G. Palanivel

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In this Indian name, the name Govindasamy is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Palanivel.
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri
G Palanivel
MP
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8th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress
In office
6 December 2010 – 25 June 2015
Deputy Subramaniam Sathasivam
Preceded by Samy Vellu
Succeeded by Subramaniam Sathasivam
Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
In office
16 May 2013 – 29 July 2015
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Douglas Uggah Embas
Succeeded by Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Constituency Cameron Highlands
Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Modernisation and Management, Public Administration, Public Complaints
In office
9 August 2011 – 5 May 2013
Succeeded by Paul Low Seng Kuan
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Cameron Highlands
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded by Devamany S. Krishnasamy
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Hulu Selangor
In office
21 October 1990 – 8 March 2008
Preceded by Subramaniam Sinniah
Succeeded by Zainal Abidin Ahmad
Personal details
Born Palanivel s/o K. Govindasamy
(1949-03-01) 1 March 1949 (age 68)
Penang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Malaysian Indian Congress (until 2014)
Spouse(s) Kanagam Palanivel
Children 4
Residence Kuala Lumpur
Alma mater University of Malaya
Bachelor of Arts
Occupation Politician
Religion Hindu
Website www.gpalanivel.com.my

Datuk Seri Palanivel s/o K. Govindasamy (Tamil: பழனிவேல் கோவிந்தசாமி; born 1 March 1949), commonly known as Datuk Seri G Palanivel, was the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He held his last positions in the Malaysian Government as the Minister in Prime Minister's Department and Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. His previously held the position as the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Deputy Minister of Welfare and Family Development of Malaysia. In the 8 March 2008 general elections, he was defeated in his bid for another five-year term as a member of parliament. He was appointed as Senator in May 2010 and became the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities. On 6 December 2010, he became the President of the Malaysian Indian Congress, which is a member of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional. On 30 July 2011, the Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Dato' G Palanivel to be appointed as Minister in the PM's Department on the MIC General Assembly and on 9 August 2011 Dato' G Palanivel took the oath of office to become the minister.

After his victory in 13th General Election, Palanivel was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.[1]

Background[edit]

Palanivel obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Malaya in 1972, majoring in History. Initially he became a teacher at the Goon Institute in Kuala Lumpur, and then at Maktab Adabi in Kuantan. In the same year as his graduation, he was elected Secretary of Petaling Branch of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a political party which is part of the ruling coalition. He has been with the party since 1968.

He moved on to become a Research Assistant at the Muzium Negara (National Museum). In 1974, he went back to Penang to join the Consumer Association of Penang. There he rose to the position of Executive Director. His next career move was to join Bernama as a journalist in 1977. There he was elevated to become the Economic News Editor. It was during this period he was invited to become a Press Secretary to the Minister of Works who was (and is) also the President of MIC. That set the stage for the crucial take-off in his political career. He was chosen as a candidate in the country's general elections in 1990 and had won every single election as a member of parliament ever since until his loss in the 8 March 2008 elections when a tidal wave of voter sentiment against the ruling coalition came to the fore that resulted in the loss of four states out of thirteen to the opposition and in the loss of two-third majority in the Parliament.

Positions in the Government commenced with Palanivel being appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National Unity. He rose further to become the Deputy Minister of Rural Development of Malaysia from 1999 until 2004 when he was made the Deputy Minister of Welfare and Family Development. He continued as the Deputy Minister until his defeat in the March 2008 general elections.

Palanivel also had a stint in the corporate circle as a Business Adviser to Sports Toto and as Director of Telecoms Malaysia, Usha Martin and the Maharaja Network of Sri Lanka. 222

Political future[edit]

In June 2006, Palanivel, previously a Vice-President of MIC, entered a new era of top level MIC leadership by defeating a 27-year incumbent, Dato' S Subramaniam, to become the new Deputy President of MIC. He retained his position in the MIC Elections concluded on 12 September 2009.[2] Palanivel, was appointed MIC president to replace S Samy Vellu on 6 December 2010.

Palanivel's position hitherto has been a Deputy Minister from 1999 until March 2008 when he failed to secure his parliamentary seat in the 2008 elections. Following the massive defeat of MIC representatives in the 2008 general elections, MIC's top leadership is conspicuously absent in the cabinet of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional that is made up of largely race based parties dominated by the Malay-based UMNO. It is the more junior members of MIC leadership who won in the General Elections who hold one ministerial and two deputy ministerial posts allocated for the party. Moreover, in the April 2009 new government line-up, MIC's representation had been reduced.

Although the Barisan Nasional coalition won the 2008 general elections, it lost its previous eminent of position of securing parliamentary seats exceeding two-third majority. In the same elections, serious gains including capturing of 5 states out the total of 13 have been made by the alternative coalition, Pakatan Rakyat.

On 3 May 2010, G Palanivel was appointed as a Senator in the Parliament Upper House.

Palanivel returned to the federal cabinet portfolio and was appointed Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities after a minor Cabinet reshuffle on 4 June 2010.

On 6 December 2010, G Palanivel was appointed as the 8th MIC President succeeding Samy Vellu who had held the post for 31 years.

On 5 May 2013, G Palanivel won the Cameron Highlands Parliament seat in the 13th Malaysian General Election. The Malaysian Indian Congress won 4 (Cameron Highlands, Segamat, Hulu Selangor, Tapah) Parliament seats in total and 5 (Gambir, Kahang, Tenggaroh, Gadek, Jeram Padang) State seats, an extra seat compared to the previous election in Malaysia.[3] He was then appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.[4]

On 3 July 2013, G Palanivel said that MIC was against the controversial bill which allows unilateral conversion of child below 18 years old into Islam.

On 5 July 2013, G Palanivel commented "It was a fair move taking into consideration the sensitivities of various stakeholders and groups. MIC still stands by its statement that the consent of both parents are needed for the conversion of children to Islam," after the controversial bill on conversion of minors was withdrawn by the Malaysian ruling government Barisan Nasional.

Election Results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[5][6]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P084 Hulu Selangor, Selangor G Palanivel (MIC) 20,839 63.74% Nazar Yakin (S46) 11,857 36.26% 34,306 8,982 73.10%
1995 P088 Hulu Selangor, Selangor G Palanivel (MIC) 20,546 78.19% Adnan Din (S46) 4,594 17.48% 27,505 15,952 53.66%
Peng Kim Sing (DAP) 1,137 4.33%
1999 G Palanivel (MIC) 22,143 61.65% Halili Rahmat (PKR) 13,548 37.72% 37,195 8,595 71.06%
2004 P094 Hulu Selangor, Selangor G Palanivel (MIC) 27,807 67.52% Ismail Kamus (PAS) 13,324 32.35% 42,592 14,483 72.77%
2008 G Palanivel (MIC) 22,979 49.55% Zainal Abidin Ahmad (PKR) 23,177 49.97% 47,845 198 75.24%
2013 P078 Cameron Highlands, Pahang G Palanivel (MIC) 10,506 48.03% Manogaran Marimuthu (DAP) 10,044 45.92% 22,752 462 81.32%
Mohd Shokri Mahmood (Berjasa) 912 4.17%
Alagu Thangarajoo (IND) 308 1.41%
Kisho Kumar Kathirveloo (IND) 101 0.46%

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