Teresa Kok

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"Since my ISA detention (in September 2008), I have realized that everything I say and do will be scrutinized. So, I have decided to mellow down because it affects the DAP and the Pakatan Rakyat. When I keep quiet now, it's not that I don't have a stand. I do, but I must protect the coalition of PR, my party DAP, and also myself."  —  Teresa Kok [1]
Teresa Kok

Teresa Kok Suh Sim (born 1964, age 50) is one of the 4 DAP Vice-Chairmen, as well as the DAP Member of Parliament for Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur. In the 2008 and 2013 general elections, Kok chalked up the largest majority in any constituency in the 2 general elections. Multilingual, Kok speaks Malay, English, and Chinese fluently.


2.  Brief biography: Born in Kuala Lumpur, Teresa Kok obtained her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with the intention of becoming a journalist. However, she soon realized that although journalists could see a lot of things, they cannot do much about them. Thus, after graduating in 1990, she assisted Dr. Kua Kia Soong, the former Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya, in his 1990 general election campaign. After the elections, Kok was recruited to become the political secretary to then Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.

In 1995, Kok contested the Ipoh Barat parliamentary seat, but was defeated. She subsequently resigned her job as political secretary to obtain a second Bachelor's degree, this time in political science, and a Master's degree in philosophy from the Universiti Malaya. In the 1999 general elections, Kok won the Seputeh parliamentary seat in Kuala Lumpur with a majority of 5,200 and was re-elected in the 2004 general election with a majority of 12,895, the largest winning margin among the 13 elected DAP Members of Parliament.

Teresa Kok released from ISA detention
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In 2005, Teresa Kok exposed Squatgate, a scandal involving detainees under the care of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). The scandal began with complaints from two Chinese female citizens who were being stripped, their breasts fondled, and forced to do 'ear squats' (meaning touching their ears as they did squats). Later that month, Kok was given a video compact disc (VCD) by an anonymous whistleblower that contained a video depicting a female police officer ordering a female detainee, now identified as Hemy Hamisa Abu Hassan Saari, to do ear squats in the nude. Kok later showed the video to some other Members of Parliament, triggering shock and outrage.

In the 2008 general elections, Teresa Kok retained her parliamentary seat with an even bigger majority of 36,492. She also won the nearby state seat of Kinrara, where she was contesting for the first time. In the new Selangor executive council, Kok was named Senior Executive Councillor and put in charge of investment, trade and industry. On 12 September 2008, she was detained by the police under the Internal Security Act (ISA), where in detainees may be held incommunicado for a period of 60 days.

In the 2013 general elections, Teresa Kok retained her Seputeh parliamentary seat with a 51,552-vote majority, the biggest majority in the general elections.  more... at Chronology


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