Anthony Loke

Anthony Loke Siew Fook (simplified Chinese: 陆兆福; traditional Chinese: 陸兆福; pinyin: Lù Zhàofú; Cantonese Yale: Luhk Siuh-fūk; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lio̍k Tiāu-ho̍k; born 28 April 1977) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Transport for the second term in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2022 and the first term in the PH administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Seremban since May 2013, Rasah from March 2008 to May 2013 and Member of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Chennah since May 2013, Lobak from March 2004 to May 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH coalition. He has served as the 6th Secretary-General of DAP since March 2022, 2nd Parliamentary Leader of DAP from July 2018 to March 2022 and previously as National Organising Secretary of DAP. He also served as State Chairman of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition coalition of Negeri Sembilan before PH took over power from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition of the state in May 2018.

Anthony Loke Siew Fook
陆兆福
Loke in 2019
Minister of Transport
Assumed office
3 December 2022
MonarchAbdullah
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyHasbi Habibollah
Preceded byWee Ka Siong
ConstituencySeremban
In office
21 May 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
(2018–2019)
Abdullah
(2019–2020)
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyKamarudin Jaffar
Preceded byLiow Tiong Lai
Succeeded byWee Ka Siong
ConstituencySeremban
6th Secretary-General of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
DeputyV. Sivakumar
Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji
Liew Chin Tong
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
Preceded byLim Guan Eng
2nd Parliamentary Leader of the
Democratic Action Party
In office
11 July 2018  20 March 2022
Secretary-GeneralLim Guan Eng
Preceded byLim Kit Siang
Succeeded byNga Kor Ming
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Seremban
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded byJohn Fernandez (DAP)
Majority30,841 (2022)
30,694 (2018)
12,553 (2013)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Rasah
In office
8 March 2008  5 May 2013
Preceded byGoh Siow Huat
(BNMCA)
Succeeded byTeo Kok Seong (DAP)
Majority13,151 (2008)
Member of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly
for Chennah
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded bySiow Chen Pin
(BN–MCA)
Majority1,155 (2018)
1,098 (2013)
Member of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly
for Lobak
In office
21 March 2004  5 May 2013
Preceded byKhoo Seng Hock (BN–MCA)
Succeeded bySiow Kim Leong (DAP)
Majority6,928 (2008)
1,842 (2004)
Personal details
Born
Loke Siew Fook

(1977-04-28) 28 April 1977
Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
(since 1994)
Other political
affiliations
Gagasan Rakyat (GR)
(1994–1996)
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
(1999–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
(2008–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
Barisan Nasional (BN)
(aligned:since 2022)
SpouseNg Chi Ling
Alma materNational University of Malaysia (BSc)
University Malaya (MPA)
OccupationPolitician
Websitelokesiewfook.blogspot.com

Early life and education

Loke was born in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, and educated at St. Paul's Institution and SMK Seri Ampangan. He graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2000 with a degree in development science.[1] He obtained his Master of Public Administration from University of Malaya.

Political career

In 1994, Loke joined DAP at the age of 17, the minimum age requirement of a DAP member. In 2004 Loke was elected to the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly for the seat of Lobak, and retained his seat in the 2008 election, when he also won election to the federal parliament for the constituency of Rasah. In the 2013 election he switched seats at both state and federal levels, contesting and winning Chennah in the legislative assembly and Seremban in the federal parliament.

Loke apologised to Pakatan Harapan Chairman Mahathir Mohamad after over 40 billboards featured the leader have to be covered after directed by Election Commission of Malaysia.[2]

Loke defended both his Parliament (Seremban) and State (Chennah) seats in 2018 election (GE14) by defeating MCA's candidates, Chong Sin Woon (Parliament) and Seet Tee Gee (State) with a majority of 30,694 votes and 1,115 votes respectively.[3][4]

In the first Pakatan Harapan Cabinet following victory in GE14, Loke was announced as the new Minister of Transport by the Prime Minister.[5] He was among the first of 14 Cabinet ministers. He was sworn in on 21 May at Istana Negara.[6]

On 20 March 2022, on the 17th DAP National Congress, Loke was re-elected into the Central Executive Committee with 1625 votes, the 3rd highest vote, after Gobind Singh and Chow Kon Yeow.[7] He was then appointed as DAP's 6th Secretary-general after Lim Guan Eng had stepped down from the role after 17 years.[8]

Election results

Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 N11 Lobak, P128 Seremban Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 5,991 59.08% Khoo Seng Hock (MCA) 4,149 40.98% 10,338 1,842 70.87%
2008 Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 9,244 80.00% Siow Koi Loon (MCA) 2,316 20.00% 11,714 6,928 77.26%
2013 N1 Chennah, P126 Jelebu Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 5,128 55.99% Siow Foo Wen (MCA) 4,030 44.01% 9,372 1,098 83.75%
2018 Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 5,031 50.91% Seet Tee Gee (MCA) 3,876 39.22% 10,051 1,155 82.94%
Jamalus Mansor (PAS) 975 9.87%
Parliament of Malaysia[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P130 Rasah, N. Sembilan Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 34,271 61.87% Yeow Chai Thiam (MCA) 21,120 38.13% 56,654 13,151 78.56%
2013 P128 Seremban, N. Sembilan Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 45,628 53.12% Yeow Chai Thiam (MCA) 33,075 38.52% 87,617 12,553 85.64%
Abd Halim Abdullah (Berjasa) 6,866 8.00%
John Fernandez (IND) 221 0.26%
Bujang Abu (IND) 83 0.10%
2018 Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 55,503 60.45% Chong Sin Woon (MCA) 24,809 27.02% 93,254 30,694 84.65%
Shariffuddin Ahmad (PAS) 11,506 12.53%
2022 Loke Siew Fook (DAP) 63,920 51.85% Mohd Fadli Che Me (PAS) 33,076 26.83% 124,729 30,844 79.32%
Wong Yin Ting (MCA) 24,584 19.94%
Mohamad Jani Ismail (PEJUANG) 1,336 1.08%
Izat Lesly (IND) 373 0.30%

See also

  • Rasah (federal constituency)
  • Seremban (federal constituency)
  • Chennah (state constituency)

References

  1. "Anthony Loke infographic". Bernama. 21 May 2018. Archived from the original on 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. "Kami minta maaf Tun M". Astro Awani. 2 May 2018. Archived from the original on 12 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. Raja Rahim, Raja Noraina (10 May 2018). "PKR wins big in Negri Sembilan". New Straits Times. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. "DAP's Anthony Loke wins Seremban parliamentary seat". The Star (Malaysia). 10 May 2018. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. Langewiesche, William (1 July 2019). "What Really Happened to Malaysia's Missing Airplane" via The Atlantic.
  6. "PM Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. "Gobind receives highest votes in DAP polls". The Star. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  8. "Loke elected new DAP secretary-general". FMT. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  9. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  12. "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  13. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  14. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. "Federal Government Gazette, Results of Contested Election Parliamentary Constituencies for the State of Negeri Sembilan" (PDF). Election Commission. Retrieved 13 June 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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