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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After Sarawak, Johor is the new political frontline

Speech by DAP Johor Chairman Liew Chin Tong on Sunday 10th April 2016 at “Forum Kedai Kopi” at Taman Aman, Kluang This is my first public event in Kluang since being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy on 7th January 2016. I am recovering well and I wish to thank the people of Kluang for their concern…. Read More

High speed rail: the irrelevant Transport Minister

In a reply to my parliamentary question on the High Speed Rail by Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, it is obvious that both the Minister/Ministry of Transport and Cabinet are bypassed in the decision making process. According to Wahid, a feasibility study for the HSR project was presented to the… Read More

We know what you did last August, Ku Li

UMNO Information Chief Annuar Musa probably thinks of himself as “walking on water” now that he has pulled off the Kelantan Declaration which neutralised Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a man who for the past 40 years was the permanent prime ministerial aspirant. Razaleigh returned to UMNO in 1996 from Semangat 46. He was among those being… Read More

Dangerous weeks ahead for Malaysia

Barisan Nasional spin doctors have been working overtime to create an impression that the DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, has abused his power for personal gains. They are spreading the lie that Guan Eng had bought a house at discounted price in exchange for approving a piece of land in Taman… Read More

DAP@50 – the struggle continues

There was very little prospect of winning elections, not to mention running government, when Dr. Chen Man Hin and the first generation leaders formed the DAP, with Lim Kit Siang as the party’s sole full-time staff, on 18th March 1966. As Lim Kit Siang puts it, the DAP had “no icon, no money (resources) and… Read More

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