Christina Liew

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Christina Liew Chin Jin

State Chairperson of the
Pakatan Harapan of Sabah
Assumed office
28 August 2017
LeaderAnwar Ibrahim
Preceded byPosition established
State Chairperson of the
People's Justice Party of Sabah
Assumed office
National PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Anwar Ibrahim
(since 2018)
Ministerial roles (Sabah)
2018–2020Deputy Chief Minister
2018–2020Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Faction represented in Sabah State Legislative Assembly
2013–2018People's Justice Party
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Born1951 (age 69–70)
Hong Kong
Political partyUnited Sabah Party (PBS) (1986–1994)
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) (1995–1999)
People's Justice Party (PKR) (2002–present)
Other political
Gagasan Rakyat (GR) (1986–1994)
Barisan Nasional (BN) (1995–1999)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2002–present)
Spouse(s)Kurnadi Hadikusomo

Datuk Christina Liew (also known as Liew Chin Jin; simplified Chinese: 刘静芝; traditional Chinese: 劉靜芝; pinyin: Liú Jìngzhī) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Chief Minister and the State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah from May 2018 – September 2020.[1][2][3][4] She is the Vice President in People's Justice Party (PKR). She has served as State Chairperson of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition of Sabah since August 2017, which is aligned with WARISAN as well as State Chairperson of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH coalition, of Sabah.

Personal life[edit]

Christina was born in British Hong Kong to Hakka Chinese parents. Her parents migrated to Tawau in British Crown Colony of North Borneo when she was a few months old.[5] She is married to a Chinese Indonesian of Hokkien origin who migrated to the United States but travels often to live with her and their children.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

In 1986, Christina stood as a United Sabah Party (PBS) candidate in the Tawau parliamentary seat but lost.[7] After nine years with the party, she left before joining Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) in 1995 and became the party State Women chief for Sabah until her resignation in January 1999. Due to her frustration with the detention of People's Justice Party (PKR) activists under the Internal Security Act, she then joined PKR in 2002.[7] In 2013, Christina was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Sabah State PKR.[8] She is also the State Assemblywomen for Api Api for the state of Sabah. In 2017, she was appointed as the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state chief for Sabah.[9]

1986 general election[edit]

In the 1986 election, PBS fielded her in the Tawau parliamentary against Democratic Action Party (DAP) candidate Samson Chin Chee Tsu but she lost.[7]

2002 general by-election[edit]

Following the disqualification of Yong Teck Lee as Gaya member of parliament and Likas assemblyman since September 2002 due to being found guilty of corruption according to the Election Offences Act 1954,[10][11] a by-election was held in that year with Christina contesting the election under PKR party.[12] The seat was however regained by Yong party of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) with Liew Teck Chan won the seat while Christina came in third place.[13]

2008 general election[edit]

In the 2008 election, PKR fielded her to contest the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat but she lost to DAP candidate Hiew King Cheu.[14]

2018 general election[edit]

