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Steven Sim Chee Keong
Minister of Human Resources
Assumed office
12 December 2023
Ibrahim Iskandar
(since 2024)
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyAbdul Rahman Mohamad
Preceded byV. Sivakumar
ConstituencyBukit Mertajam
Deputy Minister of Finance II
In office
10 December 2022 – 12 December 2023
Serving with Ahmad Maslan (Deputy Minister of Finance I)
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
Preceded byYamani Hafez Musa
Succeeded byLim Hui Ying
(Deputy Minister of Finance)
ConstituencyBukit Mertajam
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterSyed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman
Preceded bySaravanan Murugan
Succeeded byWan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal
ConstituencyBukit Mertajam
National Organising Secretary of the
Democratic Action Party
Assumed office
20 March 2022
AssistantNg Suee Lim
Khoo Poay Tiong
Secretary-GeneralAnthony Loke Siew Fook
National ChairmanLim Guan Eng
Preceded byAnthony Loke Siew Fook
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bukit Mertajam
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded byChong Eng
Majority43,063 (2013)
52,877 (2018)
57,685 (2022)
Personal details
Steven Sim Chee Keong

(1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 42)
Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
SpouseChan Jo Rin
Alma materUniversity of Malaya (BS)
Sunway University (MBA)

Steven Sim Chee Keong (simplified Chinese: 沈志强; traditional Chinese: 沈志強; pinyin: Shěn Zhìqiáng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sím Chì-kiông; born 13 May 1982) is a Malaysian politician who is serving as the Minister of Human Resources in the Unity Government administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2023 as well as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bukit Mertajam since May 2013. He served as the Deputy Minister of Finance II in the PH administration under Prime Minister and Minister Anwar from December 2022 to December 2023 and the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the PH administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Syed Saddiq from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH coalition. He has also served as the National Organising Secretary of DAP since March 2022.[1] He is presently the youngest Cabinet minister at the age of 42.

He was elected into the DAP central executive committee (CEC) in 2022.

In January 2011, he was appointed as a member of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), one of the largest local governments of Malaysia.

He writes regularly for Penang Monthly (formerly Penang Economic Monthly) as well as contributing opinion pieces to prominent Malaysian online news portals such as Malaysiakini and the Malaysian Insider. He has authored 4 books, including a contemporary socio-political critique of the Malay classic Hikayat Hang Tuah, Hang Tuah: Adiwira Bangsa in 2021.

In 2012, he was named as a Young Global Leader of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.[2] He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Penang Institute, a public policy think-tank based in Penang.

He speaks fluently in English, Malay, Hokkien, and Mandarin.[3]

Education and Pre-Political Career[edit]

Sim's early education started at SK Stowell and Bukit Mertajam High School (HSBM). He graduated from University of Malaya in Computer Science in 2004. He later pursued a Masters in Sustainable Development at the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development in Sunway University and graduated in 2020.

He served in a multinational corporation for three years before joining the Penang state government in 2008.[4] He also sits on the governing board of the Penang Institute, a leading public policy think tank based in Penang, Malaysia.

Sim was formerly the executive secretary of the Network of Social Democracy in Asia, a regional dialogue of political parties, scholars and NGOs of the social democratic persuasion.

Political career[edit]

Minister of Human Resources (since 2023)[edit]

In a cabinet reshuffle on 12 December 2023, Sim was promoted to a Cabinet minister and assigned a new portfolio. He was appointed as the Minister of Human Resources to replace V. Sivakumar, who was the only Cabinet minister to be dropped in the reshuffle and whose aides were facing corruption charges.


Sim is also the author of four books.

The Audacity to Think: An Invitation to Rethink Politics (2012); Being Malaysia (2018); an anthology of Malay poems, Dalam Salju Ada Bunga (2018); and a contemporary socio-political critique of the Malay classic Hikayat Hang Tuah, Hang Tuah: Adiwira Bangsa (2021).

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P045 Bukit Mertajam Steven Sim Chee Keong (DAP) 55,877 80.29% Gui Guat Lye (MCA) 12,814 18.41% 69,588 43,063 88.09%
2018 Steven Sim Chee Keong (DAP) 63,784 85.40% Gui Guat Lye (MCA) 10,907 14.60% 75,977 52,877 85.37%
2022 Steven Sim Chee Keong (DAP) 71,722 77.33% Steven Koh Tien Yew (PAS) 14,037 15.14% 93,695 57,685 77.34%
Tan Yang Pang (MCA) 6,986 7.53%


  1. ^ "Age no longer a factor, says deputy to youngest minister". Free Malaysian Today. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Penang Institute's Steven Sim awarded Young Global Leader by WEF". The Sun Daily. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.guangming.com.my/node/450761/terms [dead link]
  4. ^ Arnold Loh (26 June 2018). "Three Penang MPs lying low until official Cabinet announcement". The Star. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 2013" (in Malay).[permanent dead link] Results only available from the 2004 election.
  6. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 5 May 2014. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  10. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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