M. Kulasegaran

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M. Kula Segaran

மு.குலசேகரன்
Minister of Human Resources
Assumed office
21 May 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyMahfuz Omar
Preceded byRichard Riot Jaem
ConstituencyIpoh Barat
Member of Parliament
for Ipoh Barat, Perak
Assumed office
2004
Preceded byHo Cheong Sing (MCA-BN)
Majority45,724 (2018)
29,038 (2013)
15,534 (2008)
598 (2004)
Member of Parliament
for Teluk Intan, Perak
In office
1997–1999
Preceded byOng Tin Kim
Succeeded byMah Siew Keong
Majority2,916 (1997)
Personal details
Born
M. Kula Segaran s/o V. Murugeson

(1957-08-10) 10 August 1957 (age 61)
Sitiawan, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyDAP
Spouse(s)Jayalachimi Kanapathy
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBarrister
Websiteipohbaratvoice.blogspot.com

M. Kula Segaran s/o V. Murugeson (Tamil: மு.குலசேகரன், translit. Mu.Kulacēkaraṉ; born 10 August 1957), commonly referred to as Kula, is a Malaysian politician, barrister and currently serving as the Minister of Human Resources. He is the National Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), he also served as the Member of Parliament for Ipoh Barat, Perak.[1][2]. Kula Segaran is an ethnic Tamil and has voiced many issues affecting the Malaysian Indian community[3]. He sparked interest on social media for wearing thallapa during swearing-in ceremony as cabinet minister[4].

Personal life[edit]

M. Kulasegaran was born to a rubber tapper father in an estate in Sitiawan, Perak.[5] Growing up, he and his brother had to look after cows, goats and also clean up the containers used to gather latex after school.[5] In 1982, he was admitted as Barrister-at-Law at Lincoln’s Inn in London.[5]

Political career[edit]

Kula Segaran, a barrister, was first elected to Parliament in a 1997 by-election for the seat of Teluk Intan. He shifted to the seat of Ipoh Barat at the 1999 general election, but lost. He recontested the seat in the 2004 election, and this time won by a narrow margin. He was re-elected by wider margins in subsequent 2008 election, 2013 election and 2018 election.[6].

Indian Right[edit]

Kula Segaran is an ethnic Tamil and has voiced many issues affecting the Malaysian Indian community. He has claimed that "Indians are treated like third-class citizens"[7] and criticised the demolition of Hindu temples.[8] He also debates many issues affecting Tamils in Sri Lanka.[9]

Minister of Human Resource[edit]

After the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (of which the DAP is part of) emerged victorious at the 2018 Malaysian general election by forming the Federal Government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced M.Kulasegaran's appointment as the Minister of Human Resource. He succeeds Richard Riot Jaem .

Controversy[edit]

In 2007, Kula Segaran was suspended from Parliament for four days for disobeying the Deputy Speaker,[10] and in 2008 he was called a "bastard" and a "blood bastard" by a government politician whom he accused of being "hated" by Indian constituents.[11]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[12][13][14][15]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1997 P73 Telok Intan, Perak. M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 15,007 55% Chee See Choke (Gerakan) 12,091 45% 27,639 2,916 53.67%
1999 P62 Ipoh Barat, Perak. M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 21,477 45.84% Ho Cheong Sing (MCA) 25,155 53.70% 48,696 3,678 68.24%
Jaga N. Nathan (MDP) 215 0.46%
2004 P65 Ipoh Barat, Perak. M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 22,935 50.66% Ho Cheong Sing (MCA) 22,337 49.34% 46,768 598 68.38%
2008 M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 32,576 65.65% Yik Phooi Hong (MCA) 17,042 34.35% 50,641 15,534 72.58%
2013 M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 45,420 73.21% Cheng Wei Yee (MCA) 16,382 26.41% 63,074 29,038 81.11%
Kalwant Singh Sujan Singh (IND) 235 0.38%
2018 M. Kulasegaran (DAP) 55,613 83.78% Cheng Wei Yee (MCA) 9,889 16.22% 66,380 45,724 78.21%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "M. Kula Segaran, Y.B. Tuan" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. ^ "DAP: Leadership". Democratic Action Party. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Malaysian police break up rally". BBC News. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/371994/why-did-kulasegaran-wear-turban-cabinet-swearing-ceremony
  5. ^ a b c Ivan Loh (10 June 2018). "From the rubber estate to Putrajaya". The Star Online. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. ^ "MP's law firm burgled". The Star (Malaysia). 31 March 2004. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Malaysian police break up rally". BBC News. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Motion on temple rejected". The Star (Malaysia). 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Malaysia reluctantly to mediate between LTTE and government of Sri Lanka". Tamil Canadian. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  10. ^ "4-day suspension for MP Kulasegaran". The Star (Malaysia). 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Tajuddin uses 'b*****d' on Kulasegaran". Asia One. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 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. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  15. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.