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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What is the use of voting for MCA?

Speech by DAP Johor Chairman and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong at Forum Kedai Kopi organised by DAP Pontian and DAP Tanjung Piai on 27th September 2015 in Pontian MCA President Liow Tiong Lai told the MCA Johor Annual General Meeting yesterday that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had agreed to “return” the… Read More

On Political realignment, Part 2

The evolution of political Islam in Malaysia This is the second in a three-part series. Read the first part here. I would divide the evolution of political Islam in Malaysia into three stages: Islamic revival/resurgent which culminated in changes in UMNO and PAS in 1982, the emergence of PAS’ progressive faction in 1998, and “post-Islamism”… Read More

Why we need Pakatan Harapan now: Four questions answered

I am making public my speech at the recent Opposition Leader’s Roundtable that precipitated the formation of Pakatan Harapan in the hope to enrich our public debate with more perspectives. I told the Roundtable that I would contest four oft-repeated clichés. First, is the new coalition being formed hastily? Pakatan Rakyat ceased to exist in… Read More

Political “earthquakes” that realigned Malaysian politics (Part 1)

In the wake of an earthquake, tectonic plates will shift and realign. It takes time before gradually stabilising. In the process of seismic shifting, instead of hoping for a more stable surface, it would be better to reflect on the possible changes after the earthquake. The spectrum of Malaysian politics  experienced three great political earthquakes… Read More

At least 1% of the population attended BERSIH 4

The mainstream media is burdened with the discussion about the racial composition of BERSIH 4 to a nauseating level. I hope to provide some other perspectives. I have attended most of the mass rallies in this country since 20th September 1998 -the day Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was arrested. I recall that after every rally… Read More

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