Sam Lim

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Bon Cheng Lim (Chinese: 林文清) (1961- ), better known as Sam Lim, is an Australian politician. A member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), Lim was elected in 2022 to represent the Division of Tangney in Western Australia in the Australian House of Representatives.

Lim was born on 6 June 1961 in Muar, Johor, Federation of Malaya and the eldest of eight siblings in a Malayan Chinese family. He struggled for 15 years living in a house with almost no electricity, no floor, and leaking roofs. His childhood dream was to be a policeman, so he became a constable in the Royal Malaysia Police in the 1980s after completing his MCE (Malaysian Certificate Examination). However, the low pay rates and weak currency meant that he could not share his income with his parents. Instead after two years with the police, he worked as a dolphin trainer at a safari park in Johor for five years, a job that Lim described as his "best job ever". The safari park closed down later, and Lim moved into small business. He was also a Buddhist monk.

Lim decided to leave Malaysia and emigrate for Australia in 2005, planning to retire with his family. Shortly after his move in 2006 however, Lim abandoned his plans to retire and continued his police dream by joining the Western Australia Police Force. During his time in the police force, he worked at Perth, Karratha, Eucla and Fremantle. He was transferred to the department's Perth headquarters in 2017, and was handed the responsibility of assisting multicultural Asian groups. He was awarded Officer of the Year at the Nine News Police Excellence Awards in December 2020 for his role in pandemic outreach.

Lim speaks ten languages, including Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian and Burmese. He is part of the Labor Right faction, which is more economically and socially conservative.

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