benefitting 32,507 participants up till 31.6.2017; WIM’s Website attracts as many as  84,183   hits per month from 156 countries; WIM has won several awards including from the European Union- Malaysia Chamber of  Trade and Commerce Sustainability Award in the Empowerment of Women category; WIM has been awarded projects by the UNFPA since 1997 up to date; WIM college runs a very successful British MBA Degree Programme.  WIM produces a Business Journal, INSPIRE, now at its 34th issue, which the US Embassy purchases since the first issue to despatch to the Library of the U.S. Congress in Washington; WIM owns its own 6-storey Building, Wisma WIM at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur which is free of encumbrances and has a market value (2017) at RM60 million Wisma WIM comprises an Admin Block, Auditorium and Residential  Block.  Dato Nellie is WIM’s Deputy Chairman, CEO and Editor of its Business Journal, INSPIRE – all in a voluntary capacity since 1993, pledging every Wednesday at the WIM Office for the past 24 years.

International Women’s Organisations

Dato Nellie served as Exco Member and Finance Chairman of World YWCA, Geneva (1983-1987) and Board of Member of the Women’s World Banking, New York, USA (1994-2000).  The Women’s World Banking is a product of the United Nations.

Prestigious Social Club

Dato Nellie was the first Lady President of the Royal Sungei Ujong Club, Seremban, the second oldest social club in Malaysia.  Improvements to the Club undertaken by her included major renovations to the Bar by re-designing the Bar, renamed as the “3 Seasons Bar” into 3 sections, i.e. one with formal furniture and decor,  another for families and the third with a stage and a wooden floor for members who “like their drinks too much”.  The unique feature was a long oval bar which can service all 3 sections. Paintings were purchased from an artists’ beach resort in Thailand.  Staff quarters were upgraded, a new Joggers’ Track constructed along the fence of the Club, a Reflexology Patch and enlarged Car Park for the increasing membership.

International Speaking Engagements

Dato Nellie has been frequently invited to present papers and speeches for conferences and events organised by World YWCA, Geneva, Women’s World Banking, New York, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Global Forum for Women, Washington, Asian Australian Institute, Women’s Leadership Board  of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston Asian Development Bank, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK and the Governments of Fiji and Western Australia.

Awards and Appointments

Dato Nellie has been

  • appointed Justice of the Peace, Negeri Sembilan (1991)
  • conferred a Dato by Negeri Sembilan State Government (1993)
  • awarded a KMN (Kesatria Mangku Negara) by Federal Government (1993)
  • conferred Hon. Doctor of Letters, Thompson Rivers University, Canada (2004)
  • conferred Doctor of Business Administration, University of East London, UK (2011)
  • awarded Most Outstanding Chinese Woman Leader by Malaysian Chinese Women Leaders Caucus (2011)
  • awarded The Brand Laureatte Icon Leadership Award (2011)
  • appointed to National Women’s Advisory and Consultative Council by YAB the Prime Minister on 24.8.2015
  • awarded CPA Australia President’s Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership (2016)

International Travel Experience

Dato Nellie has travelled to 25 countries around the world

Author of Books

Dato Nellie has written a Finance Handbook for Entrepreneurs for WIM (in 4 languages);”Finance For You and Me” for World YWCA ; co-authored a book on “Adat Perpatih”; written Handbooks on Simple Bookkeeping for NGOs; currently writing a Book on WIM’s History in time for WIM’s 25th Anniversary in 2018: “From an Idea to a  High Achiever NGO”.


Dato Nellie plays the piano and enjoys Latin American and Ballroom dancing, and cooking using her mother’s Peranakan recipes and her mother-in-law’s Cantonese recipes.

Motto in Life:

“Always Strive to be One in a Million And Not One of the Million”