PETALING JAYA: Malaysian-born Sam Lim, 60, pulled a shock win for the Australian Labour Party for the seat of Tangney on Sunday (May 22).
Lim beat Ben Morton, who was an adviser to outgoing Australian prime minister Scott Morison, Australian information websites reported.
Lim was a former dolphin trainer and policeman who was awarded Officer of the Year on the Nine News Police Excellence Awards in December 2020 for his function in pandemic outreach.
On his surprising win, Lim mentioned “There is a giant problem for me to do higher and I hope the Labor Party could be there for the following 45 years.”
Lim migrated to Australia in 2002 together with his household, and might communicate 10 languages.
According to Australia’s ABC News, the Johor-born Lim mentioned that he grew up in a “very poor household.”
“There was no energy or water,” he mentioned.
“So we needed to battle, the primary fifteen years of my life, however that 15 years constructed me as much as right now,” he mentioned.
Lim cited that his time working as a dolphin trainer in Malaysia was the “greatest job ever”.
“I like it as a result of dolphins are so real, dolphins by no means harm you. If you are feeling harm, you bounce into the swimming pool.
“The dolphin will come to you and attempt to consolation you,” he was quoted as saying.
Lim additionally served as a police officer for 2 years with the Royal Malaysian Police Force however could not survive as a result of low pay.