Ramasamy Palanisamy

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Yang Berhormat Prof. Dr.
Ramasamy Palanisamy
இராமசாமி பழனிசாமி

MLA
Deputy Chief Minister 2 of Penang, Malaysia
Assumed office
2008
Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batu Kawan, Penang
In office
2008–2013
Preceded by Huan Cheng Guan (GerakanBN)
Succeeded by Kasthuriranni Patto (DAPPR)
Member of the Penang State Assembly
for Perai
Assumed office
2008
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 DAPPakatan Harapan
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 a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Batu Kawan constituency, and represents the seat of Perai in the Penang State Assembly. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and is a shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition 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, 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]

Year Parliamentary seat Votes Obtained Majority Ballots Cast Opponent Turnout
2008 P46 Batu Kawan, Penang won by 23,067 9,485 37,289 Koh Tsu Koon (Barisan NasionalGerakan) 79%
Year State assembly seat Votes Obtained Majority Ballots Cast Opponent Turnout
2008 N16 Perai, Penang State Assembly won by 7,668 5,176 10,651 Krishnan Letchumanan (Barisan NasionalMIC) 75%
2013 N16 Perai, Penang State Assembly won by 10,549 7,959 13,465 Krishnan Letchumanan (Barisan NasionalMIC) 83.90%

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