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Betty Chew

Yang Amat Berbahagia Puan
Betty Chew Gek Cheng
周玉清
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for Kota Laksamana
In office
March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Lai Keun Ban
Majority 7,242
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for Durian Daun
In office
29 November 1999 – March 2004
Preceded by Yew Kok Kee
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Majority 3,369
Personal details
Born (1964-08-15) 15 August 1964
Tengkera, Malacca, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysian
Political party Democratic Action Party - Pakatan Rakyat
Spouse(s) Lim Guan Eng
Children 4
Occupation Politician

Betty Chew Gek Cheng (Chinese: 周玉清; pinyin: Zhōu Yùqīng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chiu Ge̍k-chheng; born 15 August 1964) is a Malaysian Chinese politician from the Democratic Action Party (DAP). As of 2005, she is the chief of the DAP Malacca women's wing, and also represents the constituency of Kota Laksamana in the State Assembly of Malacca. She is also married to the current Chief Minister of the State of Penang who also the Secretary-General of the DAP, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, and is the daughter-in-law of the former Opposition Leader in the Parliament of Malaysia, Lim Kit Siang, who is also of the DAP.[1]

In 2005, she suffered a surprise defeat when running for re-election to the DAP Malacca committee, placing second-last, finishing ahead of only her husband. However, while her husband automatically qualified to sit on the committee by virtue of his position as party Secretary-General, Chew did not.[1] Chew was "saddened by the results", but said she accepted her defeat.[2] However, Teresa Kok, a DAP Member of Parliament, suggested there was a conspiracy behind the defeat of Lim and Chew in their re-election campaigns.[3]

In 2006, it was reported that Chew would become the first Malacca assemblyman to give birth while in office. At the time, Chew had three children with Lim: Rachael, aged 15, Clint, aged 14, and Marcus, aged 11.[4]

In 2008, Chew defeated newcomer Lee Kiat Lee for the Kota Laksamana seat where she had 11043 votes while Lee had only 3801 votes.

Election results

State legislative assemblies: P123 N17 Durian Daun, Melaka
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Betty Chew Gek Cheng (DAP) 7,380 64.77% Chew Chong Lin (MCA) 4,011 35.2% 11,605 3,369 73.88%
State legislative assemblies: P138 N20 Kota Laksamana, Melaka[5]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Betty Chew Gek Cheng (DAP) 8,944 62.74% Lim Eng Tack (MCA) 5,302 37.19% 14,471 3,642 76.34%
2008 Betty Chew Gek Cheng (DAP) 11,043 73.35% Lee Kiat Lee (MCA) 3,801 25.25% 15,055 7,242 79.53%

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Guan Eng and wife voted out of Malacca DAP committee". (20 December 2005). The Star (Malaysia).
  2. ^ "Betty upset over her ouster". (19 December 2005). The Star (Malaysia).
  3. ^ Beh, Lih Yi (19 December 2005). "Mr and Mrs Lim's defeat a 'conspiracy'". Malaysiakini.
  4. ^ Conflicts and developments. (29 December 2006). Malaysia Today.
  5. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008".   Results only available from the 2004 election.
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