Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu

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Edmund Santhara

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Deputy Minister of Federal Territories
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
MinisterAnnuar Musa
Preceded byShahruddin Md Salleh
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Segamat
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byDr. S Subramaniam (MICBN)
Majority5,476 (2018)
Personal details
Santhara Kumar s/o Ramanaidu

(1971-04-03) 3 April 1971 (age 49)
Layang-Layang, Simpang Renggam, Johor
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)
Muafakat Nasional (MN) (since 2020)
Spouse(s)Carline d/o A. Johnson D'Cruz
Alma materNational University of Malaysia
University of Strathclyde
Newcastle University[1]
Professionformer CEO of Masterskill Education Group Bhd

Edmund Santhara @ Santhara Kumar s/o Ramanaidu (Tamil: சந்தார்த்த குமார், romanized: Cantārtta kumār) is a Malaysian politician, businessman and entrepreneur. He is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Segamat in the state of Johor and was the People's Justice Party (PKR) national integration bureau chairman.[2][3] He was also PKR coordinator for Segamat. He is the first non-indigenous Malaysian politician to be an allied member of Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) ruling coalition in Malaysia.

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 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%

Orders, awards and recognition[edit]

Public awards[edit]

State honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Santhara Kumar". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Santhara hopes to upset Subra in Segamat". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "PKR president announces party's new lineup". Retrieved 30 May 2018.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Edmund Santhara sells chunk of Masterskill". Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Dr Santhara resigns as CEO of Masterskill". 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. ^ https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2007/12/05/ernst--young-names-santhara-entrepreneur-of-the-year/ Ernst & Young names Santhara entrepreneur of the year
  11. ^ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2009/11/08/chong-wei-wins-toym-award/ Chong Wei wins TOYM award. Founder and CEO of Masterskill Education Group Datuk Edmund Santhara received the award for the Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment category.
  12. ^ http://www.asiahrdawards.com/node/54