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Liew Chin Tong (simplified Chinese: 刘镇东; traditional Chinese: 劉鎮東; pinyin: Liú Zhèndōng; born 27 November 1977) is a Malaysian politician and was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Kluang constituency in Johor during the period of the 13th Parliament of Malaysia until it dissolved on 7 April 2018. He had also served as Member of Parliament for the Bukit Bendera constituency in Penang from 2008 to 2013. He holds the portfolio of Political Education Director and is a Central Executive Council member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP). He subsequently ran for the Ayer Hitam against Wee Ka Siong but was defeated narrowly in the 2018 general elections. Following the victory of the opposition-led Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition on 17 July 2018, Liew was appointed as a Senator and he was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defence.

Liew Chin Tong
Deputy Minister of Defence
Assumed office
17 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterMohamad Sabu
Preceded byMohd Johari Baharum
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kluang, Johor
In office
6 May 2013 – 7 April 2018
Preceded byHou Kok Chung (MCA-BN)
Succeeded byWong Shu Qi (DAP-PH)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bukit Bendera, Penang
In office
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
Preceded byChia Kwang Chye (Gerakan-BN)
Succeeded byZairil Khir Johari (DAP-PR)
Personal details
Liew Chin Tong

(1977-11-27) 27 November 1977 (age 41)
Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP) (1999-present)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
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 careerEdit

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.



  • 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: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs, Volume 28, Number 3, December 2006, pp. 385–406

Chinese commentariesEdit

  • 《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 resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[4][5][6][7][8][9]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P48 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%


  1. ^ a b c 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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Tan, Joceline (10 March 2008). "The swing that caught everyone by surprise". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  5. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  6. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  7. ^ "P.125 Kluang (2008 & 2013)". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  8. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.