Tiong King Sing

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri
Tiong King Sing
MP
张庆信
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bintulu, Sarawak
Assumed office
1999
Preceded by Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP)
Majority 1,400 (1999)
11,267 (2004)
14,966 (2008)
7,433 (2013)
7,022 (2018)
Personal details
Born (1961-09-03) 3 September 1961 (age 57)
Sibu, Crown Colony of Sarawak
Political party PDP (2017-present)
SPDP (2002-2017)
SNAP (Till 2002)
Other political
affiliations
Sarawak Parties Alliance(2018-present)
Barisan Nasional (Till 2018)
Occupation Politician; businessman
Website p216bintulu.com
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 張慶信
Simplified Chinese 张庆信
Hanyu Pinyin Zhāng Qìngxìn
Hokkien POJ Tiong Khìng-Sìn

Dato' Seri Tiong King Sing (张庆信; born 3 September 1961) is a Malaysian politician. He is currently the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bintulu constituency in Sarawak. Tiong was appointed by Prime Minister Najib Razak as Malaysia’s special envoy to the Far East covering Japan, Korea and Taiwan in 2014.[1] The appointment was terminated by the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2018.[2]

Tiong is the President of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). In accordance with its expansion to West Malaysia in 2017, the party was rebranded with its new name and logo from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP); previously a ruling component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[3] Following the fall of BN in the 2018 general election and in the aftermath of meeting between all Sarawak-based BN coalition parties on 12 June 2018, PDP leave the coalition to formed a new Sarawak-based coalition of Sarawak Parties Alliance (GPS).[4]

Tiong was originally a member of the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) but was dismissed in 2002 for what the party cited as disciplinary reasons.[5] He subsequently joined the SPDP.[6] In 2007 he became involved in a dispute with police administration alleging that criminal gangs were acting with impunity throughout Sarawak but that his concerns were not being addressed by police.[7][8] His outspokenness was reported to have triggered a large police operation against criminal organisations in the State.[9] Tiong subsequently received mail threats, including a parcel of shotgun cartridges, at his constituency office.[10][11] At the 2008 general election, he successfully defended his seat receiving 73% of the vote.[12]

Tiong was re-elected to Parliament again in 2013 general election, and the following year became the President of the SPDP, replacing William Mawan Ikom, who had resigned from the party.

In 2018 general election, Tiong retained his seat in Bintulu with a majority of 7,022.

Kong-Kali-Kong pet phrase[edit]

See also: empty vessels make the most sound (tong kosong nyaring bunyinya, air beriak tanda tak dalam, berkocak tanda tak penuh)

Tiong King Sing introduced a pet phrase into Parliament when he described Opposition lawmakers as "Kong-Kali-Kong" MPs. Tiong made the remark after several opposition MPs lashed out at Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers, in particular Azalina Othman Said (Umno-Pengerang) for tabling a motion to suspend Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah). Among the opposition lawmakers who voiced their disagreement with the tabling of the motion were Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong), Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), Khalid Samad (Amanah-Shah Alam) and Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara). In an attempt to silence them, Tiong used the term "Kong-Kali-Kong" on them, which he explained as "empty vessels" or "people with no insight on any matter whatsoever." This remark was followed by roars of laughter from other MPs who practically drowned out Gobind, who asked sarcastically, "What does that mean? Is that Bahasa Malaysia?" The pandemonium was triggered when Lim was suspended from Parliament for six months for refusing to apologise or retract his allegation that Pandikar Amin Mulia had abused his position as Dewan Rakyat Speaker on the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) investigations on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) when he ordered that it be temporarily suspended. Speaking up in defence of Pandikar, Tiong said the Speaker had to be firm in allowing the motion to be tabled by Azalina for voting. "Remember, we have to respect the Speaker," Tiong said, adding that he believed opposition MPs would never admit their faults and would instead continue to block the issue from being debated.[13][14]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Bintulu, Sarawak[15]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1999 Tiong King Sing (SNAP) 15,681 52% Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP) 14,281 47%
2004 Tiong King Sing (SPDP) 20,225 63%
Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP) 8,958 28%
Lau Hieng Kii (SNAP) 2,583 8%
2008 Tiong King Sing (SPDP) 23,628 72% Lim Su Kien (DAP) 8,662 27%
2013 Tiong King Sing (SPDP) 26,458 58% John Brian Anthony (DAP) 19,025 42%
2018 Tiong King Sing (Progressive Democratic Party|PDP) 27,076 57%
Chiew Chan Yew (DAP) 20,054 42%
Chieng Lea Phing (STAR) 328 1%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiong appointed special envoy to Far East". The Malay Mail. 5 Jan 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2018. 
  2. ^ Justin Ong (7 July 2018). "Report: Putrajaya axing special envoys, advisers". The Star. Retrieved 1 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "PDP plans to expand to Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Klang Valley". The Borneo Post. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Sharon Ling; Geryl Ogilvy (12 June 2018). "Sarawak BN parties pull out of coalition to form independent state-based pact". The Star. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "`Nine who walked out did not want to participate in sacking'". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 22 April 2002. 
  6. ^ "SPDP to object to SNAP rejoining BN". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 18 November 2003. 
  7. ^ D'Cruz, Fay Angela (1 April 2007). "MP: Come and see the gangsters running riot". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 
  8. ^ "Sarawak top cop breaks his silence on gangsters". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 3 April 2007. 
  9. ^ "Police closing in on gangsters". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 8 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Warning to IGP and Bintulu MP". New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press. 31 July 2007. 
  11. ^ "Shotgun cartridges in mail for Bintulu MP, IGP". The Star (Malaysia). Star Publications (Malaysia). 31 July 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Hamdan Ismail (10 March 2008). "BN Does Well In Northern Sarawak". Berita Wilayah Sarawak. Bernama. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Opposition made up of 'Kong-Kali-Kong' MPs, says BN man | Free Malaysia Today". 
  14. ^ ""Kong Kali Kong" Di Parlimen - YouTube". 
  15. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 April 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).