Ramasamy Palanisamy

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Yang Berhormat Prof. Dr.
Ramasamy Palanisamy
இராமசாமி பழனிசாமி

Deputy Chief Minister 2 of Penang, Malaysia
Assumed office
Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batu Kawan, Penang
In office
Preceded by Huan Cheng Guan (GerakanBN)
Succeeded by Kasthuriraani Patto (DAPPR)
Member of the Penang State Assembly
for Perai
Assumed office
Preceded by Rajapathy Kuppusamy (MICBN
Deputy Secretary General (Democratic Action Party)
Personal details
Born P. Ramasamy s/o Palanisamy
(1949-05-10) 10 May 1949 (age 68)
Sitiawan, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Democratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Residence Penang
Alma mater Indiana University
McGill University
University of Malaya
Occupation Politician
Website www.pramasamy.com

P. Ramasamy s/o Palanisamy (Tamil: இராமசாமி பழனிசாமி; born 10 May 1949) is a Malaysian politician who is currently the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of Penang. He is also the former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Batu Kawan constituency (2008-2013), and currently represents the seat of Perai in the Penang State Legislative Assembly since 2008. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) a component party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Ramasamy was elected to the Malaysian Parliament and Penang State Assembly in the 2008 election, defeating former Penang Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon.[1] He became Deputy Chief Minister of Penang after the election, serving under the new Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, making him the first person of Indian origin to hold the post of deputy chief minister in any Malaysian state.[2]

Before entering politics, Ramasamy was a Professor at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), from which he officially retired in May 2005. He later took up teaching positions in Germany and Singapore.[2]

In April 2015, he called the Salafi Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, " Satan", and accused him of making speeches "designed to promote hatred of other faiths." His office in the Malaysian state of Penang was subsequently bombed with a petrol explosive.[3][4]

An exhibition titled, "The Rise of Digital India" showcasing the rise of India as an Information Technology Superpower was curated by Narayan Ramdas Iyer working for the National Council of Science Museums, India and taken to several destinations in Indonesia and Malaysia in the early part of 2015. Seen here is the Curator with the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Ramasamy Palanisamy with the exhibition in the background.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[5][6]
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P46 Batu Kawan, Penang P. Ramasamy (DAP) 23,067 62.94% Koh Tsu Koon (Gerakan) 13,582 37.06% 37,292 9,485 78.71%
Penang State Legislative Assembly[5][6][7]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 N16 Perai, P46 Batu Kawan, Penang P. Ramasamy (DAP) 7,668 71.99% Krishnan Letchumanan (MIC) 2,590 24.32% 10,651 5,176 75.14%
Ulaganathan a/l K.A.P Ramasamy (IND) 311 2.92%
2013 P. Ramasamy (DAP) 10,549 78.29% Krishnan Letchumanan (MIC) 2,590 19.22% 13,474 7,959 83.90%
Muhammad Ridhwan bin Sulaiman (IND) 184 1.37%


  1. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Kuppusamy, Baradan (20 March 2008). "Dr P. Ramasamy – from critic to Penang No. 2". The Star. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Hindustan Times: "Malaysia leader Ramasamy’s office attacked for comment on Zakir Naik as ‘Satan’" April 12, 2016
  4. ^ News Pakistan: "Malaysian politician calls Zakir Naik ‘Satan’; Faces repercussions" By Fatima Arshad April 12, 2016
  5. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 5 May 2014.  Results only available from the 2004 election.
  7. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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