Jagdeep Singh Deo

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Jagdeep Singh Deo

ਜਗਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ
Portrait of Jagdeep Singh Deo.jpg
Penang State Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government, and Urban and Country Planning
Assumed office
16 May 2018
Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly
for Datok Keramat
Assumed office
Preceded byOng Thean Lye (Gerakan)
Personal details
Jagdeep Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh

(1971-05-03) 3 May 1971 (age 47)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (Pakatan Harapan)
RelationsGobind Singh Deo (brother)
Ramkarpal Singh (brother)
ParentsKarpal Singh
Gurmit Kaur

Jagdeep Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh (Punjabi: ਜਗਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ, translit. Jagadīpa sigha di'ō; born 3 May 1971) is a Malaysian politician, lawyer and a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), which forms part of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He currently serves in the Penang state government as the Executive Councillor for the portfolios of local government, housing, and urban and rural planning, as well as the elected State Assemblyman for the Datok Keramat constituency.

Jagdeep is the eldest son of Karpal Singh (1940 – 2014), who formerly gained fame as the 'Tiger of Jelutong' during his tenure as the Member of Parliament for Jelutong. Jagdeep's siblings include Gobind Singh Deo and Ramkarpal Singh, both of whom are also serving as elected Members of the federal Parliament.

Political career[edit]

Jagdeep joined the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in 1994, following in the footsteps of his father, Karpal Singh.[1] According to Jagdeep, although his father had by then established himself as a prominent DAP politician and lawyer, he was never pressured into entering the political scene, and that "it was his personal decision" to follow in his father's footsteps.

Jagdeep's first foray into politics was the 1999 Penang state election, during which he contested the Bukit Gelugor state constituency.[1] However, he garnered only 38% of the popular vote and was defeated by Koay Kar Huah of the then ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[2]

In the 2008 Penang state election, Jagdeep wrested the state constituency of Datok Keramat from BN, defeating BN's incumbent Ong Thean Lye.[3] The Pakatan Rakyat (now Pakatan Harapan) coalition, which at the time consisted of the DAP, the People's Justice Party (PKR) and the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), was voted into power within Penang, overthrowing the state's BN government.

Jagdeep successfully defended the Datok Keramat state constituency in the 2013 Penang state election with an increased majority.[4] He was subsequently appointed as an Executive Councillor in the Penang state government by the then Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng. Jagdeep's portfolios included the state's committees of housing, and urban and country planning.[5]

In the 2018 Penang state election, Jagdeep once again emerged victorious in the Datok Keramat state constituency, further increasing his majority in the process, despite facing a five-cornered tussle for the seat.[6] Following his success, his portfolios were expanded to include Penang's local government committee.[7]

Executive Councillor[edit]

Jagdeep's tenure as a member of the Penang State Executive Council has been notable for his aggressive drive towards increasing the supply of affordable public housing within the State of Penang. Prior to the 2018 Penang state election, 25,555 units of low- and medium-cost housing had been completed in the state, approximately five times greater than the amount built by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration between 1999 and 2007.[8] In addition to the completed units, nearly 50,000 more houses were being constructed within Penang. Jagdeep often contrasted his performance with the perceived refusal by the then BN-led federal government to build affordable housing units in the state, stating that the federal authorities had "failed to physically complete even one PR1MA affordable housing unit under their affordable housing scheme in Penang".[8][9] He also put in place stringent conditions for prospective home buyers, requiring, for instance, that the applicants of government-built affordable housing units within Penang should be registered voters within the state.[10]

Among Jagdeep's other initiatives are the construction of dormitories for foreign workers within Penang and flood mitigation projects within his constituency.[1][11] The former, in particular, was mooted to resolve the issue of the uptake of housing units within the state by ineligible foreigners.[12]

Election results[edit]

Penang State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout Note
1999 Bukit Gelugor Koay Kar Huah (MCA) 10,598 61.69% Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) 6,581 38.31% 17,179 4,017 73.10% [2]
2008 Datok Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) 7,995 59.14% Ong Thean Lye (Gerakan) 6,140 25.47% 19,588 1,855 73.73% [3]
2013 Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) 11,720 66.69% Ong Thean Lye (Gerakan) 6,700 31.93% 18,964 5,020 85.20% [13]
2018 Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP) 13,712 75.30% Lee Boon Ten (Gerakan) 4,151 22.80% 18,504 9,561 81.80% [6]
Nicholas Diane Morgan (PFP) 18 0.10%
Lim Boo Chang (MUP) 194 1.10%
Muhammad Majnun Abdul Wahab (IND) 146 0.80%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "N29 – Datuk Keramat". DAP 4 Change. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  2. ^ a b "Malaysia Election Results, 1999/Pilihan Raya Umum Malaysia 1999/1999马来西亚全国大选成绩 - Malaysian Election Data". Malaysia Political Podium. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  3. ^ a b "Malaysia Election Results, 2008/Pilihan Raya Umum Malaysia 2008/2008马来西亚全国大选成绩 - Malaysian Election Data". Malaysia Political Podium. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  4. ^ "Malaysia Election Results, 2013/Pilihan Raya Umum Malaysia 2013/2013马来西亚全国大选成绩 - Malaysian Election Data". Malaysia Political Podium. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  5. ^ "A 'fresh' Penang exco line-up - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  6. ^ a b "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Five new faces in Penang exco line-up - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  8. ^ a b "Jagdeep denies Penang not fulfilling housing promises". Free Malaysia Today. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  9. ^ "Build the 9,999 housing units first before promising another 65,000, Pakatan tells BN | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  10. ^ "'Odd conditions' ensure low-cost homes only for eligible, says Jagdeep | The Malaysian Insight". www.themalaysianinsight.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  11. ^ "Amend law to prevent rental of low-cost homes to foreigners, says housing exco | The Malaysian Insight". www.themalaysianinsight.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  12. ^ "Penang foreign workers' dorms to be prioritised: Jagdeep". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  13. ^ "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.

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