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Influence in politics

YB Hannah Yeoh, 26/01/2013

YB is going for maternity in 2 weeks’ time. She is expecting a second child.

Only righteousness can exalt our nation, not special budget, infrastructure, etc.

Today is Australian Day, there are Malaysians who are celebrating it as they have become Australians.

Why politics?

YB joined DAP at the age at 27 or 28 under Tony Pua’s branch. She and her husband joined to support her CG members. She took care of the food and beverages then. At the age of 29, she was asked to stand for election. In 1998, she received Christ and wanted to be a preacher. She spent 2 years in Tasmania and she was admitted to the High Court in Malaysia in 2002. She wanted to go back to Australia so she took up CLP in Australia. She worked in Hobart, Tasmania but she could not get a PR. The employer could pulled back their job offer. Her father asked her home. It was her dream to be in Australia. After packing her law books and walking home, she meditated on Jeremiah.

Act 17:24-27  The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  (25)  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  (26)  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  (27)  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.


We are not a Malaysian by mistake. We cannot run away from God’s purpose.

YB got married in 2008. One month later, she was nominated to stand for the election on 13/02/2013. She had 2 weeks to prepare. Her opponent had her manifesto printed in booklets while she only had hers in A4 papers.

Any fear?

Yes. But the PKR leaders came to endorse her. She made a decision not to make personal attacks on her opponents. Her father-in-law, teachers, pastors spoke for her.

She won with the 2nd largest majority in Selangor. They just had a Chinese wedding and they only had RM700. They were told they needed RM100k to run the campaign. 2 elders from different churches came to help. She told her boss she would just take 2 weeks of unpaid leave and she would go back to work. However, she won.

There are intercessors who prayed for people to be placed in governments and their prayers are answered.

Principles of Influence in Politics

Work Dilligently

Rom 12:8  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.


She serves diligently because it glorifies God. Also, the people in Subang Jaya is too informed.

Humble Service

There are people who do not understand the difference among MP, state assembly and local council. YB has to watch the traffic to see the time when traffic is heavy and follow the team to do fogging. She also has to go to make sure drains are unclogged. They catch rats in SS15 every 3 months. YB go with the local council to catch rats together with the resident.

Pray without fail

Exo 33:15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

Honour Your Word

Mat 5:37  Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.


Do not make empty promises. People hold us against our words.

Jer 15:19  Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.


You cannot simply change your stand.


Managing complaints is a key challenge for a state assemblyperson. She gets 1,000+ emails per month. She has 400+ unread emails in her Inbox. She is serving half a million people in Subang Jaya with 3 paid staff. YB understands how Moses felt. We need to know how to de-stress or we will go crazy.


As a politician, one doesn’t have to go looking for needs. Needs come knocking on the door.


Exo 18:17-23  Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good.  (18)  You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.  (19)  Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.  (20)  Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.  (21)  But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.  (22)  Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.  (23)  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”


YB talks to churches and other charity organizations to help the needy. Free car parks were given to the OKU in 12 local councils. Also, a toy library was set up for children with special needs. Friends of Disabilities has an annual gathering – YB partners with CHC.

YB channels funding to these activities but she needs help with the manpower.

Invest in the Young

Pro 22:6  Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.


When we don’t impart our knowledge and experience to our young, they don’t get a chance to learn. Children must be taught what is right or wrong from young. Parents must be careful what they do as their children learn from them. Be mindful of what we speak in front of our children. If we constantly speak despair, the children will one day leave.

YB spoke to our students in Singapore and encouraged to come back to Malaysia, even though they cannot vote for them.

YB also talked to East Malaysians students to go back to serve in their home town.

Mindful of who you represent and no compromise

2Co 5:19-20  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  (20)  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.


Exo 34:14  Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.


YB got voted by different from different people, not just Christians. However, she represents Christ. She makes no compromises. She still speak up for the needs of different people and provide funding.

Seek Counsel

When she won, she constantly admitted she didn’t know a lot of things. She seeks counsel from the right people.

Pro 15:22  Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Mind your own business

1Th 4:11-12  Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,  (12)  so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.


Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.


Being a politician, it’s so easy to say something to be famous. But YB doesn’t want to do that and she focuses on her own constituency.

YB came up 2nd highest in the Selangor DAP election. She just focuses on doing her work. She also came up 2nd in the national election. Don’t worry about what others are doing. Just do our job. Watch God do the rest for us.

Fear God

2Sa 22:21  The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.


Psa 24:3-4  Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?  (4)  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.


Integrity in handling taxpayers money – YB gets RM500k every year to distribute to her constituency. YB entered politics to fight corruption and racial politics.

… even when it hurts and even when it’s inconvenient

When they registered their daughter, they wanted to register her as “anak Malaysia” but it was rejected. The Home Minister told them they could appeal. It’s been a long time and there has been no reply until now.

A former staff was caught forging signatures and took money. YB lodged 3 police reports … even though it risks bad publicity when it’s so close to election.

Family first

1Ti 3:4-5  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.  (5)  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)


In politics and an ministry, the most important thing is to take care of our family first. If we don’t learn how to minister to our family, we lost all rights and authority to do what we do outside. Sometimes we give our best outside and come home to give the worse to those closest to us.

Delight yourself in the Lord

Psa 37:1-7  Of David. Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;  (2)  for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.  (3)  Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  (4)  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.  (5)  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  (6)  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  (7)  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.


YB gets discouraged at times. One pastor told her we cannot keep looking for the good things in what we do. Christ gave his life. In ministry, it’s so easy to walk away. We have to learn to deal with ministry seriously. If we want to serve God, we better make sure we serve God to the very end. Same goes for marriage and any ministries.

YB looks to God as the provider and not to man. She prayed once in 2009 that she wanted to go to Washington. The US Embassy called to send her all expenses paid trip to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The same thing happened to London. She prayed. She was sent to London and Europe.

Preached before rulers

YB got to many opportunities to preach.

Jos 5:6-7  The Israelites had moved about in the desert forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land that he had solemnly promised their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.  (7)  So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way.


When one generation fails, God destroyed all of them and raised up their sons.

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