Liew Vui Keong

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Liew Vui Keong

Datuk Liew Vui Keong.jpg
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Legal Affairs
In office
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyMohamed Hanipa Maidin
Preceded byAzalina Othman Said
Succeeded byTakiyuddin Hassan
ConstituencyBatu Sapi
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Legal Affairs
In office
10 April 2009 – 15 May 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterMohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
Preceded byHasan Malek
Succeeded byRazali Ibrahim
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry I
In office
19 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Serving with Jacob Dungau Sagan
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
Preceded byAhmad Husni Hanadzlah
Succeeded byMukhriz Mahathir
3rd President of Liberal Democratic Party
In office
18 August 2006 – 2014
DeputyChin Su Phin
Preceded byChong Kah Kiat
Succeeded byTeo Chee Kang
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batu Sapi
In office
9 May 2018 – 2 October 2020
Preceded byTsen Thau Lin (PBSBN)
Succeeded byTBA
Majority4,619 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sandakan
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byChong Hon Min (IND)
Succeeded byWong Tien Fatt (DAP)
Majority176 (2008)
Personal details
Born(1960-01-18)18 January 1960
Kota Belud, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Died2 October 2020(2020-10-02) (aged 60)
Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Hospital, Sabah, Malaysia
Resting placeNirvana Memorial Park, Mile 17, Off Tuaran Road
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party (LDP)
Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(allied) (2018–2020)
Spouse(s)Lindai Lee

Zachary David Liew Vui Keong[1] (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).[2] 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. [3] [4][5]

On 2 October 2020, Liew died from pneumonia while being treated for a slipped disc.[6]

Political career[edit]

Criticism over ESSCOM[edit]

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.[7]

Capital punishment abolishment[edit]

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.[8][9]


LDP's legal tangle[edit]

Liew had sacked 23 out of the 25 supreme council members as party members demanded top two positions to be contested.[10] 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.[11] Liew's appeal to the Court of appeal over his removal from the presidency post was dismissed.[12]


2013 general election[edit]

In the 2013 election, Liew faced Wong Tien Fatt of Democratic Action Party (DAP) and lost his parliamentary seat.[13]

2018 general election[edit]

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).[14][15]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P186 Sandakan, Sabah[16]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
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%
Parliament of Malaysia: P185 Batu Sapi, Sabah[17]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
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[edit]


  1. ^ . Ben Mansul. 3 October 2020 Retrieved 3 October 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Teo unperturbed by LDP faction elections". The Borneo Post. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Liew leaves LDP with 200 members". The Borneo Post. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ "VK Liew appointed Warisan permanent chairman". The Borneo Post. PressReader. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "New Cabinet all sworn-in before King (Full List)". The Star. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Former minister and Batu Sapi MP VK Liew dies". Malay Mail. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  7. ^ Lavinia Louis (3 April 2016). "Questions arise over role of Esscom". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  8. ^ Allison Lai (11 October 2018). "Liew: Death penalty to be abolished". The Star. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  9. ^ "45% against total abolition of death penalty". The Star. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Suspended LDP council sacks Liew". Free Malaysia Today. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  12. ^ Ruben Sario (24 May 2014). "Vui Keong continuing legal challenge against ROS ruling". The Star. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  13. ^ Winnie Kasmir (6 May 2013). "LDP president Liew loses in Sandakan". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Warisan takes over BN strongholds with wins at Batu Sapi, Sekong, Karamunting". The Borneo Post. PressReader. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  15. ^ Nandini Balakrishnan (10 May 2018). "Historic Win: The Complete Result Of GE14's Parliamentary Seats Across Malaysia". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  16. ^ "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).
  17. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ "The Sabah Yang Di Pertua Negeri's Birthday Honours List". The Star. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2018.