Sim Tze Tzin

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Sim Tze Tzin
Ministerial roles
2018–2020Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2013–2018People's Justice Party
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Faction represented in Penang State Legislative Assembly
2008–2013People's Justice Party
Personal details
Sim Tze Tzin

(1976-02-06) 6 February 1976 (age 45)
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Spouse(s)Chan Oi Lai
Alma materSan 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 who served as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Salahuddin Ayub from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bayan Baru since May 2013. He also served as Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pantai Jerejak from March 2008 to May 2013. He is a member and Strategy Director of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH opposition coalition. He also served as the political secretary to Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of the Opposition, Chairman of PH and President of PKR.

Early life[edit]

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".[1]

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.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

In the 2008 general election, Sim contested in the Penang state constituency of Pantai Jerejak under the PKR ticket.[3] He won by a majority of 1,258 votes.[4] 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).[2]

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.[5]

Controversies and issues[edit]

Lingam's case witnesses were not called[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Sim is married.[who?][1]

Election results[edit]

Penang State Legislative Assembly[6][7]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
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%
Parliament of Malaysia[7][8][9][10][11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
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%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Meet Sim". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  2. ^ a b "2008 polls – interesting facts". Malaysiakini. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  3. ^ Sim, Tze Tzin. "Thank You Pantai Jerejak Voters". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ BERNAMA/NSTP (2 July 2018). "Meet Malaysia's new Cabinet of 26 ministers, 23 deputy ministers". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Results only available from the 2004 election (GE11).
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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