Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong was Malaysia's Deputy Defence Minister from July 2018 to February 2020. He is now a politician with the Democratic Action Party.

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Opinion | Malaysia’s political ceasefire is a move towards sensible reforms and away from back-stabbing, at long last

The opposition has pledged to support the Ismail Sabri administration’s bills if it carries out several reforms, including amending the constitution to end party-hopping and capping the prime minister’s tenure at 10 years.

The opposition has pledged to support the Ismail Sabri administration’s bills if it carries out several reforms, including amending the constitution to end party-hopping and capping the prime minister’s tenure at 10 years.

14 Sep 2021 - 7:28PM
Opinion | Farewell to Malaysia’s presidential premiership

Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s appointment as Malaysia’s third premier in three years, with a slim majority, means the PM is no longer able to lord over everyone in the political system.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s appointment as Malaysia’s third premier in three years, with a slim majority, means the PM is no longer able to lord over everyone in the political system.

22 Aug 2021 - 10:38AM
Opinion | How political mismanagement has fuelled Malaysia’s coronavirus surge

Covid-19 has exposed Malaysia’s political divisions, unwieldy bureaucracy and capacity – or lack thereof – to deal with a crisis, says Liew Chin Tong.

Covid-19 has exposed Malaysia’s political divisions, unwieldy bureaucracy and capacity – or lack thereof – to deal with a crisis, says Liew Chin Tong.

27 Jan 2021 - 9:27AM
Asian Angle | Malaysia’s two emergencies: why 2021’s freeze on democracy is not like the trouble of 1969

PM Muhyiddin now has unfettered powers after calling a state of emergency to handle surging Covid-19 cases, the first time one has been declared since racial riots in 1969, but voters will not tolerate a return to authoritarian rule.

PM Muhyiddin now has unfettered powers after calling a state of emergency to handle surging Covid-19 cases, the first time one has been declared since racial riots in 1969, but voters will not tolerate a return to authoritarian rule.

16 Jan 2021 - 5:31PM
Opinion | Why Muhyiddin’s government and Malaysia’s fragile status quo won’t last much longer

Malaysia’s shifting alliances, past betrayals, internal party divisions and future electoral prospects make for a complex and unstable situation.

Malaysia’s shifting alliances, past betrayals, internal party divisions and future electoral prospects make for a complex and unstable situation.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:58AM
Opinion | Why the next 100 days are crucial in the battle for Malaysia’s soul

The only way for Malaysians to prevent a full restoration of the Old Order (Umno) is to mobilise for a rumoured election in three months’ time.

The only way for Malaysians to prevent a full restoration of the Old Order (Umno) is to mobilise for a rumoured election in three months’ time.

11 Jun 2020 - 12:42AM
Opinion | China should free itself of ‘zero-sum thinking’ and help create new rules for a multipolar world

Beijing shouldn’t use the China-US binary to define the world but forge ties with Asian neighbours without behaving like a big power or causing anxiety among smaller nations, says Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.

Beijing shouldn’t use the China-US binary to define the world but forge ties with Asian neighbours without behaving like a big power or causing anxiety among smaller nations, says Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.

22 Oct 2019 - 4:12PM
Asian Angle | Malaysia must win hearts and minds to confront regional terrorism

Deputy minister of defence champions a ‘whole of society’ approach as well as greater cooperation between governments.

Deputy minister of defence champions a ‘whole of society’ approach as well as greater cooperation between governments.

10 Jun 2020 - 5:21PM
Opinion | What Malaysia’s ‘Mahathir doctrine’ means for China-US rivalry

The thinking of Malaysia’s new prime minister – ‘Mahathir 2.0’ – offers an insight into weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era and suggest a firmer stance on the South China Sea

The thinking of Malaysia’s new prime minister – ‘Mahathir 2.0’ – offers an insight into weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era and suggest a firmer stance on the South China Sea

10 Jun 2020 - 5:20PM