Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong (simplified Chinese: 刘镇东; traditional Chinese: 劉鎮東; pinyin: Liú Zhèndōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lâu Tìn-tong; born 27 November 1977) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz since December 2022, Member of Parliament (MP) for Iskandar Puteri since November 2022 and Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Perling since March 2022. He served as State Leader of the Opposition of Johor from April 2022 to his appointment as a deputy minister in December 2022, the Deputy Minister of Defence in the PH administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Mohamad Sabu from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020, Senator from July 2018 to July 2021 and the MP for Kluang from May 2013 to May 2018 and Bukit Bendera from March 2008 to May 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH coalition. He has served as Deputy Secretary-General of DAP since March 2022 and State Chairman of DAP of Johor. He was the Political Education Director of DAP.

Liew Chin Tong
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry
Assumed office
10 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
MinisterTengku Zafrul Aziz
Preceded byLim Ban Hong
ConstituencyIskandar Puteri
Deputy Minister of Defence
In office
17 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterMohamad Sabu
Preceded byMohd Johari Baharum
Succeeded byIkmal Hisham Abdul Aziz
State Leader of the Opposition of Johor
In office
10 April 2022  11 December 2022
MonarchIbrahim Ismail
Menteri BesarOnn Hafiz Ghazi
Preceded byAminolhuda Hassan
Succeeded byAndrew Chen Kah Eng
Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly
for Perling
Assumed office
12 March 2022
Preceded byCheo Yee How
Majority3,347 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Iskandar Puteri
Assumed office
19 November 2022
Preceded byLim Kit Siang
Majority60,036 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kluang
In office
5 May 2013  9 May 2018
Preceded byHou Kok Chung
Succeeded byWong Shu Qi
Majority7,359 (2013)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bukit Bendera
In office
8 March 2008  5 May 2013
Preceded byChia Kwang Chye
Succeeded byZairil Khir Johari
Majority16,112 (2008)
Deputy Secretary-General of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
Serving with V. Sivakumar &
Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji
Secretary-GeneralAnthony Loke Siew Fook
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
Preceded byNga Kor Ming
In office
17 July 2018  16 July 2021
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Muhyiddin Yassin
Personal details
Liew Chin Tong

(1977-11-27) 27 November 1977
Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP) (1999-present)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH) Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition (2022-present)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015-present)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008-2015)
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999-2004)
Alma materAustralian National University
University of Malaya


Liew was born on 27 November 1977 at Subang Jaya, Selangor. He had his early education at Kwang Hua Private High School up to 1995 before he pursued his tertiary education at Australian National University (ANU) and graduated with Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004. He later obtained International Masters in Regional Integration at Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya (UM) in 2006.[1]

Liew previously was the Executive Director of Penang Institute (previously Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute, SERI), 2009-2012 and Executive Director of Research for Social Advancement (REFSA), 2007–2011. He was also Former Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.[1]

In 1999, Liew joined Democratic Action Party (DAP).[1]

Political career

Liew was first elected to the Malaysian Parliament in the 2008 general election winning the constituency of Bukit Bendera, Penang.[2] A political strategist prior to his election, Liew has been credited for masterminding Pakatan Rakyat's takeover of the Penang State Legislative Assembly.[3] In the 2013 general election, Liew wrestled the Kluang parliamentary seat in Johor from the predecessor, Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)'s Hou Kok Chung. In May 2018, he contested for the Ayer Hitam federal seat against the incumbent, Wee Ka Siong, who is also then-Deputy President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Liew was narrowly defeated by 303 votes in the 2018 general election which then-Opposition coalition PH coalition claimed victory and ousted the then-ruling BN coalition from the administration for the first time.

Deputy Defence Minister

Liew was appointed as Deputy Defence Minister on 17 July 2018 until 24 February 2020, being the first Malaysian not of Malay descent to hold this office. During his tenure, together with then-Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, the Ministry of Defence unveiled the inaugural Defence White Paper (DWP), a blueprint on building a national policy on defence and security. The DWP is an open document containing the direction and priorities of defence for a period of 10 years, from 2021 to 2030, spanning the 12th and 13th Malaysia Plans.

