Teresa Kok

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Teresa Kok Suh Sim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Seputeh
Assumed office
26 November 1999
Preceded by Liew Ah Kim
Majority 36,492
Member of the Selangor State Assembly
for Kinrara
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Dr Kow Chong Wei
Succeeded by Ng Sze Han
Majority 5,739
Selangor Senior Executive Councillor
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Personal details
Born (1964-03-31) 31 March 1964 (age 50)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party DAPPakatan Rakyat
Alma mater Universiti Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Occupation Politician, legislator
Religion Roman Catholic
Website TeresaKok.com

Teresa Kok Suh Sim (Chinese: 郭素沁, born 31 March 1964) is a Malaysian Member of Parliament from the Democratic Action Party (DAP).


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.[1]

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[edit]

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.

Teresa Kok's arrest followed the arrests of prominent blogger activist Raja Petra Kamaruddin and journalist Tan Hoon Cheng (陈云清) from the Sin Chew Daily News earlier on that day.[2][3][4]

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.[5] The Selangor state government was giving all parties involved in making the claim a week to issue a retraction and apology.[6]

It was found out later that a faulty loudspeaker system was the reason why the mosque did not broadcast the azan.[7] 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.[8] The administrator of the mosque as well as the petitioners also confirmed that Kok was not involved in the petition.[9]

She was released on 19 September 2008.[10][11]

Food during custody[edit]

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.[12] Utusan Malaysia reported her statement.[13] 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.[14] She later admitted to making contradictory statements.[15]

Her complaint caused the government to investigate the quality of food served to detainees in Malaysian police lock-ups.[16]

Death threats[edit]

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. [1][17]


Jawi road signs[edit]

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.[18] 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.[19]


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.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[20]
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Turnout
1999 P110 Seputeh, KL Teresa Kok (DAP) 28,657 54.37% Dr Sua Chong Keh (MCA)
Liew Ah Kim (MDP)
23,457 44.51% 52,705 73.59%
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%
Selangor State Legislative Assembly: N30 Kinrara[21]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Turnout
2008 Teresa Kok (DAP) 12,990 63.38% Kow Cheong Weh (MCA) 7,251 35.38% 20,496 79.31%


  1. ^ "About Teresa". 
  2. ^ "Teresa Kok, Sin Chew reporter arrested under the same section of ISA". TheStar (TheStar Online). 12 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Teresa Kok joins ISA list". The Malaysian Insider (Malaysian Insider). 12 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Teresa Kok Detained Under ISA". Sin Chew (Sin Chew). 13 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Saya Akan Ambil Tindakan Terhadap Utusan Malaysia & Zaini Hassan". Teresa Kok. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Selangor threatens to sue daily". NST. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Faulty PA system the cause of 'silent' azan". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Petition not about 'azan' but religious 'ceramah'". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Kok not involved in azan petition, says mosque". Malaysiakini. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  10. ^ "Teresa: "I was made a scapegoat..."". Sun2Surf. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "Teresa Kok released". TheEdgeDaily. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Kok's ISA meal gripe hammered". The Star. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  13. ^ "Makanan anjing: Bekas tahanan ISA sangkal Teresa Kok". Utusan Malaysia. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Teresa, Selangor State Govt to sue Utusan". New Straits Times. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Teresa, Selangor State Govt to sue Utusan". New Straits Times. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  16. ^ "Malaysia to investigate poor food quality in police lock-ups". Monsters and Critics. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  17. ^ "TERESA KOK SEES MOLOTOV COCKTAIL INCIDENT AS SCARE TACTIC". Yahoo! News. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Lisa Goh. "Kok Freed, To Sue Government For Detention", Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2008. Retrieved on 22 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  21. ^ "Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.


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