Ramasamy Palanisamy

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Yang Berhormat Prof. Dr.
Ramasamy Palanisamy
Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia
Assumed office
Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batu Kawan, Penang
In office
Preceded by Huan Cheng Guan (GerakanBN)
Succeeded by Kasthuriranni Patto (DAPPR)
Member of the Penang State Assembly
for Perai
Assumed office
Preceded by Rajapathy Kuppusamy (MICBN
Personal details
Born (1949-05-10) 10 May 1949 (age 65)
Sitiawan, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party DAPPakatan Rakyat
Residence Penang
Alma mater Indiana University
McGill University
University of Malaya
Occupation Politician
Website www.pramasamy.com

Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy (Tamil: பேராசிரியர் ராமசாமி; born 10 May 1949) is a Malaysian politician and is currently the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of Penang. He is also a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Batu Kawan constituency, and represents the seat of Perai in the Penang State Assembly. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and is a shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.

Ramasamy was elected to the Malaysian Parliament and Penang State Assembly in the 2008 election, defeating former Penang Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon.[1] He became Deputy Chief Minister of Penang after the election, serving under the new Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, making him the first person of Indian origin to hold the post of deputy chief minister in any Malaysian state.[2]

Before entering politics, Ramasamy was a Professor at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, but his employment was terminated in 2005. He later took up teaching positions in Germany and Singapore.[2]

Election results[edit]

Year Parliamentary seat Votes Obtained Majority Ballots Cast Opponent Turnout
2008 P46 Batu Kawan, Penang won by 23,067 9,485 37,289 Koh Tsu Koon (Barisan NasionalGerakan) 79%
Year State assembly seat Votes Obtained Majority Ballots Cast Opponent Turnout
2008 N16 Perai, Penang State Assembly won by 7,668 5,176 10,651 Krishnan Letchumanan (Barisan NasionalMIC) 75%
2013 N16 Perai, Penang State Assembly won by 10,549 7,959 13,465 Krishnan Letchumanan (Barisan NasionalMIC) 83.90%


  1. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Kuppusamy, Baradan (20 March 2008). "Dr P. Ramasamy – from critic to Penang No. 2". The Star. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 

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