Deputy Secretary-General of DAP

On 20 March 2022, on the 17th DAP National Congress, Liew was re-elected into the Central Executive Committee with 1008 votes, the 22nd highest vote.[4] He was then appointed as Deputy Secretary-General in the 17th DAP CEC under current Secretary-General, Anthony Loke.[5]



  • Liew Chin Tong (2021), Lim Kit Siang: Patriot. Leader. Fighter
  • Liew Chin Tong (2020), The Great Reset: 100 Days of Malaysia's Triple Crisis
  • Liew Chin Tong (2013), Putrajaya Milik Siapa?: Genta Media
  • Liew Chin Tong (2013), Middle Malaysia: Centre Ground Is Battle Ground: Genta Media
  • Liew Chin Tong (2009), Speaking for the reformasi generation Kuala Lumpur: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)


  • Liew Chin Tong and Francis Hutchison (2010), “Implementing Pro-Employment Policies at the Sub-national Level” in Ooi Kee Beng and Goh Ban Lee (eds) Pilot Studies for a New Penang, Penang: Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), pp. 111–128.
  • Liew Chin Tong (2007), “PAS’ Leadership: New Faces and Old Constraints" in Lorraine C. Salazar and Daljit Singh (eds) Southeast Asian Affairs 2007, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 201–213
  • Liew Chin Tong (2007), “PAS politics: defining an Islamic State” in Edmund Terence Gomez Politics in Malaysia: the Malay dimension Oxon: Routledge, pp. 107–137.
  • William F. Case and Liew Chin Tong (2006) How Committed Is PAS to Democracy and How Do We Know It? Contemporary Southeast Asia, Volume 28, Number 3, December 2006, pp. 385–406

Chinese Books

  • 《追寻理想国家:马来西亚政治史上的林吉祥》(2021) 吉隆坡:义腾研究中心
  • 《大复兴:马来西亚三重危机下的百日反思》(2020)吉隆坡:义腾研究中心
  • 《决战在中间:共创马来西亚2.0》(2013) 吉隆坡:众意出版
  • 《小市民的政治经济学》(2011)吉隆坡:众意出版
  • 《华教运动,动或不动》(2011)吉隆坡:新纪元学院校友会
  • 《亮剑—踢爆马来政治》(2007)吉隆坡:义腾研究中心

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9][10][11]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P048, Bukit Bendera, Penang Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 31,243 66.45% Chia Kwang Chye (Gerakan) 15,131 32.18% 47,016 16,112 72.98%
2013 P152 Kluang, Johor Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 40,574 54.99% Hou Kok Chung (MCA) 33,215 45.01% 75,308 7,359 86.78%
2018 P148 Ayer Hitam, Johor Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 16,773 43.20% Wee Ka Siong (MCA) 17,076 43.98% 38,824 303 85.52%
Haji Mardi Marwan (PAS) 4,975 12.82%
2022 P162 Iskandar Puteri, Johor Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 96,819 59.15% Jason Teoh Sew Hock (MCA) 36,783 22.47% 163,680 60,036 74.42%
Tan Nam Cha (BERSATU) 30,078 18.38%
Johor State Legislative Assembly[12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2022 N46 Perling Liew Chin Tong (DAP) 18,628 43.59% Tan Hiang Kee (MCA) 15,281 35.76% 42,738 3,347 43.28%
Koo Shiaw Lee (GERAKAN) 8,829 20.66%


  1. Tan Sze Ming (31 October 2012). "Malaysian Representatives alpha : Liew Chin Tong". #MyMP UndiMsia! Sinar Project. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. Tan, Joceline (10 March 2008). "The swing that caught everyone by surprise". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  4. "Gobind receives highest votes in DAP polls". The Star. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. "Anthony Loke dilantik Setiausaha Agung baharu DAP". Berita Harian. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  6. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  9. "P.125 Kluang (2008 & 2013)". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  10. "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  11. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  12. "Dashboard SPR". Retrieved 13 March 2022.
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