Sim Tze Tzin
Sim Tze Tzin
|Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry|
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
|Monarch||Muhammad V |
|Prime Minister||Mahathir Mohamad|
|Preceded by||Tajuddin Abdul Rahman |
|Succeeded by||Ahmad Hamzah as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries I |
Che Abdullah Mat Nawi as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries II
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
for Bayan Baru
|Assumed office |
5 May 2013
|Preceded by||Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (IND)|
|Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly|
for Pantai Jerejak
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
|Preceded by||Wong Mun Hoe (Gerakan–BN)|
|Succeeded by||Mohd Rashid Hasnon (PKR)|
Sim Tze Tzin
6 February 1976
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
|Political party||People's Justice Party (PKR)|
|Pakatan Harapan (PH)|
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
|Spouse(s)||Chan Oi Lai|
|Alma mater||San José State University|
University of Technology, Malaysia
Sim Tze Tzin (Chinese: 沈志勤; pinyin: Shěn Zhìqín; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sím Tsì-khîng; born 6 February 1976) is a Malaysian politician currently serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bayan Baru. He was handpicked by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as the deputy to Salahuddin Ayub, the former Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration. He served in the position from July 2018 to February 2020, the implosion of the PH administration.
He is the Strategy Director of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of PH coalition. He previously served as the Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly for Pantai Jerejak from March 2008 to May 2013. He is the former political secretary to former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and the current President of PKR, Anwar Ibrahim.
Sim was born in George Town, Penang and attended Hu Yew Seah School for his primary education, later moving on to Chung Ling High School. In 1996, he joined the Reserve Army, and became a Junior Lieutenant in 1999. His interest in politics began after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the Oslo Accord, which he says contributed to his "political awakening". In 1998, he joined the Reformasi movement initiated by Anwar, and founded the Malaysia Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA) "to promote democratic awareness among Malaysian citizens and to protest against the University and University College Act".
He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1999. While he was there, he became the first non-Malay elected to the UTM Students' Representative Council, winning over 9,000 votes. He later obtained a Masters of Science (Civil) in Highway Engineering from San José State University, while working full time in California as an highway design engineer from 2001 to 2006. While in the United States, Sim founded the Malaysia Forum Organization in Stanford University, a group promoting civil society and discussion of Malaysian issues.
After five years working in the US, Sim returned to Malaysia and joined PKR. Working under Anwar, he played a significant role in the release of a video clip purporting to show the fixing of judicial appointments and court decisions. He was later named as a witness for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Video Clip, but as of March 2008 has not been called to testify.
In the 2008 general election, Sim contested in the Penang state constituency of Pantai Jerejak under the PKR ticket. He won by a majority of 1,258 votes. He was one of four major players in the Lingam video clip scandal who won election – the others were Loh Gwo Burne (elected as MP for Kelana Jaya), Wee Choo Keong (elected as MP for Wangsa Maju), and Sivarasa Rasiah (elected as MP for Subang).
In the 2013 general election, Sim contested the parliamentary seat of Bayan Baru instead and won to be a Member of Parliament. He contested again the parliamentary seat in the 2018 general election and won to retain it. He was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in July 2018 by the new PH formed federal government then.
Controversies and issues
Lingam's case witnesses were not called
He is one of the witnesses in the Lingam video clip case. But on January 28, 2008, the royal commission investigating Lingam's video clip had decided not to summon him to testify on the clip's investigation because according to Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, the Commission's chairman, the evidence to be given them was irrelevant to the investigation which is run.
Urged Zahrain to vacate the Bayan Baru parliamentary seat
On March 14, 2010, he sent a total of 2,108 signatures collected within two days from voters around the Bayan Baru market and the Fairgrounds in Sungai Nibong, Penang to Bayan Baru's independent MP Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and urged him to vacate his seat before The House of Commons convened on 15 March 2010.
Misleading newspaper headers
On July 24, 2010, an English daily, The Star, on the need for a low-cost flats in Penang but its title misleading and treating Pakatan Rakyat's image reported that he said the department might prohibit the construction of flats and prohibit the construction of low-cost flats measuring approximately 700 square feet. This is because the ban is due to the fact that most of the flats are in poor condition, dirty and disruptive in view of the population density in the area.
|2008||N36 Pantai Jerejak||Sim Tze Tzin (PKR)||6,982||54.95%||Wong Mun Hoe (GERAKAN)||5,724||45.05%||12,898||1,258||73.94%|
|2013||P52 Bayan Baru, Penang||Sim Tze Tzin (PKR)||43,558||64.06%||Tang Heap Seng (MCA)||24,251||35.66%||68,849||19,307||86.98%|
|2018||Sim Tze Tzin (PKR)||51,555||68.88%||Chuah Seng Guan (MCA)||13,804||18.44%||75,884||37,751||83.59%|
|Iszuree Ibrahim (PAS)||8,757||11.70%|
|Yim Boon Leong (MUP)||733||0.98%|
- "Meet Sim". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- "2008 polls – interesting facts". Malaysiakini. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- Sim, Tze Tzin. "Thank You Pantai Jerejak Voters". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- "Keputusan Keseluruhan Pilihan Raya Umum Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang Bagi Tahun 2008" (in Malay). Election Commission. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- BERNAMA/NSTP (2 July 2018). "Meet Malaysia's new Cabinet of 26 ministers, 23 deputy ministers". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
- "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Results only available from the 2004 election (GE11).
- "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.
- "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
- "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.