Ramkarpal Singh

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Ramkarpal Singh

ਰਾਮਕਰ ਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bukit Gelugor, Penang
Assumed office
10 June 2014
Preceded byKarpal Singh (DAP)
Majority37,659 (2014), 55,951 (2018)
Personal details
Born
Ramkarpal Singh s/o Karpal Singh

(1976-04-09) April 9, 1976 (age 42)
Penang, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyDAP
RelationsJagdeep Singh Deo (brother)
Gobind Singh Deo (brother)
ParentsKarpal Singh
Gurmit Kaur
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionLawyer

Ramkarpal Singh s/o Karpal Singh (Punjabi: ਰਾਮਕਰ ਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ, translit. Rāmakara pāla sigha; born April 9, 1976) commonly referred to as Ramkarpal Singh, is a Malaysian politician and lawyer. He is currently the Member of Parliament of Malaysia for Bukit Gelugor constituency in Penang. Ramkarpal is a member of Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He is the son of the late Karpal Singh and brother of Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Penang state assemblyman for Datuk Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo.

Education[edit]

Ram was educated in Penang, first at St. Xavier's Institution and then Seri Inai School (now Tenby International School). He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Bristol in the UK and was called to the bar by Gray's Inn.

Politics[edit]

After the death of his father Karpal, Ram was elected as the member of Malaysian Parliament for Bukit Gelugor constituency.[1] He was the only Pakatan Rakyat's candidate for the Bukit Gelugor by-election, 2014.[2] He won the Bukit Gelugor by-election with 37,659 votes majority. He was sworn as Member of Parliament on 10 July 2014. He retained his Bukit Gelugor seat by an even larger 55,951-vote majority[3] in the 2018 General Elections, when his party, Pakatan Harapan, successfully defeated the incumbent Barisan Nasional to form the government.

Legal career[edit]

He was admitted to the Malaysian bar in 2000. Currently, he heads his late father's law firm in Pudu Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

Ramkarpal defended People's Justice Party leader Anwar Ibrahim in his second sodomy criminal charge in the High Court however his verdict was overturned by the Court of Appeal.[4]

Death of Karpal Singh[edit]

Ramkarpal was travelling with his father from his Pudu office to Penang when the accident happened.[5][6] According to Ram, his father was asleep before the fatal crash took place, claiming the life of Karpal and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius Selvam.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Bukit Gelugor[8][9][10]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2014 Ramkarpal Singh Karpal Singh (DAP) 41,242 89.95% Huan Cheng Guan (PCM) 3,583 7.81% 46,438 37,659 56.34%
Mohd Nabi Bux Mohd Nabi Abdul Sathar (IND) 799 1.74%
Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zan (IND) 225 0.49%
2018 Ramkarpal Singh Karpal Singh (DAP) 65,622 86.68% Low Joo Hiap (MCA) 9,671 12.77% 76,489 55,951 83.51%
Lai Xue Ching (MUP) 412 0.54%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DAP's Ramkarpal Singh wins". Channel News Asia. 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Karpal's cub pledges to fight on in fathers footsteps". The Malaysian Insider. 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Results of the Malaysian general election, 2018 by parliamentary constituency". Wikipedia. 2018-05-23.
  4. ^ "Anwar sodomy appeal: Court hears of third DNA profile found in Saiful's anus". The Star Online. 7 May 2014.
  5. ^ Karpal Singh maut kemalangan Utusan Online. 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "The third cub roars, Ramkarpal ready to conquer Tiger of Jelutong's den". The Star Online. The Star. 11 May 2014.
  7. ^ "My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh". MSN News. The Malaysian Insider. 23 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  9. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.