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We believe it is important for citizens to get to know their elected representatives; who they are, what they stand for, and what their opinions are regarding certain events critical to the welfare of the state and people of Sabah.

That’s why we are launching a segment here called “20 Questions for Christina”.

Members of the public are welcome to submit your questions using our contact form and every month we will curate 20 questions out of the pool and get Datuk Christina’s response and post them here. Some of them may be repeat questions, so there may be some paraphrasing! The questions can be on any topic but we ask that the conversation be civil and that we observe the twin rules of kindness and courtesy at all times.

To start off, we have collected 20 questions this month from the various messages we have received on her Facebook, Instagram and also live events.

Leave us a comment and don’t forget to submit your questions for October 2020!

Coffee or Tea?

Kopi C kurang manis!

What do you always pack with you when you travel?

Maggi Mee & a travel adaptor.

What’s your favorite food?

Fish head curry.

What is your most prized possession?

My family. I am not concerned about possessions; nothing matters more than family.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

My late father. He was a very hardworking and honest man, and brought up 7 children in Tawau together with my mother.

What makes you angry?

Leaders who have no principles. Backstabbers and bullies.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was a child. Later on in my teens, I developed an interest in politics.

What’s your favorite animal?

I have three! The proboscis monkey, the Borneo pygmy elephant and the orang-utan.

What was your saddest moment as Minister for Tourism, Environment & Culture?

That would be when we lost Iman, the last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. She had quite the personality and she was special to me, but unfortunately all our efforts to save her were unsuccessful in the end. It is tragic that we had only two rhinos left when I came to the Ministry and they were both ill.

What keeps you up at night?

Right now it’s the upcoming election and worries about how this pandemic will affect small businesses and our tourism players. I know I am no longer the Minister for Tourism, but it is hard for me to stop caring about this matter.

What is the funniest experience you’ve had in your very serious job?

I think it’s when we made a visit to Sukau, and they named a new orang-utan after me. Including my surname. Somewhere in Sukau there is now a female orang-utan called Christina Liew!

What’s your favorite color?


What are you most proud of?

That I was part of the first wave of change in our nation, paving the way for a cleaner and more democratic process. This is a work in progress, but we got to see “people power” in action during the last GE and I know this is just the beginning.

What is your hope for the young people in our state?

That they would take a more active role in nation-building. We need their energy, vision and innovation.

What do you think your greatest strength/weakness is?

Strength: My integrity and principles. I have a strong personal moral code.
Weakness: I tend to speak my mind and I think this might occasionally cause unintended offence.

What is your greatest regret?

When my late father passed away in Tawau, I was not in time to see him for the last time, as I was in KK at the time. I still dream about being able to talk to him.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to watch videos of my new grandson in Australia. He is 7 months old now. I also like to watch the news.

Tell us a secret about you nobody else knows about.

I used to take saxophone lessons but the teacher told me not to continue because I was terrible at it!

Complete this sentence: “Women are...”

Brave, strong, necessary to nation-building and deserve to be empowered to lead.

What’s your motto?

“Man proposes but God disposes.” We try our best but some things are beyond our control. That’s why we need faith.


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