Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu

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Edmund Santhara
Ministerial roles
2020–2021Deputy Minister of Federal Territories
2021–Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Personal details
Santhara Kumar s/o Ramanaidu

(1971-04-03) 3 April 1971 (age 50)
Layang-Layang, Simpang Renggam, Johor, Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (until 2020)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Since 2020)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (until 2020)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (since 2020)
Spouse(s)Carline d/o Johnson D'Cruz
Alma materNational University of Malaysia
University of Strathclyde
Newcastle University[1]
Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu on Facebook
Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu on Parliament of Malaysia

Datuk Seri Dr. Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu (Tamil: சந்தார்த்த குமார், romanized: Cantārtta kumār) is a Malaysian politician, businessman and entrepreneur who has served as Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Nancy Shukri since August 2021. He served as Deputy Minister of Federal Territories in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Annuar Musa from March 2020 to August 2021 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Segamat since May 2018. He is an associate member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the PN coalition and was a member, National Integration Bureau chairman and Coordinator of Segamat of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition.[2][3] He resigned from PKR and joined BERSATU in February 2020 as he was aligned with Mohamed Azmin Ali, then-Deputy President of PKR who was against Anwar Ibrahim, the President of PKR. He created a history of becoming the first non-indigenous politician to join BERSATU as an associate member after its party leadership decided to allow non-indigenous people to join the party as the associate members.

Career prior to politics[edit]

Santhara joined Masterskill in October 2004 as the Director of Business Development, where he was tasked with improving the company's growth opportunities. In January 2005, he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overall management. In September of the same year, Santhara was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. According to the group's website, Masterskill is the largest nursing and allied health sciences education group in Malaysia and one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region.[4]

In 2017, Santhara announced his decision to quit as the CEO of Masterskill Education Group Bhd (MEGB) to concentrate on his political career.[5]

Political career[edit]

Santhara contested the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat as an independent in the 2013 general election but gained only 999 votes. He stood in the 2018 general election in the Segamat parliamentary seat, representing PH-PKR, and was elected with 52.11% of the vote.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P94 Hulu Selangor, Selangor Edmund Santhara (IND) 999 1.33% P. Kamalanathan (BN-MIC) 37,403 49.79% 75,113 3,414 87.65%
Khalid Jaafar (PR-PKR) 33,989 45.25%
Radzali Mokhtar (IND) 1,105 1.47%
2018 P140 Segamat, Johor Edmund Santhara (PH-PKR) 24,060 52.11% S. Subramaniam (BN-MIC) 18,584 40.25% 46,170 5,476 83.41%
Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil (GS-PAS) 2,676 5.79%

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]


  • Honorary Fellow of Association of Business Executives (ABE), U.K
  • Fellow of Charted Institute of Marketing (FCIM), U.K
  • Fellow of Malaysian Institute of Management (FMIM)
  • Fellow of Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management (FMIHRM)
  • Associate Fellow of Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Santhara Kumar". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Santhara hopes to upset Subra in Segamat". The Star.|access-date=30 May 2018}}
  3. ^ "PKR president announces party's new lineup". Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ Jose Barrock. "Edmund Santhara sells chunk of Masterskill". Kinibiz Online. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Dr Santhara resigns as CEO of Masterskill". The Malaysian Reserve. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  6. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 30 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  9. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "Ernst & Young names Santhara entrepreneur of the year". The Star. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Chong Wei wins TOYM award". The Star. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2021. Founder and CEO of Masterskill Education Group Datuk Edmund Santhara received the award for the Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment category.
  12. ^ "The JCI TOYM program was launched by Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM) in year 1985". JCI Malaysia. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Asia HRD Awards". SMR HR Group. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Ibrahim, Mohd Iskandar; Sulaiman, Noor Atiqah (1 February 2021). "Seramai 335 terima darjah kebesaran sempena Hari Wilayah". Berita Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  16. ^ Hadir, Shawaliah (1 February 2021). "Tengku Zafrul antara 6 penerima Darjah Kebesaran Pangkat Pertama sempena Hari WP". MalaysiaGazette (in Malay). Retrieved 1 February 2021.