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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Causeway toll wars creating a “wall” on the Causeway to separate two neighbours

‎Media statement by DAP Johor Chairman Liew Chin Tong ‎released at a press conference after “Forum Kedai Kopi” in Bukit Pasir, Pagoh on 13 September 2014 The ‎Land Transport Authority of Singapore yesterday announced its own version of toll hike from 1st October to “match” Malaysia’s sudden toll hike on 1st August. With both sides… Read More

Call on Liow Tiong Lai to halt KTMB’s sacking of union officials

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 10th September 2014 I call on Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai to halt all sackings by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) of its union officials immediately. Ministerial intervention is necessary in the interest of the workers and KTMB… Read More

Ethnic conflict is manufactured to divert attention from UMNO’s internal strife

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong on 2nd September 2014 The increased political temperature centered around racial talks and the recent persecution spree of opposition leaders, civil society leaders and academics, and even the volunteer patrol teams in Penang are similar to the atmosphere during Operasi Lalang in 1987. The… Read More

Development in Johor needs to be holistic and balanced

Merdeka Day Message by DAP Johor Chairman Liew Chin Tong on 30th August 2014 On behalf of the Democratic Action Party Johor State Committee, I would like to wish all Malaysian citizens especially Johoreans a very pleasant and spiritually uplifting Merdeka Day. The year has thus far seen multiple disasters and calamities at a scale… Read More

He helped rid two PMs, will Pak Lah be next?

Is Pak Lah the third prime minister to be brought down by Dr Mahathir Mohamad? Not only did Mahathir send off three of his four deputies – Musa Hitam, Ghafar Baba and Anwar Ibrahim – in his half-a-century political career, he has contributed to the downfall of two of the three Malaysian prime ministers –… Read More

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