Christina Liew

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Christina Liew

Chairperson of Pakatan Harapan Sabah
Assumed office
28 August 2017
LeaderAnwar Ibrahim
ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byPosition established
Chairperson of People's Justice Party Sabah
Assumed office
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail (2018)
Anwar Ibrahim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tawau
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byMary Yap Kain Ching
Majority4,727 (2018)
Member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly
for Api-Api
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded byYee Moh Chai
Majority795 (2013)
2,954 (2018)
Personal details
Born1951 (1951)
British 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)

Datuk Christina Liew (also known as Liew Chin Jin; Chinese: 刘静芝; pinyin: Liú Jìngzhī) is a Malaysian politician who is one of the Deputy Chief Ministers as well the State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah.[1][2][3][4] She holds the position of state chairman of the People's Justice Party (PKR) for 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: P150 Gaya, Sabah[14]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
Liew Teck Chan (SAPP) 15,639 71.9% Hiew King Cheu (DAP) 3,716 16.92% Liew Chin Jin (PKR) 2,613 11.89%
Parliament of Malaysia: P172 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah[14]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2008 Hiew King Cheu (DAP) 9,464 33.8% Liew Chin Jin (PKR) 9,358 33.4%
Parliament of Malaysia: P190 Tawau, Sabah[14][16]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1986 Liew Chin Jin (PBS) 4,814 27.12% Samson Chin Chee Tsu (DAP) 8,277 46.62%
2018 Yap Kain Ching (PBS) 16,673 27.8%2 Liew Chin Jin (PKR) 21,400 35.7%2
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.


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.[17]



  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 c d "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 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "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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