Saravanan Murugan

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Saravanan Murugan

முருகன் சரவணன்
Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.jpg
Minister of Human Resources
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyAwang Solahudin Hashim
Preceded byM. Kulasegaran
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterKhairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Preceded byRazali Ibrahim
Gan Ping Sieu
Succeeded bySteven Sim Chee Keong
Deputy Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing
(Deputy Minister of Federal Territories : 19 March 2008 – 9 April 2009)
In office
19 March 2008 – 15 May 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
MinisterZulhasnan Rafique (2008–2009)
Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin (2009–2013)
Preceded byAbu Seman Yusop
Succeeded byLoga Bala Mohan Jaganathan (Federal Territories)
Halimah Mohamed Sadique (Urban Wellbeing)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tapah
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byVeerasingam Suppiah (MICBN)
Majority3,020 (2008)
7,927 (2013)
614 (2018)
Personal details
Saravanan s/o Murugan

(1968-02-04) 4 February 1968 (age 52)
Selangor, Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Spouse(s)Kavitha Vivekanandan[1]

Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan (Tamil: முருகன் சரவணன், romanized: Murukaṉ Caravaṇaṉ; born 4 February 1968) commonly referred to as M. Saravanan (Tamil: மு. சரவணன், romanized: Mu. Caravaṇaṉ), is the member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Tapah constituency in Perak. He is a member of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and is the current Minister of Human Resources in the Perikatan Nasional coalition government of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.[2]

Saravanan began his political career in 1994 as a Secretary in MIC for the district of Titiwangsa. Prior to his active participation in Malaysian politics, Saravanan has worked several jobs as an office clerk, a member of the Malaysian police force Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), and a Marketing Executive. He possesses a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hammersmith & West London College in England.

Saravanan was a Senator prior to his election to the Dewan Rakyat (the lower house of Malaysia's Parliament). In the 2008 General Election, he contested for the seat of Tapah and won, defeating a candidate from the People's Justice Party (PKR). However, the MIC suffered widespread losses at the election, which left Saravanan as one of only three MIC members in the Dewan Rakyat. Despite his party's reduced presence in Parliament and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, Saravanan was appointed as a Deputy Minister from 2008 until 2013.

As an active member of MIC, Saravanan has greatly contributed to the Malaysian Indian community.

Early life[edit]

Saravanan's family originated from North Arcot district of Tamil Nadu. Born and raised in a family with simple beginnings in Jalan Raja Muda, Kuala Lumpur, Saravanan was the only child of a rubber tapper and a housewife. Despite his family's financial struggles, Saravanan's parents ensured that he had completed his education to secure his future.

Childhood education[edit]

Between 1975 and 1980, Saravanan attended Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Jalan Fletcher[citation needed] in Kuala Lumpur. There, he was appointed as the Head Prefect, which sparked his interest and skills in leadership. As an active and bright child, Saravanan developed a passion for public speaking and won a public speaking competition at National level when he was merely 10 years old.

Saravanan attended Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Temerloh,[citation needed] Kuala Lumpur from 1981 until 1986, where he continued to actively participate in extracurricular activities and once again appointed as a Prefect and the President of Indian Youth Club.

Youth and higher education[edit]

Right after Saravanan completed his secondary school education, his father passed away, which left him as the head of the family at a young age. He was then responsible for supporting his family, which prompted him to work during the day and study during the night. The former Secretary-General of MIC, DP Vijendran,[citation needed] helped Saravanan to land a job as an office clerk at Maika Holdings[3] while pursuing his studies at Kolej TLMC, which managed a number of courses from Swansea Institute of Higher Education[4] (University of Wales[5]).

Saravanan joined the Malaysian police force, Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)[6] in 1989 and was stationed in Dang Wangi Police Station, Kuala Lumpur. In 1993, he furthered his studied in Hammersmith & West London College, England and was awarded a Diploma in Business and Management as well as a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Upon his return to Malaysia, Saravanan commenced his post as a Marketing Executive at Easy Call Pagers.[7] It was then when his interest in Malaysian politics peaked.

Political career[edit]

Saravanan was elected as Secretary in MIC for the district of Titiwangsa in 1994. Then, in 1997 he was appointed as the Secretary in MIC Federal Territory by Datuk Seri Samy Vellu, the former President of MIC Federal Territory. During his post as the Secretary of MIC Federal Territory, Saravanan also held the positions of Secretary of Pemuda MIC Nasional and Leader of MIC for the district of Titiwangsa.

In 2004, the President of MIC nominated Saravanan as Senator, which allowed him to serve two terms in Dewan Negara. During those terms, Saravanan has gained audience at international level from countries such as Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, France, and the United Nations in New York.

Saravanan was elected as a member of Majlis Tertinggi MIC in 2003 and then again in 2006, which encouraged Datuk Seri Samy Vellu to elect him as MIC Information Chief and Federal Territory MIC Communications Director.

In the 12th General Election in 2008, Saravanan contested for a Parliament seat for Tapah[8] and won against a candidate from People's Justice Party (PKR). Under the Barisan Nasional coalition and then-Prime Minister, Tun Dato' Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, Saravanan was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Federal Territories[9] and Urban Wellbeing from 2008 until 2013. In the 13th General Election, Saravanan also won a seat in the Parliament and was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports[10] from 2013 until 2018. In 2020, Saravanan was appointed as the Minister of Human Resource[11] under the new government coalition, Perikatan Nasional, and Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato' Muhyiddin Yassin.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P72 Tapah, Perak[12][13][14][15]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 M. Saravanan (MIC) 14,084 52.53% Tan Seng Toh (PKR) 11,064 41.27% 26,811 3,020 70.12%
2013 M. Saravanan (MIC) 20,670 55.91% K. Vasantha Kumar (PKR) 12,743 34.48% 36,957 7,927 81.30%
Shaharuzzaman Bistamam (BERJASA) 2,053 5.56%
Ridzuan Bani (IND) 337 0.91%
2018 M. Saravanan (MIC) 16,086 44.47% Mohd Azni Mohd Ali (PPBM) 15,472 42.77% 37,113 614 78.75%
Norazli Musa (PAS) 4,615 12.76%



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  2. ^ "M. Saravanan, Y.B. Datuk" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
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  4. ^ "University of Wales Trinity Saint David".
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  10. ^ "Deputy minister: Make sports part of qualification for place in public universities | Malay Mail". The Malay Mail.
  11. ^ "Cabinet: M. Saravanan appointed Human Resources Minister". Bernama. 3 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 11 July 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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  14. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 6 January 2010..
  15. ^ "2013 Malaysia General Election NEGERI PERAK P72 Tapah". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 5 May 2013. Results only available for the 2013 election.
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