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.

Learn more about Chin Tong’s Track Record


Seeing through the hudud controversy

First of all let me stress that Muslim has the right to believe in hudud law. I respect that right, as much as I believe Muslims respect the rights of people of other faiths. However in the case of the Kelantan hudud enactment, it is more than just a legal matter but rather as a… Read More

If the Government can buy a new private jet, why can’t it subsidise public buses

Media statement by DAP MP for Kluang and National Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong on 21st March 2015 We now see a spectacular drama in full display: that Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi didn’t know about the multiple fare hike for bus, taxi, train services announced by… Read More

Driving the hudud wedge: The real story behind the Kelantan hudud move

To drive a wedge is to cause hostility or disagreement between two parties. In Malaysia, the implementation of the Islamic criminal law or hudud is one such wedge that is designed to break Pakatan Rakyat, and to bolster the position of the pro-UMNO elements in PAS vis-à-vis the pro-Pakatan Rakyat leaders. I may be a… Read More

Najib should stand down as Finance Minister

Media conference statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong in Kluang on 7th March 2015 In light of the statement on 1MDB by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should stand down as Finance Minister immediately to facilitate transparant and independent… Read More

GST: Debunking Ahmad Maslan’s 30 percent black economy nonsense

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 26th February 2015 Is Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan making nonsensical statements because the efforts to push pro-GST propaganda to the public have been stalled? Yesterday, Bernama reported Ahmad Maslan as saying that GST would help reduce the black… Read More

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