P. Kamalanathan

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Yang Berhormat Dato'
P. Kamalanathan s/o. P. Panchanathan
Malaysian Deputy Minister of Education I
Assumed office
29 July 2015
Minister Mahdzir Khalid
Preceded by Mohd Puad Zarkashi
Malaysian Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning II
In office
16 May 2013 – 28 July 2015
Minister Idris Jusoh
Preceded by Mohd Puad Zarkashi (Education)
Saifuddin Abdullah (Higher Learning)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Hulu Selangor, Selangor
Assumed office
25 April 2010
Preceded by Zainal Abidin Ahmad (PKRPR)
Personal details
Born (1965-10-18) 18 October 1965 (age 51)
Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party MIC
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Datin Shobana Kamalanathan
Residence Taman Garing, Rawang, Malaysia
Occupation Politician
Profession Public relations practitioner
Religion Hinduism
Website www.ybpkamalanathan.com

Dato' Kamalanathan s/o. P. Panchanathan (born 18 October 1965) is the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Hulu Selangor and the Deputy Minister of Education. He is a member of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) in the governing Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[1]

Kamalanathan was elected to Parliament in April 2010 in a by-election after the death of the incumbent member Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad. The by-election saw the seat shift from Zainal's opposition People's Justice Party to the Barisan Nasional. The MIC had sought to field veteran politician Datuk G. Palanivel, but Barisan Nasional's leaders wanted a lesser-known candidate.[1]

On 16 May 2013, after the 13th general election, Kamalanathan was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning I under the new cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Razak[2]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[3][4]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Others Votes Pct Majority
2010 P94 Hulu Selangor, Selangor P. Kamalanathan (MIC) 24,997 51.79% Zaid Ibrahim (PKR) 23,272 48.21% 1,725
2013 P. Kamalanathan (MIC) 37,403 50.89% Khalid Jaafar (PKR) 33,989 46.25% Radzali Mokhtar (IND) 1,105 1.50% 3,414
Edmund Santhara (Ex-CEO of Masterskills) (IND) 999 1.36%