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Muar-Born Former PDRM Constable Sam Lim Is Now An Australian MP After A David Versus Goliath Political Fight

Muar-Born Former PDRM Constable Sam Lim Is Now An Australian MP After A David Versus Goliath Political Fight

Sam Lim was a dolphin trainer, a successful businessman and a cop who could speak 10 languages.

Fernando Fong

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Muar native Sam Lim, a former policeman and dolphin trainer, was recently elected as the Australian MP.

He won the Perth seat of Tangney in an unexpected result as his opponent Ben Morton is close to recently-ousted prime minister Scott Morrison.

Lim, the Labor Party’s candidate, defeated Liberal candidate Ben Morton by 9.5%.

In the federal general election, the victory ended a decade-long conservative rule backed by the Liberal-National coalition.

Lim’s success in the Western Australian region follows a wave of support for candidates who campaigned for more action on climate change.

Not Afraid To Try New Things

Lim is a former member of the country’s police, but he decided to look for greener pastures.

Being a policeman is “his childhood dream”, he told FMT, an ambition that was achieved in Malaysia before he left the force due to low pay.

I joined the police force in the 1980s. As a constable, I get RM275 a month and after deductions, there is only about RM180 left. I want to share my earnings with my parents, but it is too little.

Former policeman Sam Lim on his struggles with low pay.

Lim then trained dolphins for a while, before becoming a salesman, but since migrating to Australia in 2005, he has returned to doing what he loves.

He relishes visiting his hometown, meeting old relatives and friends, and enjoying roti canai and teh tarik.

Another Story Of Malaysians Who Excel Abroad

At 45, he joined the Western Australian police, passed physical and psychological tests and was placed on the front lines.

Lim became the first non-white individual to win the Police Officer of the Year award in 2020, in recognition of his services in a multi-racial community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lim is the second Malaysian-born to become an Australian MP in the federation.

Sam Lim (centre in blue uniform) with community representatives after being named a top officer in the Western Australia Police Excellence Awards in 2020. (Pix: Facebook)

Earlier, Penny Wong, born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, was elected as a member of the Senate, representing South Australia since 2022.

Appointed as Foreign Minister in Australia’s new left-leaning government, Wong is the first Asian-born person to hold an Australian cabinet position. 

Wong was born to an Australian mother and a Malaysian father.

She moved to Australia in 1976, when she was eight years old, and settled in Adelaide following her parents’ divorce.

Wong has served as Senate leader of the Australian Labor Party since 2013, and since 2022, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Government in the Senate under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

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