Gobind Singh Deo

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Gobind Singh Deo
ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ
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Minister of Communication and Multimedia
In office
21 May 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyEddin Syazlee Shith
Preceded bySalleh Said Keruak
Succeeded bySaifuddin Abdullah
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Damansara
Assumed office
19 November 2022
Preceded byTony Pua Kiam Wee (PH-DAP)
Majority124,619 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Puchong
In office
8 March 2008 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byLau Yeng Peng (BN-GERAKAN)
Succeeded byYeo Bee Yin (PH-DAP)
Majority19,972 (2008)
32,802 (2013)
47,635 (2018)
Personal details
Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh

(1973-06-19) 19 June 1973 (age 49)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (Malaysia) (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
SpouseSangeeta Kaur Sidhu
RelationsJagdeep Singh Deo (brother)
Ramkarpal Singh (brother)
Parent(s)Karpal Singh
Gurmit Kaur
Alma materUniversity of Warwick (LLB)
OccupationPolitician, lawyer

Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh (Punjabi: ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ, romanized: Gobind Siṅgh Dio; born 19 June 1973) is a Malaysian politician and lawyer who served as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Damansara since November 2022 and for Puchong from March 2008 to November 2022. He is a member and National Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the PH coalition. Dubbed the "little lion of Puchong",[1] He is the son of the former DAP leader Karpal Singh, who was known as the "Tiger of Jelutong". His brothers, Ramkarpal Singh and Jagdeep Singh Deo, are also DAP leaders. In 2018, he made history by becoming the first Malaysian federal minister from the Sikh community.[2]

Early life, education and early career[edit]

Gobind was born on 19 June 1973 in Penang, Malaysia. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Warwick.

He by profession is a law practitioner and found his law firm Gobind Singh Deo & Co.[3] based in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. The firm is operated together with his members lawyers. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996, a year after returning from Lincoln's Inn.

Political career[edit]

YB Gobind Singh Signing Plaque for Trader Malaysia

Gobind Singh was elected to Parliament at the 2008 election, unseating the Barisan Nasional incumbent Lau Yeng Peng amid a significant swing to the opposition in Selangor. In 2009 he was suspended from Parliament for 12 months for calling the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, a "murderer" in a parliamentary debate and insulting the deputy speaker. He later won a legal challenge seeking to be paid his normal remuneration for his period of suspension.[4] He was re-elected to Parliament, with an increased margin, at the 2013 election, and also retained his seat at the 2018 election.

Following Pakatan Harapan's victory in the elections over the incumbent Barisan Nasional in 2018, Gobind Singh was appointed Minister of Communication and Multimedia, and was sworn in on 21 May 2018.[5] Gobind Singh is the first Malaysian Sikh be appointed to the Malaysian cabinet.[6][7][8]

As of GE 15 Gobind Singh gain a huge margin victory(142,875 Votes) against Lim Si Ching (Gerakan) ( 18,256 Votes) and Tan Gim Tuan (MCA) ( 13,806 Votes).

Appointment as Deputy Chairman[edit]

On 20 March 2022, on the 17th DAP National Congress, Gobind Singh was re-elected into the Central Executive Committee with 1782 votes, the highest vote.[9] He was then appointed as DAP's Deputy Chairman under Chairman Lim Guan Eng.[10]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P103 Puchong, Selangor Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 35,079 59.14% Lau Yeng Peng (Gerakan) 15,107 25.47% 59,317 19,972 78.44%
2013 Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 62,938 66.69% A. Kohilan Pillay (Gerakan) 30,136 31.93% 94,367 32,802 88.19%
2018 Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 60,429 72.66% Ang Chin Tat (Gerakan) 12,794 13.27% 96,437 47,635 87.47%
Mohamad Rosharizan Mohd Rozlan (PAS) 10,255 10.63%
2022 P106 Damansara, Selangor Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 142,875 81.67% Lim Si Ching (Gerakan) 18,256 10.44% 176,625 124,619 73.9%
Tan Gim Tuan (MCA) 13,806 7.89%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""There's no democracy in Parliament" - The Nut Graph". www.thenutgraph.com. 11 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Gobind: Malaysia's 1st Sikh minister". NST Online. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo & Co., Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Legal Directory". www.rcakl.org.my. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Federal Court orders Parliament to pay Gobind's salary". The Malaysian Insider. 3 November 2014. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Indian-origin Sikh man becomes Malaysia's first cabinet minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  8. ^ Maria Thomas (22 May 2018). "Malaysia has appointed its first Sikh minister: the "little lion of Puchong"". Quartz India.
  9. ^ "Gobind receives highest votes in DAP polls". The Star. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Anthony Loke is new DAP secretary-general; Lim Guan Eng made chairman". The Edge Markets. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  13. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  14. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  15. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  17. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  18. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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