Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu
|2020–2021||Deputy Minister of Federal Territories|
|2021–||Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture|
|Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat|
|2020||Malaysian United Indigenous Party|
Santhara Kumar s/o Ramanaidu
3 April 1971
Layang-Layang, Simpang Renggam, Johor, Malaysia
|Political party||People's Justice Party (until 2020) |
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Since 2020)
|Pakatan Harapan (PH) (until 2020)|
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (since 2020)
|Spouse(s)||Carline d/o Johnson D'Cruz|
|Alma mater||National University of Malaysia |
University of Strathclyde
|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. 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
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.
In 2017, Santhara announced his decision to quit as the CEO of Masterskill Education Group Bhd (MEGB) to concentrate on his political career.
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.
|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
Awards and recognitions
- Malaysia's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award (2007)
- JCI Malaysia Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Award – Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment (2009)
- Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards - Contribution to Society (2011)
- JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award (JCI TOYP) Award – Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishment (2011)
- 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
- Federal Territory (Malaysia) :
- Kelantan :
- Justice of Peace (Jaksa Pendamai) (JP) (2012)
- Pahang :
- Perak :
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (DPMP) – Dato' (2009)
- Sabah :
- Commander of the Order of Kinabalu (PGDK) – Datuk (2010)
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