In the 2018 election, her party fielded her to contest the Tawau parliamentary seat facing the defending candidate from United Sabah Party (PBS), Yap Kain Ching. She won and became the new Member of Parliament (MP) for Tawau.[15] She was also appointed as one of the Deputy Chief Ministers and State Tourism Minister for Sabah following the victory of Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN) with PH coalition of DAP and PKR to forming a new state government, becoming the second woman in the history of Sabah Deputy Chief Minister as well the first Chinese woman to hold the position.[1][2][3]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[14][16]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P151 Tawau, Sabah Christina Liew (PBS) 4,814 27.12% Samson Chin Chee Tsu (DAP) 8,277 46.62% 17,923 3,463 63.12%
Abdul Ghapur Salleh (IND) 4,663 26.26%
2002 P150 Gaya, Sabah Christina Liew (keADILan) 2,613 11.89% Liew Teck Chan (SAPP) 15,639 71.19% 22,100 11,923 44.71%
Hiew King Cheu (DAP) 3,716 16.92%
2008 P172 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Christina Liew (PKR) 9,358 33.93% Hiew King Cheu (DAP) 9,464 34.31% 27,909 106 64.09%
Liew Teck Chan (SAPP) 8,420 30.53%
Kong Yu Kiong (IND) 341 1.24%
2018 P190 Tawau, Sabah Christina Liew (PKR) 21,400 50.05%2 Yap Kain Ching (PBS) 16,673 39.00%2 43,734 4,727 73.20%
Mohamad Husain (PAS) 2,518 5.89%
Alizaman Jijurahman (PHRS) 2,162 5.06%
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.
Sabah State Legislative Assembly[17]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 N15 Api-Api, P172 Kota Kinabalu Christina Liew (PKR) 5,853 49.64% Yee Moh Chai (PBS) 5,058 42.90% 12,099 795 80.20%
Wong Yit Ming (SAPP) 713 6.05%
Felix Chong Kat Fah (STAR) 152 1.29%
Marcel Jude Ms Joseph (IND) 14 0.12%
2018 Christina Liew (PKR) 8,174 57.04% Yee Moh Chai (PBS) 5,220 36.43% 14,729 2,954 76.40%
Lim Kat Chung (SAPP) 598 4.17%
Len Lip Fong (PKAN) 244 1.70%
Chan Chee Ching (IND) 94 0.66%
2020 N20 Api-Api, P172 Kota Kinabalu Christina Liew (PKR) 7,796 67.80% Yee Moh Chai (PBS) 2,449 21.29% 11,499 5,347 60.05%
Pang Yuk Ming (PCS) 431 3.75%
Chin Su Phin (LDP) 317 2.76%
Lo Yau Foh (PPRS) 280 2.43%
Chong Tze Kiun (GAGASAN) 97 0.84%
Sim Sie Hong (IND) 72 0.63%
Ng Chun Sua (IND) 41 0.36%
Marcel Jude (IND) 16 0.14%


In 2014, Christina is one of three people that were ordered to pay damages to Borneo Samudera Sdn Bhd (BSSB) for unlawfully inducing the Bahagak Smallholders Scheme participants to breach their joint venture agreement (JVA) with BSSB.[18]



  1. ^ a b Mohd Izham Unnip Abdullah; Olivia Miwil (16 May 2018). "Madius, Christina antara anggota Kabinet Shafie Apdal" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nancy Lai (16 May 2018). "Liew, Sabah's second woman Deputy Chief Minister". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mary Chin (18 May 2018). "First Chinese woman DCM". Daily Express. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Liew Wants To Create Tourism Hotspots". Bernama. Malaysian Digest. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Liew demands apology from NGO Sec". Daily Express. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ Murib Morpi (20 June 2013). "RCI member shoots down claim Christina Liew an Indonesian". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Keadilan choice surprises many (Sabah)". The Star. e-borneo. 19 July 2001. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Christina Liew Dilantik Timbalan Pengerusi PKR Sabah". Bernama (in Malay). mStar. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ Zam Yusa (30 August 2017). "Christina Liew announced as Sabah PH chairperson". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Yong fails to obtain leave to appeal". Bernama. Sabah State Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology Development. 3 September 2002. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Yong disqualified as Gaya MP". Malaysiakini. 18 September 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ "BN, Keadilan dan DAP berentap dalam pilihanraya kecil Gaya" (in Malay). Malaysiakini. 3 October 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Keadilan leader withdraws from line-up". Malaysiakini. 18 December 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2018. Ng had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the party, especially its performance in Sabah's Gaya parliamentary seat by-election in October.
  14. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  15. ^ "Pakatan Harapan announces state chiefs". Free Malaysia Today. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. ^ "N53 Senallang". Malaysiakini. Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Liew to pay record RM557mil". Daily Express. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2018. In the suit, BSSB as plaintiff had named Siti Rahfizah Mihaldin as first defendant, Samsuri Baharudin as second defendant and opposition PKR's Api Api Assemblywoman Christina Liew as the third defendant.
  19. ^ "Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak head list of 1,158 Sabah award recipients". Bernama. Borneo Post. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.

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