Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj

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Yang Berhormat Dr.
Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sungai Siput, Perak
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded by Samy Vellu
Personal details
Born (1955-03-28) March 28, 1955 (age 62)
Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Socialist Party of Malaysia
Occupation Politician
Profession Medical doctor

Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (born 28 March 1955) is a Malaysian politician who has served in the Parliament of Malaysia as Member of Parliament for the Sungai Siput constituency in Perak since 2008.[1]

Jeyakumar is a member of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) but was elected to Parliament on the ticket of the People's Justice Party in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.[2] His win in the 2008 general election unseated the long-serving President of the Malaysian Indian Congress, Samy Vellu.[3] Vellu who had defeated Jeyakumar in Sungai Siput in the 1999 and 2004 general elections.[2] Jeyakumar successfully retained his seat in the 2013 general election.[4]

Detention under Emergency Ordinance[edit]

In the run-up to Bersih 2.0 rally for electoral reform in Malaysia, Jeyakumar and other PSM members were arrested in June 2011, accused of trying to wage war against the king and revive Communism. In July 2011, he was arrested under the Emergency Ordinance (EO), which allows for indefinite detention without trial. He remained in solitary confinement until July 2011, spending a total of 28 days in detention. Jeyakumar credits his release to the support of the people.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jeyakumar also practices as a medical doctor.[6]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P62 Sungai Siput, Perak[7][4]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Other Votes Pct
1999 Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (DAP) 12,221 39% Samy Vellu (MIC) 17,480 56% Mohd Asri (MDP) 565 2%
2004 Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR) 8,680 28% Samy Vellu (MIC) 19,029 60% Shanmugam Ponmugam Ponnan (DAP) 2,890 9%
2008 Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR) 16,458 50% Samy Vellu (MIC) 14,637 44% Nor Rizan Bin Oon (IND) 867 3%
2013 Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR) 21,593 52% Devamany S. Krishnasamy (MIC) 18,800 45% Nagalingam A/L Singaravelloo (IND) 197 1%


  1. ^ "Micheal Jeyakumar Devaraj, Y.B. Dr." (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Looi, Elizabeth (2 December 2008). "Sungai Siput is a PKR seat". The Nut Graph. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Not so happy birthday for Samy". The Star. Star Publications. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "2013 Malaysia General Election NEGERI PERAK P62 Sungai Siput". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 5 May 2013.  Results only available for the 2013 election.
  5. ^ "Jeyakumar: Detention was horrible". Free Malaysia Today. 11 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Taste for reggae". The Star. Star Publications. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.