Mah Siew Keong

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Mah Siew Keong

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5th President of Malaysian People's Movement Party
In office
26 October 2013 – 16 September 2018
DeputyCheah Soon Hai
Preceded byChang Ko Youn (Acting)
Koh Tsu Koon
Succeeded byDominic Lau Hoe Chai
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
In office
27 June 2016 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyDatu Nasrun Datu Mansur
Preceded byNancy Shukri (Acting)
Douglas Uggah Embas
Succeeded byTeresa Kok
as Minister of Primary Industries
ConstituencyTelok Intan
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
27 June 2014 – 27 June 2016
MonarchAbdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyRazali Ibrahim
Preceded byKoh Tsu Koon
Succeeded byAbdul Rahman Dahlan
ConstituencyTelok Intan
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Teluk Intan
In office
31 May 2014 – 9 May 2018
Preceded bySeah Leong Peng (DAP - PR)
Succeeded byNga Kor Ming (DAP - PH)
Majority238 (2014)
In office
29 November 1999 – 8 March 2008
Preceded byKulasegaran Murugeson (DAP)
Succeeded byManogaran Marimuthu (DAP)
Majority2,783 (1999)
10,041 (2004)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Pasir Bedamar
In office
25 April 1995 – 29 November 1999
Preceded byLoh Jee Mee @ Jimmy (DAP)
Succeeded bySeah Leong Peng (DAP)
Majority3,172 (1995)
Personal details
Mah Siew Keong

(1961-06-17) 17 June 1961 (age 58)
Teluk Intan, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyGERAKAN
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2018)
Spouse(s)Yeoh Pooi Hoon
Alma mater
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese馬袖強
Simplified Chinese马袖强
Hanyu PinyinMǎ Xiùqiáng
Fuzhou BUCMá Siù-Khhíong

Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (simplified Chinese: 马袖强; traditional Chinese: 馬袖強; pinyin: Mǎ Xiùqiáng; born 17 June 1961) is a Malaysian politician. Mah is the former Fifth President of the Malaysian People's Movement Party or Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan); previously a component of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was also the former Member of Parliament of Teluk Intan (1999-2008, 2014-2018) and Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (2016-2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Mah Siew Keong was born in Teluk Intan, Perak on the 17 June 1961.

Mah studied at Horley Methodist primary and secondary school in Teluk Intan and later continued his studies in the United Kingdom. He graduated with Bachelors in Science (Management) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1981. He then obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the City University of London. In 1991, Mah graduated with an LLB from the University of East London.

Mah is also a member of MENSA.

Political career[edit]


Mah joined Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia in 1993. He was attracted by the party's struggle for a just, fair and egalitarian Malaysia. Mah steadily rose up the party ranks and held many positions at all the division, state and national levels.

In 2003, Mah was elected as the National Youth Chairman of Gerakan and the Chairman of Teluk Intan Gerakan Division. He was also appointed by the then Party President, the late Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik as a member of the Party's highest decision making body, the Central Working Committee. Mah also served as the Secretary of the Gerakan Perak State Liaison Committee from 2005 to 2008.

In the 2008 Party election, Mah was elected as one of the party's three elected vice-presidents' with the highest votes. In the aftermath of the 2013 General Election, Mah was also appointed as the Secretary-General of Gerakan after the resignation of Teng Chang Yeow.

In the 2013 Party Election, Mah was elected as the Party President of Gerakan by defeating Teng Chang Yeow, the Chairman of Gerakan Penang State Liaison Committee.

Mah stepped down on 16 September 2018 and was succeeded by Dominic Lau Hoe Chai as Party President of Gerakan


Mah has served in various capacities in the Federal Government of Malaysia. After the 2004 General Election, Mah was appointed as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. In February 2006, after a Cabinet reshuffle, Mah was appointed as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries.

Between September 2010 and September 2013, Mah was the Chairman of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

After Mah's victory in the Teluk Intan By Election 2014, he was appointed as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

In July 2016, Mah was appointed as Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities in cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister.

Electoral History[edit]

Mah was elected as the state assemblyman (ADUN) of Pasir Bedamar in the Perak State Legislative Assembly in 1995. Pasir Bedamar is one of the two state seats that form the Teluk Intan Parliamentary Constituency, the other being Changkat Jong.

In 1999, Mah contested Teluk Intan Parliamentary Constituency and defeated Raj Nallaiya of the Democratic Action Party (DAP). In 2004, Mah was reelected as the Member of Parliament of Teluk Intan by defeating Wu Him Ven of the DAP and N. Gobalakrishnan of the People's Justice Party (PKR).

In the 2008 General Election, Mah was defeated by M. Manogaran of the DAP and it was Mah's first electoral loss since his debut in 1995. The loss corresponded with BN's loss of its customary two-thirds majority in parliament. However, Mah continued to operate a service centre and assisted the voters of his hometown to the best of his ability.

In the 2013 General Election, Mah was once again defeated; by Seah Leong Peng of the DAP with 7,313 votes majority.

However, in early 2014 Seah died of cancer, necessitating the 2014 Teluk Intan by-election. Mah accepted the nomination of the party and BN to contest as its candidate for the by-election while DAP nominated Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud as its candidate. After an intense 14 day campaign, Mah prevailed narrowly by 238 votes majority. Mah was dubbed the comeback kid of BN.

Mah lost and failed to retained his seat in the 2018 General Election.[1]

Election Results[edit]

Perak State Legislative Assembly[2][3]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 N.49 Pasir Bedamar P.73 Telok Intan. Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 10,586 56.07% Chong Tat Cheong (DAP) 7,414 39.27% 18,881 3,172 64.97%
Chelvarajah @ Selvarajah a/l Ponniah (IND) 345 1.83%
Parliament of Malaysia[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P.73 Teluk Intan, Perak. Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 18,576 54.05% Raj Nallaiya (DAP) 15,793 45.95% 35,500 2,783 62.71%
2004 P.76 Teluk Intan, Perak. Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 18,870 55.78% Wu Him Ven (DAP) 8,829 26.10% 35,082 10,041 66.11%
N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR) 6,128 18.12%
2008 Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 17,016 47.93% M. Manogaran (DAP) 18,846 52.07% 36,739 1,470 70.17%
2013 Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 20,086 42.06% Seah Leong Peng (DAP) 27,399 57.36% 48,839 7,313 80.75%
Moralingam Kannan (IND) 279 0.58%
2014 Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 20,157 50.30% Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud (DAP) 19,919 49.70% 40,668 238 67.39%
2018 Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan) 17,991 33.53% Nga Kor Ming (DAP) 29,170 54.36% 53,655 11,179 82.10%
Ahmad Ramadzan Ahmad Daud (PAS) 6,494 12.11%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ H. Rodzi, Nadirah (10 May 2018). "Malaysia Votes 2018: BN's big names toppled, one after another". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  3. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  4. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ Bin Haji Ahmad, Dato' Haji Ibrahim (31 May 2014). "Keputusan PRK P076 Teluk Intan" (PDF). Suruhanjaya Pilihan Rakyat Malaysia.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  7. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  9. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. ^ "Panglima ATM dahului senarai penerima darjah kebesaran WP". Bernama (in Malay). Berita Harian. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Hanif Omar heads list of 333 recipients of Perak honours". Bernama. New Straits Times. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Chang Ko Youn (Acting President 16 May 2013 – 26 October 2013)
Koh Tsu Koon
President of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan)
26 October 2013 – 16 September 2018
Succeeded by
Dominic Lau Hoe Chai