Sim Tze Tzin

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Yang Berhormat Tuan
Sim Tze Tzin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bayan Baru, Penang
Assumed office
May 2013
Preceded by Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (PKRPR)
Majority 19,307 (2013), 37,751 (2018)
Member of the Penang State Assembly
for Pantai Jerejak
In office
March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Wong Mun Hoe (GERAKANBN)
Succeeded by Mohd Rashid Hasnon (PKRPH)
Majority 1,258 (2008)
Personal details
Born Sim Tze Tzin
(1976-02-06) 6 February 1976 (age 42)
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party PKR
Other political
Pakatan Harapan
Alma mater San José State University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Occupation Politician
Profession Engineer

Sim Tze Tzin (Chinese: 沈志勤; pinyin: Shěn Zhìqín; born 6 February 1976) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Strategy Director from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. Sim is also the current Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru, Penang. He previously served as the Penang State Legislative Assemblyman for Pantai Jerejak from March 2008 to May 2013. He is the former political secretary of former Deputy Prime Minister and de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim.

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 2008, Sim contested the general election under a PKR ticket in the Penang state constituency of Pantai Jerejak.[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]

Personal life[edit]

Sim is married.[1]

Election results[edit]

Penang State Legislative Assembly
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
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P.052 Bayan Baru 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. 

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