MP for Kluang • Political Education Director, Democratic Action Party

A nation in waiting

Malaysia is a nation in waiting for a profound change, especially since the 1999 general election, when sufficient numbers of Malaysians voted for a corrupt-free government, a democratic political system, and a more equitable distribution of opportunities and resources.

The themes that captured the attention of the electorate during the 1999 general election remained the same for the two subsequent elections, 2004 and 2008, except that in the 2004 elections, it was former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who stole the reform platform. The cry for reform was real ever since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad assumed the premiership nearly 30 years ago.

The one-party state that has ruled the country since independence refused to recognise the need to change despite suffering heavy blows in the 2008 general election.

It is my fervent hope to see the nation in waiting for more than a decade will rise again to democratise our political system, to free our government from corruption, and to see through the transformation of our society that has social justice and equal opportunity at heart.

Only in such a society that we can restore hope and trust, and bring a new lease of life to our nation that is tired of waiting for change.


Elected as Member of the Malaysian Federal Parliament for Bukit Bendera in the March 2008 election. Since 1999, Chin Tong has served DAP in various capacities and is now a Member of its Central Executive Committee, serving as International Secretary.

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Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Railway must be integrated into the current public transport system for the benefit of all

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong, on 17 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur Public transport in Malaysia is notorious for its inconvenience to the commuters because of the poor end-to-end connection, which is the difficulty to access or connect one transport mode to another. To promote… Read More

Reforming the death penalty

Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang, on 9th October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur Tomorrow, 10th October 2014, is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on “drawing attention to people with mental health problems who are at… Read More

Fuel hike causes more deaths on the road, and stagflation

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 2nd October 2014 Without improvement in our public transportation system, the latest fuel hike, announced on 1st October 2014, is an irresponsible move that will hurt the lower income group further. On 22nd September 2013 when the fuel price… Read More

Our love affair with cars will cause more road deaths

It seems that the Government, the banks, the housing developers and the middle class are all in love with the automobile culture. The problem is, the ubiquitous existence of motorcycles and world’s highest per capita road deaths are clear signs of public policy failure. A case which happened when I was first elected as Member… Read More

How to delay GST implementation: Government pays people to take buses

When I ask “Can we pay people to take bus?”, many instantly replied with a big “No”! But if we delve deeper, publicly funded public transport (specifically buses as other modes are costlier to fund and too slow to materialise) may be the answer to most of Malaysia’s economic and fiscal challenges. The Najib administration… Read More

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