Biodata of Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang, a Member of Parliament since 1969, is one of the most senior politicians in Malaysia.

A member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), Lim Kit Siang started as the national organising secretary and editor of the Party organ, The Rocket, from 1966-1969. He became the Party Secretary-General from 1969 and National Chairman from 1999-2004.

Lim Kit Siang led the Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition bloc from 1974-1999, checking government excesses and exposing many government scandals. He was detained twice under the notorious Internal Security Act (ISA) for speaking up for ordinary Malaysians. No charges were brought against him in both occasions. Lim Kit Siang was adopted as prisoner of conscience by Amnesty international for being the conscience of the Malaysian people.

After almost 50 years of hard-fought struggle, Lim Kit Siang and DAP together with their alliance finally defeated the ruling coalition and took over the Federal government in Putrajaya on 9 May 2018.

Lim Kit Siang is currently a backbencher in the Malaysian Parliament.

Electoral Record

Parliamentary Opposition Leader: 1974-1999, 2004-2008.

Member of Parliament:

Bandar Melaka (1969 – 1974);
Kota Melaka (1974 – 1978);
Petaling Jaya (1978 -1982);
Kota Melaka (1982 – 1986);
Tanjong (1986 – 1999);
Ipoh Timur (2004-2013);
Gelang Patah (2013-2018);
Iskandar Puteri (since May 2018).

State Assemblyman:

Kubu, Melaka (1974 – 1982);
Kampong Kolam, Penang (1986 – 1990); and
Padang Kota, Penang (1990 -1995)

Political Experience

1969 – Detained under the Internal Security Act for 18 months.
1979 – Convicted of five charges under Official Secrets Act for exposing an inappropriate arms deal between the government and a Swiss company.
1987 – Detained under the Internal Security Act for 17 months (Operation Lalang)


1966 – 1969 National Organising Secretary ; Editor of The Rocket.
1969 – 1999 Secretary-General.
1999 – 2004 National Chairman.
2004 – now Central Executive Committee Member.

Lim Kit Siang published 36 books since 1978.