Robert Lau Hoi Chew
|Yang Berhormat Datuk
Robert Lau Hoi Chew
|Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport|
10 April 2009 – 9 April 2010
|Succeeded by||Jelaing Mersat|
|Malaysian Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government|
27 March 2004 – 9 April 2009
|Succeeded by||Lajim Ukin|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sibu, Sarawak
1990 – 9 April 2010
|Preceded by||Tiew Sung Seng (SUPP-BN)|
|Succeeded by||Wong Ho Leng (DAP-PR)|
|Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council|
April 1999 – 29 March 2004
|Succeeded by||Tiong Thai King|
15 September 1942|
Sibu, Japanese occupation of Sarawak
|Died||9 April 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Political party||SUPP—Barisan Nasional|
|Spouse(s)||Kapitan Dato' Janet Lau Ung Hie|
|Children||Alvin, Pierre and Tammy Lau; Tiffany Jane Ngu Ngee Hwong and Wong Siew Hung (adopted daughters)|
|Residence||Damansara, Kuala Lumpur and No. 20, Jalan Bruang, Sibu (hometown residence)|
|Alma mater||St.Michael's College,Adelaide, South Australia Institute of Technology (Present-day University of South Australia)|
|Occupation||Dewan Rakyat and Deputy Federal Minister,Former Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council (1999–2004)|
Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew (15 September 1942 – 9 April 2010) was a Malaysian politician. He represented Sibu in the Parliament of Malaysia from 1990 until his death in 2010, and served as Deputy Minister for Transport from April 2009 until his death. Lau was also a vice-president of the Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP).
Lau was born to a poor family and his mother died when he was three years old. He was schooled at St Michael's College, Adelaide and studied accountancy at the South Australia Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia). In Australia he met his wife, Kapitan Dato' Janet Lau Ung Hie. He had three children with his wife; Alvin Lau Lee Ren (eldest son), Tammy Lau Lee Teng (daughter) and Pierre Lau Lee Wui (son).
His political career began in 1983 when he joined SUPP. He first contested a Parliamentary election in the Malaysian general election, 1990, winning the seat of Sibu against a Democratic Action Party candidate by a majority of 2,008 votes. He defended the seat in four further elections.
Lau died of bile duct cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma) in his home in Kuala Lumpur on 9 April 2010. His remains arrived in Sibu at night on the same day. His funeral was held on 11 April 2010. The funeral began with a procession around the Sibu town and a requiem mass. His body was later buried at Nirvana Memorial Park.
|1990||Robert Lau (SUPP)||11,914||54%||Ling Sie Ming (DAP)||9,906||45%|
|1995||Robert Lau (SUPP)||15,317||56%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||10,472||38%|
|1999||Robert Lau (SUPP)||23,227||60%||Wong Sing Nang (DAP)||14,085||37%|
|2004||Robert Lau (SUPP)||20,501||54%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||17,161||45%|
|2008||Robert Lau (SUPP)||19,138||53%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||15,903||44%|
- "Sibu MP dies". The Malaysian Insider. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Sibu MP and Dep Transport Minister Robert Lau dies (Updated)". The Star (Star Publications). 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Sibu loses an illustrious son". The Borneo Post (The Borneo Post). 10 April 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
- Datuk Robert Lau's Remains Arrive In Sibu Bernama
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 9 April 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for other candidates not listed).