Gobind Singh Deo

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Gobind Singh Deo

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ
Minister of Communications and Multimedia
Assumed office
21 May 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyEddin Syazlee Shith
Preceded bySalleh Said Keruak
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Puchong, Selangor
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byLau Yeng Peng
Majority47,635 (2018)
32,802 (2013)
19,972 (2008)
Personal details
Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh

(1973-06-19) 19 June 1973 (age 45)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDAP
Spouse(s)Sangeeta Kaur Sidhu
RelationsJagdeep Singh Deo (brother)
Ramkarpal Singh (brother)
ParentsKarpal Singh
Gurmit Kaur
Alma materUniversity of Warwick (LLB)

Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh (Punjabi: ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ, translit. Gōbida sigha di'ō; born 19 June 1973) is a Malaysian politician, lawyer and currently serving as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He is dubbed the "little lion of Puchong".[1] He is the son of the DAP politician and lawyer Karpal Singh. His brothers, Ramkarpal Singh and Jagdeep Singh Deo, are also DAP politicians. He is the first Sikh in history to be appointed to the Cabinet of Malaysia. [2]

Political career[edit]

Gobind was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996, a year after returning from Lincoln's Inn. He was then 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.[3] 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 was appointed Minister of Communication and Multimedia, and was sworn in on 21 May 2018.[4] Gobind is the first Malaysian Sikh cabinet minister.[5][6][7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P103 Puchong, Selangor[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 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 62.66% Ang Chin Tat (Gerakan) 12,794 13.27% 96,437 47,635 87.47%
Mohamad Rosharizan Mohd Rozlan (PAS) 10,255 10.63%

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Gobind: Malaysia's 1st Sikh minister". NST Online. 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  5. ^ "Indian-origin Sikh man becomes Malaysia's first cabinet minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  6. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  7. ^ Maria Thomas (22 May 2018). "Malaysia has appointed its first Sikh minister: the "little lion of Puchong"". Quartz India.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  14. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.