Hannah Yeoh

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Hannah Yeoh

First woman and youngest Speaker of any legislative assembly in Malaysia.jpg
Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
In office
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Preceded byAzizah Mohd Dun
(Women and Family Development)
Chew Mei Fun
(Community Development)
Succeeded bySiti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
10th Speaker of the
Selangor State Legislative Assembly
In office
21 June 2013 – 9 April 2018
Menteri BesarKhalid Ibrahim
Mohamed Azmin Ali
DeputyNik Nazmi
Shafie Ngah
Preceded byTeng Chang Khim
Succeeded byNg Suee Lim
ConstituencySubang Jaya
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Segambut
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byLim Lip Eng
Majority45,702 (2018)
Member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly
for Subang Jaya
In office
8 March 2008 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byLee Hwa Beng
Succeeded byMichelle Ng Mei Sze
Majority28,069 (2013)
13,851 (2008)
Personal details
Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan

(1979-01-09) 9 January 1979 (age 42)
Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
Spouse(s)Ramachandran Muniandy
Children2 daughters
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania

Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan (simplified Chinese: 杨巧双; traditional Chinese: 楊巧雙; pinyin: Yáng Qiǎoshuāng; born 9 January 1979) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. She has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Segambut since May 2018. She also served as 10th Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly from June 2013 to April 2018 and Member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Subang Jaya from March 2008 to May 2018. She is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH opposition coalition.


Born in Subang Jaya, Yeoh studied at SK Sri Subang Jaya, SRK SS19 and SMK Subang Utama, after which she continued her studies at the University of Tasmania in Australia and obtained her law degree in 2001. She was recognized as a lawyer by the Malaysian Bar in January 2003 and was subsequently admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania after obtaining a Certificate of Legal Practice in Tasmania. Yeoh then served as a lawyer in Petaling Jaya for three years before moving to the ceremony management company in 2006.

Political career[edit]

Driven by Edward Ling, her schoolmate, to join the world of politics, both Yeoh and Ling joined the Damansara Democratic Action Party (DAP) Branch in the late 2006. Yeoh opted to join the DAP even though the party was an opposition party as she felt that the stand of the political party is the most consistent, though its leaders are often threatened by the Internal Security Act which allows for arrest without any trial.

Inspired by Tony Pua, Damansara Branch Chairman, who resigned to join DAP full-time, Yeoh followed Pua's footsteps and resigned shortly before the March 2008 general election to devote her full-time as a politician.

Yeoh was elected as the Selangor state assemblyperson for the seat of Subang Jaya in the 2008 general election.[1][2] In the 2013 general election, Yeoh was re-elected as Subang Jaya state assembly person for the second term. After her re-election, on 21 June 2013 she was sworn in as Malaysia's first woman speaker for Selangor State Assembly.[3] At the age of 34 she is also the youngest speaker of any legislative Assembly in Malaysia.[4]

In the 2018 general election, Yeoh was picked by DAP to run for the Segambut parliamentary seat and she successfully won it. When Pakatan Harapan took over the government, she was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Women, Family, and Community Development in the new Malaysian cabinet.

Personal life[edit]

Yeoh has 4 siblings. She is a former lawyer and event manager.[5] She is married to Ramanchandran Muniandy with whom she has two daughters, Shay Adora Ram and Kayleigh Imani Ram.[6]

Election results[edit]

Selangor State Legislative Assembly: N31 Subang Jaya[7][8][9][10]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Hannah Yeoh (DAP) 23,459 70.94% Ong Chong Suan (MCA) 9,608 29.06% 33,067 13,851 79.31%
2013 Hannah Yeoh (DAP) 40,366 76.09% Gan Meng Foo (MCA) 12,297 23.17% 53,052 28,069 86.20%
Parliament of Malaysia: P117 Segambut, Kuala Lumpur[9]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballot cast Majority Turnout
2018 Hannah Yeoh (DAP) 53,124 82.07% Loga Bala Mohan (MyPPP) 7,422 11.47% 77,956 45,702 83.72%
Mohd Solleh Abd Razak (PAS) 4,181 6.46%

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Billi takes defeat in his stride". The Star. Star Publications. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ Lourdes, Mark. "'Handyman' wants to move." Archived 8 August 2007 at Archive.today, New Straits Times (Hosted on Lee Hwa Beng's Blog), 13 February 2008. Retrieved on 2008-06-27.
  3. ^ "Hannah Yeoh Sworn In As Country's First Woman State Speaker". Malaysian Digest. malaysiandigest.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Yeoh is Malaysia's youngest and first female state Speaker". The Star. Star Publications. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ "貌似慕尤丁- ‧- 欣赏郭素沁——杨巧双父亲是文青". Sin Chew Daily. 8 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Hannah Yeaoh:My Profile". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  8. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  9. ^ a b "Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 12 May 2013. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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