The first one is Penelope Ying-Yen AKA “Penny Wong” – the first Malaysian-born to become a parliamentarian in the land Down Under – who was appointed as Australia’s new foreign minister on the 23th of May 2022.
Penny Wong is now 54-year-old and was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She graduated with a law and arts degree from the University of Adelaide in 1992.
Wong was elected as a senator for South Australia in 2001, and went on to defend her seat in 2007, 2013 and 2016. This makes Wong the fourth longest serving senator in Australia.
After the Labor won government in 2007 under Kevin Rudd, she was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water. In this position, she significantly expanded the Renewable Energy Target, which has driven significant investment in wind and solar power.
Wong, who is the first female openly-LGBTI Australian federal parliamentarian, also played a significant role in the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia in 2017.
The second one is Sam Lim. Who was born in Muar. Lim has wrested the Tangney seat in Western Australia from incumbent Ben Morton. Morton, assistant minister to outgoing prime minister Scott Morrison and his cabinet, defended the seat for two terms. In fact, Lim’s victory marked the first time the Labour Party clinched the Tangney seat in almost four decades.
Lim is 61 years old, and came from humble beginnings as his family had no proper access to water and electricity for the first 15 years of his life.
Lim was a police officer for two years in Malaysia before he moved to Australia with his family in 2002.Then he joined the Western Australian police force and was even named as Western Australia’s police officer of the year in 2020.
Here is also a fun fact about Lim. He speaks 10 languages, and also spent a short stint training dolphins at a safari park in Malaysia before leaving for Australia.
Australia witnessed a change of government after nine years on Sunday, after the Labour Party led by Anthony Albanese ousted Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition. Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister on Monday.
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