Subramaniam Sathasivam

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In this Indian name, the name Sathasivam is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Subramaniam.
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Dr.
Subramaniam Sathasivam
Datuk Dr.S.Subramaniam.jpg
9th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress
Assumed office
25 June 2015
Preceded by Palanivel Govindasamy
Malaysian Minister of Health
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Liow Tiong Lai (MCA)
Malaysian Minister of Human Resources
In office
18 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
Preceded by Fong Chan Onn (MCA)
Succeeded by Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Segamat
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded by Subramaniam Sinniah
Majority 2,991
Personal details
Born Subramaniam s/o K. V. Sathasivam
(1953-04-01) 1 April 1953 (age 64)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Malaysian Indian Congress
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) S. Umarani
Alma mater University of Singapore
Occupation Politician
Profession Dermatologist
Religion Hinduism

Datuk Seri Dr. Subramaniam s/o. K. V. Sathasivam (Tamil: சுப்ரமணியம்; born 1 April 1953) is a Malaysian politician of Indian origin and the current Minister of Health in the Malaysian federal cabinet. He served as Deputy President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a major component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) until he was sacked by the party President.[1] He is the one of the two full Ministers representing the Malaysian Indian community.[2]

Dr Subra, as he is known to many, is a dermatologist by training.[3] He has been the Member of Parliament representing Segamat since 2004. He served as Parliament Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Local Government from 2004 till 2008. He was one of only three MIC candidates who managed to retain their parliamentary seats in the 2008 general elections.

Previously, he had been the parliamentary secretary to the Housing and Local Government Minister.

Ministerial career[edit]

In 2008 he was appointed Minister for Human Resources. He said his appointment would benefit low-income groups, especially Indians.[4] He also said issues related to Indians and employment was one of the reasons the MIC had been given the human resources portfolio in the Cabinet and he would seek solutions. He said:

The Prime Minister (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) is hopeful that issues related to unemployment, low numbers enrolled in skills' training institutes and the plight of estate workers among the Indian community can be effectively addressed through the ministry

He served as Human Resource Minister from 18 March 2008 until 5 May 2013.

After the 2013 election, he became the Minister for Health, nominating preventive health and public awareness of health issues as priorities.[5]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P140 Segamat, Johor[6]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Subramaniam Sathasivam (MIC) 17,953 63% Pang Hok Liong (DAP) 10,144 36%
2008 Subramaniam Sathasivam (MIC) 15,921 55% Pang Hok Liong (DAP) 12,930 44%
2013 Subramaniam Sathasivam (MIC) 20,037 51.6% Chua Jui Meng (PKR) 18,820 48.4%


  1. ^ MIC president suspends deputy, senior leaders, 16 Jun 2015, 16 Jun 2015
  2. ^ Subra gets down to work, The Star, 22 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Dermatologists". Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia. Dermatological Society of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Boost for Indian community, The Star, 19 March 2008.
  5. ^ "New Health Minister Subramaniam wants to focus on early detection and prevention of diseases". Bernama. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout, including votes for third parties.