Indians as Ministers in Malaysia
Indians also appointed as Cabinet Ministers in Malaysia.
Two citizens of Indian origin, first Shri Gobind Singh Deo, a Sikh of Indian-origin and second Shri M Kulasegaran a Tamilian Hindu of Indian origin have been appointed as Cabinet Ministers in Malaysia. They are the first citizens from a minority community to be appointed as Cabinet Ministers in the history of Malaysia. Shri Gobind Singh Deo, 45, from the Democratic Action
Party (DAP), has been made a Cabinet Minister. He has been given the communications and multimedia portfolio. He is one among the two politicians of Indian descent included in the Pakatan Harapan coalition's Cabinet.
Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) is a political alliance that was founded in 2015 as a coalition of several political parties in Malaysia. It is the largest coalition and the ruling party in the Parliament of Malaysia. Deo represents Puchong constituency in the Malaysian Parliament and is the son of late Malaysian lawyer and politician Shri Karpal Singh. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2008 General Election.
Deo was re-elected to the lower house, with an increased margin, in 2013 and he again won this year's election with a margin of 47,635 votes. The other person of Indian-origin is Shri M. Kulasegaran from the DAP, who has also been made a Cabinet Minister. M. Kulasegaran (MK for short) is a well-known and experienced lawyer in Malaysia. He is a Hindu of Tamil origin. The 60-yearold practising lawyer is the vice-chairman of DAP as well as Pakatan Harpan’s vice-president.
MK, the second youngest of nine siblings who grew up in a rubber estate, received his early education at Anglo-Chinese School in Sitiawan, Perak. After completing his BA (Hons) Barrister at Law from
Lincoln’s Inn, London, he established his Law offices Kula & Associates, which started functioning on May 1, 1985. He was called to the English Bar in July 1982 by the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn; thereafter he was admitted and enrolled as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court in Malaysia in 1983. Kulasegaran joined DAP in 1983.
Gobind Singh Deo
He wore a turban during the swearing ceremony. MK was wearing traditional Tamil headgear a
"thallapa," a turban traditionally worn by Tamil kings. MK also expressed his pride in wearing the thallapa, in recognition of his heritage. It is a part of Tamil culture. Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. Kuala Lumpur is the nation's capital and largest city, with a population of over 30 million.
Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united with North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963 to become Malaysia. However, in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation.
About half the population is ethnically Malay, with large minorities of Malaysian Chinese Malaysian Indians, and indigenous people. The government system is similar to the English parliamentary system. The head of state is the king. He is an elected monarch chosen from the hereditary rulers of the nine Malay states every five years. The head of government is the Prime Minister. The country's official language is Malay language.
It is generally believed that Sikhs were brought to Malaysia the then Malaya as police and soldiers. But that is not correct. It is recorded that first Sikhs were actually sent to Malaya as war prisoners. The first two Sikhs to set foot in Malaya were Anglo Sikh war prisoners Nihal Singh (better known as Bhai Maharaj Singh) and Kharak Singh. They had been sent first to the Andaman
Islands and later to Singapore and Malaya.
It is possible that a small number of Sikhs in Police may have already been present in Malaya and Singapore when the British
Deo was re-elected to the lower house, with an increased margin, in 2013 and he again won this year's election with a margin of 47,635 votes. The other person of Indian-origin is
Shri M. Kulasegaran from the DAP, who has also been made a Cabinet Minister. M. Kulasegaran (MK for short) is a well-known and experienced lawyer in Malaysia.
founded Singapore in 1819. By 1850s Sikh police were already deployed in British Colony of Hong Kong before they were deployed in Malaya. The process of migration of Sikhs to Malaysia started again in 1865, but this time involved recruitment in the armed forces in the British Empire mainly as police, military and guards. This is further supported by the fact that one Mr John Mackay, a planter took the first Sikhs to Australia in 1837.
First Sikh unit
The first official Sikh unit - mostly Sikh - in Malaya was raised with one Capt Speedy, in 1874. Sikhs were considered the prime of the martial races by the British. English police officers had already experienced the effectiveness of Sikh police in Shanghai, Hong Kong,
After their successful debut as law and order keeping men the Sikhs were eagerly sought by other troubled states. In their wake came relatives and fellow villagers bringing with them the diverse skills, trades and abilities of field and farm. When the 1953 Immigration Act made further migration to Peninsular Malaya virtually impossible, the Sikh community was already firmly established and became remarkably influential.
Malaysia has nearly 1, 00,000 Sikhs today.
Burma, etc, and were very much impressed by their quality of work ethics.
After their successful debut as law and order keeping men the Sikhs were eagerly sought by other troubled states. In their wake came relatives and fellow villagers bringing with them the diverse skills, trades and abilities of field and farm. When the 1953 Immigration Act made further migration to Peninsular Malaya virtually impossible, the Sikh community was already firmly established and became remarkably influential. Malaysia has nearly 1, 00,000 Sikhs today.
Relations between Tamils of India and Malaysia have existed for more than 2000 years.
Even before British colonisation, Tamils had been conspicuous in Malaysia especially since the 11th century. They spread Tamil culture and the Tamil language and script to Malaysia. The Tamil emperor Rajendra Chola I of the Chola dynasty ruled Malaysia in the 11th century.
Tamil merchant guilds
Many such guilds were established in several locations. Tamils were among the most important trading people from India. Although the bulk of them have merged with the majority Malay ethnic group, some communities such as the Malacca Chittys are the decedents of the earlier Tamilians. During the
British colonial era, Britain facilitated the migration of Indian workers to work in tea and rubber plantations. The overwhelming majority of migrants from India were ethnic Tamilians from the then Madras Presidency of India under East India Company.
Tamil Indian freedom fighters Maruthu Pandiyar, their relatives and 72 war prisoners were deported to Penang in the year 1802 by the East India Company.
The Sri Lankan Tamils, also known locally as Ceylonese Tamils, were employed principally in the civil and professional services. Since the establishment of English rule started a steady inflow of plantation workers. Apart from this there was also substantial migration of Indians to work in Malaysia due to their general good command of the English language.
The Portuguese government of erstwhile Goa also encouraged their subjects and families to migrate to Malaysia. Thus it formed the population of Indians in Malaysia, which like Indians in Mauritius, Fiji, and Suriname etc has prospered due to their family values and stress on education.
Gobind Singh Deo is the first sikh to become a CabinetMinister in Malaysia.
M Kulasegaran, a Tamilian Hindu appointed as a Cabinet Minister in Malaysia.
Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms.