|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
31 March 1964 |
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Political party||DAP – Pakatan Rakyat|
|Alma mater||Universiti Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia
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 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.
Teresa was re-elected into Central Executive Committee of DAP during the party's National Congress (23–24 August 2008) in Kuala Lumpur. She is currently the DAP National Organising Secretary, prior to this position she was DAP Publicity Secretary. She is also the National Secretary of DAP Wanita (the women's wing of the DAP) and a member of the DAP Disciplinary Committee. In Parliament, she was a member of the Select Committee on Review of Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code.
Kok is the Secretary of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC). She was an active lobbyist for Burmese democracy and human rights since 1996 when she was the Coordinator of Political Leaders Network Promoting Democracy in Burma (PD Burma) in Southeast Asian region.
Detention under ISA
Teresa Kok was arrested near OG Heights at on Friday 12 September 2008 under Section 73 (1) of 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 Kok had "advised" a mosque in Puchong not to use loudspeakers while making the azan. Teresa Kok denied the allegation. The Selangor state government was giving all parties involved in making the claim a week to issue a retraction and apology.
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 azan. The administrator of the mosque as well as the petitioners also confirmed that Kok was not involved in the petition.
Food during custody
Immediately after her release, she allegedly claimed the quality of food served to her during her incarceration was so bad that it was similar to dog food. Utusan Malaysia reported her statement. Kok claimed Utusan was manipulating her words, denied making that statement and instead insisted that she had said that the food was only slightly better than dog food. She later admitted to making contradictory statements.
Her complaint caused the government to investigate the quality of food served to detainees in Malaysian police lock-ups.
On 27 September 2008, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the family home of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in Taman Rainbow, Jalan Ipoh. A warning letter containing threatening words and vulgarities was also attached to a bottle left outside the house. At the time, Teresa's parents and her siblings were in the house, none were hurt in the incident. 
Jawi road signs
In 2008, Teresa Kok argued that there is no need for Jawi writings for road signs in Kuala Lumpur. She wrote in her personal blog, that none of the people in Kuala Lumpur are able to read Jawi and it must be changed to what she called a "muhibbah" road signs. Her statement angered right-wing Malays who organised rallies and meetings to discuss about the matter. The government then arrested Teresa Kok for allegedly trying to stir up the racial harmony in the country. However, the arrest of Teresa Kok was mainly to protect her security as her statement created tension between the Malays and the Chinese. Later, two molotov cocktails were thrown by an unknown assailant outside her house. Luckily no one was hurt at the time and Teresa Kok was guarded in Kamunting Detention Center.
In 2004, Kok 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.
|1999||P110 Seputeh, KL||Teresa Kok (DAP)||28,657||54.37%||Dr Sua Chong Keh (MCA)
Liew Ah Kim (MDP)
|2004||P122 Seputeh, KL||Teresa Kok (DAP)||33,197||61.80%||Chin Yen Foo (MCA)||20,302||37.79%||53,718||71.91%|
|2008||Teresa Kok (DAP)||47,230||81.14%||Carol Chew Chee Lin (MCA)||10,738||18.45%||58,207||75.70%|
|2013||Teresa Kok (DAP)||61,500||86.08%||Nicole Wong Siaw Ting (MCA)||9,948||13.92%||71,448||83.10%|
|2008||Teresa Kok (DAP)||12,990||63.38%||Kow Cheong Weh (MCA)||7,251||35.38%||20,496||79.31%|
- "About Teresa".
- "Teresa Kok, Sin Chew reporter arrested under the same section of ISA". TheStar (TheStar Online). 12 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
- "Teresa Kok joins ISA list". The Malaysian Insider (Malaysian Insider). 12 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
- "Teresa Kok Detained Under ISA". Sin Chew (Sin Chew). 13 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
- "Saya Akan Ambil Tindakan Terhadap Utusan Malaysia & Zaini Hassan". Teresa Kok. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Selangor threatens to sue daily". NST. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008.[dead link]
- "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]
- "Kok's ISA meal gripe hammered". The Star. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
- "Makanan anjing: Bekas tahanan ISA sangkal Teresa Kok". Utusan Malaysia. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
- "Teresa, Selangor State Govt to sue Utusan". New Straits Times. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.[dead link]
- "Teresa, Selangor State Govt to sue Utusan". New Straits Times. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
- "Malaysia to investigate poor food quality in police lock-ups". Monsters and Critics. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
- "TERESA KOK SEES MOLOTOV COCKTAIL INCIDENT AS SCARE TACTIC". Yahoo! News. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
- Teresa Kok. [http://teresakok.com/2008/02/14/papan-tanda-jalan-yang-mengandungi-perkataan-jawi-di-kuala-lumpur/"We want muhibbah road signs", Sassy MP, Kuala Lumpur, 14 Februari 2008. Retrieved on 22 Februari 2013.
- Lisa Goh. "Kok Freed, To Sue Government For Detention", Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2008. Retrieved on 22 February 2013.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
- "Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
- 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.