Maria Chin

Maria hails from Kampar, Perak, went to Assunta Secondary School in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and obtained BSc Applied Economics from the University of East London and MSc Urban Planning from the University of London.

As a women’s rights activist, she has worked for women’s rights for over 30 years and played a key role in lobbying for the Domestic Violence Act 1994 and laws related to violence against women. She has been involved with the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) to advocate for gender equality.

As the former Executive Director of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) she worked with marginalised groups, such as low-income women and indigenous communities.

“My entry into the political arena is about change. As a candidate rooted in social activism, my aim is to strengthen the democratic reform agenda – the heartbeat of civil society’s work – through collaboration with Pakatan Harapan on key reforms” Maria Chin Abdullah, March 2018

As the former chairperson for the Coalition for Good Governance, she worked with Petaling Jaya residents and civil society in 2008 to push for democratic governance and local council elections.

A strong advocate for electoral and institutional reform, she led the massive Bersih 4 and Bersih 5 rallies for free and fair elections, as the then Bersih 2.0 chairperson. Just before the Bersih 5 rally, she was detained without trial under Security Offences (Specia Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) for 11 days in solitary confinement.

Maria is a mother of three who works tirelessly to fight for an inclusive Malaysia. She believes in clean and fair elections, women’s rights, youth participation and developmental and environmental justice.