Teresa Kok

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Teresa Kok

郭素沁
Minister of Primary Industries
Assumed office
2 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyShamsul Iskandar Md. Akin
Preceded byMah Siew Keong as Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
ConstituencySeputeh
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Seputeh, KL
Assumed office
26 November 1999
Preceded byLiew Ah Kim
Majority56,059 (2018)
51,552 (2013)
36,492 (2008)
12,895 (2004)
5,200 (1999)
Member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly
for Kinrara
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byDr Kow Chong Wei
Succeeded byNg Sze Han
Majority5,739 (2008)
Selangor Senior Executive Councillor
In office
8 March 2008 – 3 April 2013
Personal details
Born
Teresa Kok Suh Sim

(1964-03-31) 31 March 1964 (age 54)
Selangor, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyDAP
Alma materUniversiti Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.teresakok.com

Teresa Kok Suh Sim (Chinese: 郭素沁; pinyin: Guōsùqìn; born 31 March 1964) is a Malaysian politician. She is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Seputeh constituency from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. She is nominated and served as a Minister of Primary Industries since July 2018 after Pakatan Harapan won the Malaysia's general election in 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Teresa is a second-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Kok is a member of the Hakka dialect group and her ancestors were from Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China. She speaks Malay, English and Chinese(Mandarin and Cantonese) fluently. Kok is a Catholic by religion.[1]

She earned her first degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), graduating in the School of Communication, and; a second degree from University Malaya in political science, and a master of philosophy. Her thesis was on United Malays National Organization (UMNO), titled "Factionalism in Umno During Dr Mahathir's Era (1981–2001)".

Kok writes in weekly column for Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily. In 2004, she published a book compiling articles she wrote for the then Chinese daily.

Political career[edit]

Kok was political secretary to Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang from 1990 to 1995. In 1995, she contested the Ipoh Barat Parliamentary seat on a DAP ticket but was defeated by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) candidate. Kok resigned as political secretary after that to further her studies.

In the 1999 general election, Kok won the Parliamentary seat of Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur with a majority of 5,200 and was re-elected in 2004 with a majority of 12,895, the largest winning margin among the 13 elected DAP MPs.

In the 2008 general election, Kok retained the Seputeh seat with a majority of 36,492, the largest majority in any constituency and won the Kinrara seat in Selangor State Legislative Assembly at the same time. She was elected in the new Selangor executive council, and was named senior executive councillor who was put in charge of investment, trade and industry to ensure all funds are directed to Malaysians.

In 2013 general election, she won re-election to Parliament, garnering over 86 percent of the formal votes cast in her Seputeh constituency.

Kok was re-elected to Seputeh seat for the fifth term in the 2018 general election but on the ticket of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as the move of Pakatan Harapan using a common symbol in the election.

Controversy[edit]

Later in 2008, she was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Under the act, the police have no obligation to disclose the alleged offence if any at all. The Malay newspaper Utusan had reported she had "advised" a mosque in Puchong not to use loudspeakers while making the azan. She denied the allegation.[2] It was found out later that a faulty loudspeaker system was the reason why the mosque did not broadcast the azan.[3] Furthermore, while there was a petition sent to the mosque, the petition requested for the mosque to lower the volume during 'ceramah' or sermons and not during the azan.[4] The administrator of the mosque, as well as the petitioners, confirmed that Kok was not involved in the petition.[5] She was released on 19 September 2008.[6][7] On 27 September, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of her family residence, accompanied by a warning letter. No-one was hurt.[8]

In May 2014, Kok was charged with sedition for making a Chinese New Year video posted on YouTube which allegedly contained seditious elements. Kok was among the first of several other opposition politicians to be caught in a nationwide sedition dragnet.[9][10]

Election results[edit]

Selangor State Legislative Assembly[11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 N30 Kinrara Selangor Teresa Kok (DAP) 12,990 64.11% Kow Cheong Weh (MCA) 7,251 35.79% 20,517 5,739 79.31%
Parliament of Malaysia[11][12][13][14][15][16]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 P62 Ipoh Barat, Perak Teresa Kok (DAP) 19,747 44.51% Ho Cheong Sing (MCA) 24,616 55.49% 45,693 4,869 68.71%
1999 P110 Seputeh, KL Teresa Kok (DAP) 28,657 54.33% Sua Chong Keh (MCA) 23,457 44.47% 52,995 5,200 73.59%
Liew Ah Kim (MDP) 457 0.87%
Duraichelvan Murugeson (IND) 134 0.25%
2004 P122 Seputeh, KL Teresa Kok (DAP) 33,197 62.29% Banie Chin Yen Foo (MCA) 20,302 37.56% 53,499 12,895 62.29%
2008 Teresa Kok (DAP) 47,230 81.38% Carol Chew Chee Lin (MCA) 10,738 18.50% 58,207 36,492 75.70%
2013 Teresa Kok (DAP) 61,500 85.95% Nicole Wong Siaw Ting (MCA) 9,948 13.90% 71,859 51,552 83.58%
2018 Teresa Kok (DAP) 63,094 89.97% Chan Quin Er (MCA) 7,035 10.03% 70,583 56,059 81.83%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Teresa".
  2. ^ "Saya Akan Ambil Tindakan Terhadap Utusan Malaysia & Zaini Hassan". Teresa Kok. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Faulty PA system the cause of 'silent' azan". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Petition not about 'azan' but religious 'ceramah'". Malaysiakini. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Kok not involved in azan petition, says mosque". Malaysiakini. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Teresa: "I was made a scapegoat..."". Sun2Surf. 19 September 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Teresa Kok released". TheEdgeDaily. 19 September 2008. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  8. ^ "TERESA KOK SEES MOLOTOV COCKTAIL INCIDENT AS SCARE TACTIC". Yahoo! News. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Teresa Kok charged with sedition over controversial Chinese New Year video". The Star (Malaysia). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Dragnet proves urgency to axe Sedition Act, Suhakam tells Putrajaya". The Malay Mail Online. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 5 May 2014. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  13. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  14. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  15. ^ "PRU-13". Utusan. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  16. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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