Liew Vui Keong
Liew Vui Keong
|Minister in the Prime Minister's Department|
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
|Monarch||Muhammad V |
|Prime Minister||Mahathir Mohamad|
|Deputy||Mohamed Hanipa Maidin|
|Preceded by||Azalina Othman Said|
|Succeeded by||Takiyuddin Hassan|
|Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department|
10 April 2009 – 15 May 2013
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin |
|Prime Minister||Najib Razak|
|Minister||Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz|
|Preceded by||Hasan Malek|
|Succeeded by||Razali Ibrahim|
|Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry I|
19 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Serving with Jacob Dungau Sagan
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Prime Minister||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Preceded by||Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah|
|Succeeded by||Mukhriz Mahathir|
|3rd President of Liberal Democratic Party|
18 August 2006 – 2014
|Deputy||Chin Su Phin|
|Preceded by||Chong Kah Kiat|
|Succeeded by||Teo Chee Kang|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
for Batu Sapi
9 May 2018 – 2 October 2020
|Preceded by||Tsen Thau Lin (PBS–BN)|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
|Preceded by||Chong Hon Min (IND)|
|Succeeded by||Wong Tien Fatt (DAP)|
|Born||18 January 1960|
Kota Belud, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
|Died||2 October 2020 (aged 60)|
Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Hospital, Sabah, Malaysia
|Resting place||Nirvana Memorial Park, Mile 17, Off Tuaran Road|
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) |
Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN)
|Barisan Nasional (BN) |
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Zachary David Liew Vui Keong (simplified Chinese: 刘伟强; traditional Chinese: 劉偉強; pinyin: Liú Wěiqiáng; Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: Liù Vî-khiòng; 18 January 1960 – 2 October 2020) was a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from July 2018 to the collapse of the administration in February 2020 and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department also in charge of legal affairs as well as Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry I in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from March 2008 to May 2013. He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Batu Sapi from May 2018 to his death in October 2020 and for Sandakan from March 2008 to his defeat in May 2013. He served as 3rd President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from 2006 to 2014, when he was replaced by Teo Chee Kang in a rancorous internal dispute. He disputed Teo's claim of the LDP party presidency with the Registrar of Societies (RoS). In 2018, Liew led about 200 LDP members to leave the party. He then joined another Sabah-based political party, Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN) led by former Chief Minister of Sabah Shafie Apdal and served as its Permanent Chairman.  
On 2 October 2020, Liew died from pneumonia while being treated for a slipped disc.
Criticism over ESSCOM
In 2016, Liew criticised the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and said it is a "complete failure" especially with the continuous abduction and urging the security council should sit down with the stakeholders and lay out their weaknesses, including a need for a complete revamp of their standard operating procedures and how to deal with pirates and militant groups.
Capital punishment abolishment
Following the formation of a new Malaysian government and his subsequent appointment as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department on law matters in 2018, he stated that the new Malaysia's government was planning to abolish the mandatory capital punishment for all situations including for serious crimes, which later has been heavily opposed by many organisations and social groups in the country who were against a total abolition of the capital punishment due to the already high level of serious crimes.
LDP's legal tangle
Liew had sacked 23 out of the 25 supreme council members as party members demanded top two positions to be contested. He was subsequently removed from his presidency post and was replaced by the sacked Secretary General Teo Chee Kang for his act of abuse of power in an attempt to consolidate his position as President. Liew's appeal to the Court of appeal over his removal from the presidency post was dismissed.
2013 general election
2018 general election
In the 2018 election, Liew was fielded as a candidate by his new party of WARISAN to contest the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat. He successfully won the seat by defeating Linda Tsen Thau Lin of United Sabah Party (PBS).
|2008||Liew Vui Keong (LDP)||8,297||41.3%||Chong Chui Lin (DAP)||8,121||40.5%|
|2013||Liew Vui Keong (LDP)||13,138||48.0%||Wong Tien Fatt (DAP)||14,226||52.0%|
|2018||Liew Vui Keong (WARISAN)||12,976||39.8%2||Tsen Thau Lin (PBS)||8,357||25.7%2|
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.
Honours of Malaysia
- . Ben Mansul. 3 October 2020 https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10222588850857374&set=pcb.10222588851577392. Retrieved 3 October 2020. Missing or empty
- "Teo unperturbed by LDP faction elections". The Borneo Post. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Liew leaves LDP with 200 members". The Borneo Post. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "VK Liew appointed Warisan permanent chairman". The Borneo Post. PressReader. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "New Cabinet all sworn-in before King (Full List)". The Star. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- "Former minister and Batu Sapi MP VK Liew dies". Malay Mail. MalayMail.com. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
- Lavinia Louis (3 April 2016). "Questions arise over role of Esscom". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
- Allison Lai (11 October 2018). "Liew: Death penalty to be abolished". The Star. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- "45% against total abolition of death penalty". The Star. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- Ruben Sario (1 September 2013). "LDP heading into legal tangle as 23 sacked, suspended members intend to proceed with Sept 6 meeting". The Star. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Suspended LDP council sacks Liew". Free Malaysia Today. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Ruben Sario (24 May 2014). "Vui Keong continuing legal challenge against ROS ruling". The Star. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Winnie Kasmir (6 May 2013). "LDP president Liew loses in Sandakan". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "Warisan takes over BN strongholds with wins at Batu Sapi, Sekong, Karamunting". The Borneo Post. PressReader. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- Nandini Balakrishnan (10 May 2018). "Historic Win: The Complete Result Of GE14's Parliamentary Seats Across Malaysia". Says.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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).
- "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "The Sabah Yang Di Pertua Negeri's Birthday Honours List". The Star. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2018.