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


Set the GST threshold at RM 1 million instead

The compulsory manual GST registration for business entities with annual transactions above RM 500,000 is unnecessarily draconian, troublesome and inefficient. I would like to propose that the threshold be set at RM 1 million instead and with the Registrar of Companies (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) playing a role in creating a near-automatic registration process. With less… Read More

Budget 2015 “revision” is just a PR exercise, USD55 per barrel price unrealistic

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 20th January 2015 On 27 October 2014, when the crude oil price was hovering at the US$80-85 per barrel mark, I called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to revise the budget which had been… Read More

Budget 2015: Appoint a new Finance Minister and cut “Prime Ministerial slush funds”

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 17th January 2015 While I welcome the supposed presentation of a belated revision of Budget 2015, I know that the people, especially those from Corporate Malaysia, are now hoping to see the appointment of a new full-time Finance Minister…. Read More

A perfect storm?

Published by The Edge in its year-end double issue in December 2014. 1. What are your key concerns for Malaysia in 2015? I would answer this question with a more targeted one, which is, Is the Malaysian economy headed for a perfect storm in 2015? Broadly, Asian economies are grappling with the impact of the… Read More

Kuala Krai’s rebuilding should create jobs for locals

Media statement by DAP Johor Chairman and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 16th January 2015 It has been almost four weeks since the floods in Kuala Krai on 22th December 2014 but the local conditions are almost unchanged and increasingly worrying. The clean-up efforts are frustratingly slow. I visited Kuala Krai for the… Read More

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