Robert Lau Hoi Chew

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Yang Berhormat Datuk
Robert Lau Hoi Chew
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Robert Lau in 2008
Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport
In office
10 April 2009 – 9 April 2010
Succeeded by Jelaing Mersat
Malaysian Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
27 March 2004 – 9 April 2009
Succeeded by Lajim Ukin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sibu, Sarawak
In office
1990 – 9 April 2010
Preceded by Tiew Sung Seng (SUPP-BN)
Succeeded by Wong Ho Leng (DAP-PR)
Majority 2,008 (1990)
4,845 (1995)
9,142 (1999)
3,340 (2004)
3,235 (2008)
Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council
In office
April 1999 – 29 March 2004
Preceded by Kong Sien Han[1]
Succeeded by Tiong Thai King
Personal details
Born (1942-09-15)15 September 1942
Sibu, Japanese occupation of Sarawak
Died 9 April 2010(2010-04-09) (aged 67)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party SUPPBarisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Janet Lau Ung Hie (刘文惠)
Children Alvin, Pierre and Tammy Lau; Tiffany Jane Ngu Ngee Hwong and Wong Siew Hung (adopted daughters)
Occupation Politician

Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew (simplified Chinese: 刘会洲; traditional Chinese: 劉會洲; pinyin: Liú Huì Zhōu; 15 September 1942 – 9 April 2010) was a Malaysian politician. He represented Sibu in the Parliament of Malaysia from 1990 until his death in 2010, and served as Deputy Minister for Transport from April 2009 until his death. Lau was also a vice-president of the Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP).[2][3]


Lau was born to a poor family and his mother died when he was three years old. He was schooled at St Michael's College, Adelaide and studied accountancy at the South Australia Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia). In Australia he met his wife, Kapitan Dato' Janet Lau Ung Hie.[4] He had three children with his wife; Alvin Lau Lee Ren (eldest son), Tammy Lau Lee Teng (daughter) and Pierre Lau Lee Wui (son).

His political career began in 1983 when he joined SUPP. He first contested a Parliamentary election in the Malaysian general election, 1990, winning the seat of Sibu against a Democratic Action Party candidate by a majority of 2,008 votes. He defended the seat in four further elections.[4]


Lau died of bile duct cancer[3] (Cholangiocarcinoma) in his home in Kuala Lumpur on 9 April 2010.[2] His remains arrived in Sibu at night on the same day. His funeral was held on 11 April 2010. The funeral began with a procession around the Sibu town and a requiem mass. His body was later buried at Nirvana Memorial Park.[5]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Sibu, Sarawak[6]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1990 Robert Lau (SUPP) 11,914 54% Ling Sie Ming (DAP) 9,906 45%
1995 Robert Lau (SUPP) 15,317 56% Wong Ho Leng (DAP) 10,472 38%
1999 Robert Lau (SUPP) 23,227 60% Wong Sing Nang (DAP) 14,085 37%
2004 Robert Lau (SUPP) 20,501 54% Wong Ho Leng (DAP) 17,161 45%
2008 Robert Lau (SUPP) 19,138 53% Wong Ho Leng (DAP) 15,903 44%


  1. ^ "Award in recognition of service, contribution to society, says Kong". The Borneo Post. 6 February 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sibu MP dies". The Malaysian Insider. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Sibu MP and Dep Transport Minister Robert Lau dies (Updated)". The Star. Star Publications. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Sibu loses an illustrious son". The Borneo Post. The Borneo Post. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Datuk Robert Lau's Remains Arrive In Sibu Bernama
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 9 April 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for other candidates not listed).