Karupaiya Mutusami

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Karupaiya Muthusami
கருப்பையா முத்துசாமி
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Padang Serai
In office
9 May 2018 – 16 November 2022
Preceded bySurendran Nagarajan
Succeeded byAzman Nasrudin
Majority8,813 (2018)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2022Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Karupaiya s/o Muthusami

1953 (1953)
Padang Serai, Kedah, Federation of Malaya
Died (aged 69)
Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)

Karupaiya s/o Muthusami (Tamil: கருப்பையா முத்துசாமி, romanized: Karuppaiyā muttucāmi, 1953 – 16 November 2022) was a Malaysian politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Padang Serai from May 2018 to his death in November 2022.[1] He was a member and Division Chief of Padang Serai of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition. He was also patron of both the Malaysian Indian Armed Forces (PERIM) and the Former Malaysian Armed Forces as well as member of the board of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) of the Bukit Mertajam Tamil School.[2][3]

Personal life and death[edit]

On 16 November 2022, Karupaiya died from a heart attack while campaigning for the 2022 general election. He was seeking the second term as the Padang Serai MP by contesting in the election representing PH and PKR after serving the first from 2018 to his death in 2022 for four years.[4] Later the same day, the Election Commission (EC) offered its condolences to his family while informing that the EC would hold a special meeting two days later on 18 November 2022, which was also a day prior to the election to decide on the dates of the Padang Serai election. He explained that the EC had received an Election Writ by the Managing Officer in Padang Serai over the death of Karupaiya.[5]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P017 Padang Serai, Kedah Karupaiya Muthusami (PKR) 31,724 45.27% Muhammad Sobri Osman (PAS) 22,911 32.69% 71,157 8,813 83.88%
Leong Yong Kong (MCA) 15,449 22.04%


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  2. ^ "PKR drops Surendran from Padang Serai".
  3. ^ "Harapan's Padang Serai candidate dies". Malaysiakini. 16 November 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  4. ^ "[UPDATED] GE15: Padang Serai candidate M. Karupaiya dies". The Vibes. 16 November 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  5. ^ "GE15: EC to discuss dates of Padang Serai election on Nov 18 following death of M. Karupaiya". The Star. 16 November 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  7. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  8. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.