Mr. Cheng received his education at Batavia.
Cheng Wen-liang joined government service (Department of Public Works) in 1914 and thereafter British and Dutch banks. He was a contributor of articles to various dailies, including the "Sin Po" the most prominent Chinese Malay daily paper in Netherlands India today, established at Batavia with which he was afterwards connected as Editor (1921). Mr. Cheng edited the Netherlands Indian Civil and Commercial Codes in 1918, Stamp Ordinance (1921) etc. in Malay.
Cheng Wen-liang took a prominent lead in the great Japanese Boycott Movement (1922) in association with his fellow editors in Java and the outer territories. It was at that time that the Japanese Boycott movement, then and always suppressed rigidly and strictly by the Netherlands Indian Government, noted its first victims (including himself) among Java born Chinese journalists.
In social and political circles he occupied several distinguished posts, as secretary or executive of various associations: president of the "Indonesian Chinese Party", elected councillor of the Surabaya (Soerabaya) Municipal Council (1932). Then Mr. Cheng retired from active journalismand was an ardent writer of articles to many papers in the Orient, pertaining to Chinese status, etc.in Netherlands India.