|Yang Berhormat Puan
Teresa Kok Suh Sim
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
26 November 1999
|Preceded by||Liew Ah Kim|
|Member of the Selangor State Assembly
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
|Preceded by||Dr Kow Chong Wei|
|Succeeded by||Ng Sze Han|
|Selangor Senior Executive Councillor|
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
31 March 1964 |
|Political party||DAP – Pakatan Rakyat|
|Alma mater||Universiti Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Early life and education
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Teresa is a second-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Kok is a member of the Hakka dialect group and her ancestors were from Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China. She speaks Malay, English and Chinese fluently. Kok is a Catholic.
She earned her first degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), graduating in the School of Communication, and; a second degree from University Malaya in political science, and a master of philosophy. Her thesis was on UMNO, titled "Factionalism in Umno During Dr Mahathir's Era (1981–2001)".
Kok was political secretary to Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang from 1990 to 1995. In 1995, she contested the Ipoh Barat Parliamentary seat on a DAP ticket but was defeated by the MCA candidate. Kok resigned as political secretary after that to further her studies.
In the 1999 general election, Kok won the Parliamentary seat of Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur with a majority of 5,200 and was re-elected in 2004 with a majority of 12,895, the largest winning margin among the 13 elected DAP MPs. In 2004, she published a book compiling articles she wrote for the then Chinese daily Sin Chew Jit Poh. She continues to write a weekly column for the Chinese daily Sin Chew.
In the 2008 general election, Kok retained her Parliamentary seat of Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur with a majority of 36,492, the largest majority in any constituency. In the new Selangor executive council, she was named senior executive councillor and put in charge of investment, trade and industry to ensure all funds are directed to Malaysians.
Later in 2008, she was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Under the act, the police have no obligation to disclose the alleged offence if any at all. The Malay newspaper Utusan had reported she had "advised" a mosque in Puchong not to use loudspeakers while making the azan. She denied the allegation. It was found out later that a faulty loudspeaker system was the reason why the mosque did not broadcast the azan. Furthermore, while there was a petition sent to the mosque, the petition requested for the mosque to lower the volume during 'ceramah' or sermons and not during the azan. The administrator of the mosque, as well as the petitioners, confirmed that Kok was not involved in the petition. She was released on 19 September 2008. On 27 September, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of her family residence, accompanied by a warning letter. No-one was hurt.
In 2013, she won re-election to Parliament, garnering over 86 percent of the formal votes cast in her Seputeh constituency.
In May 2014, Kok was charged with sedition for making a Chinese New Year video posted on YouTube which allegedly contained seditious elements. Kok was among the first of several other opposition politicians to be caught in a nationwide sedition dragnet.
|1999||P110 Seputeh, KL||Teresa Kok (DAP)||28,657||54.33%||Sua Chong Keh (MCA)||23,457||44.47%||Liew Ah Kim (MDP)||457||0.87%||52,995||5,200||73.59%|
|Duraichelvan Murugeson (IND)||134||0.25%|
|2004||P122 Seputeh, KL||Teresa Kok (DAP)||33,197 Barisan Nasional |Chin Yen Foo (MCA)||20,302or=dcdcdc|||53,499||12,895||62.29%|
|2008||Teresa Kok (DAP)||47,230||81.38%||Carol Chew Chee Lin (MCA)||10,738||18.50%||58,207||36,492||75.70%|
|2013||Teresa Kok (DAP)||61,500||85.95%||Nicole Wong Siaw Ting (MCA)||9,948||13.90%||71,859||51,552||83.58%|
|2008||N30 Kinrara||Teresa Kok (DAP)||12,990||64.11%||Kow Cheong Weh (MCA)||7,251||35.79%||20,517||5,739||79.31%|
- "About Teresa".
- "Saya Akan Ambil Tindakan Terhadap Utusan Malaysia & Zaini Hassan". Teresa Kok. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Faulty PA system the cause of 'silent' azan". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Petition not about 'azan' but religious 'ceramah'". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Kok not involved in azan petition, says mosque". Malaysiakini. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Teresa: "I was made a scapegoat..."". Sun2Surf. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- "Teresa Kok released". TheEdgeDaily. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.[dead link]
- "TERESA KOK SEES MOLOTOV COCKTAIL INCIDENT AS SCARE TACTIC". Yahoo! News. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
- "Teresa Kok charged with sedition over controversial Chinese New Year video". The Star (Malaysia). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- "Dragnet proves urgency to axe Sedition Act, Suhakam tells Putrajaya". The Malay Mail Online. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Kok, Teresa (2002). "Government Should Not Send The Rohingya Refugees Who Broke Into The UNHCR Office Back To Burma". Retrieved 5 November 2005.
- Kok, Teresa (2005). "Teresa Kok Suh Sim". Retrieved 29 October 2005.