Vigneswaran Sanasee

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Vigneswaran Sanasee
ச. விக்னேஸ்வரன்
President of the Dewan Negara
Assumed office
26 April 2016
Preceded byAbu Zahar Ujang
10th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
Assumed office
14 July 2018
Preceded bySubramaniam Sathasivam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kota Raja
In office
Preceded byNew constituency created.
Succeeded bySiti Mariah Mahmud (PAS-PR)
Personal details
Vigneswaran s/o Sanasee

1965 (age 53–54)
Klang, Malaysia
Political partyBNMIC
Spouse(s)Susita Periasamy
Alma materStaffordshire University
University of Malaya

Tan Sri Vigneswaran s/o Sanasee (Tamil: ச. விக்னேஸ்வரன், translit. Ca. Vikṉēsvaraṉ; born 1965) is a Malaysian politician. He is currently the tenth President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a major component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[1][2] He is also the incumbent President of the Dewan Negara, or Senate, of Malaysia. He was appointed as a Senator on 23 June 2014 for a three-year term.[3] He took the office of the President of the Senate on 26 April 2016.[4]

Vigneswaran is the son of the late Sanyasi, JP, a former MIC parliament member in the 1980s. His cousin, Sellathevan, is a former MIC Youth leader and a Member of Parliament in 90’s. His family has business interests in the Port Klang area.

Vigneswaran contested and won the 2004 general election to become Member of Parliament for Kota Raja parliamentary seat from 2004 to 2008. He lost and failed to retain the seat in the 2008 general election.[5]


Vigneswaran was alleged to have violated the dress code by wearing sandals and to have breached the security regulations by encroaching into the VIP lobby area before heading to the departure gates to send off his daughter to Britain without going through proper security check and without a security pass at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 14 November 2018. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook had showed a CCTV footage of the incident and told Vigneswaran to apologise for it during a press conference on 17 November 2018.[6] Vigneswaran denies he breached KLIA security protocols and claims that he wore sandals as he had wound on his foot.[7] Police will investigate the incident as the airport management had filed a police report.[8]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P111 Kota Raja, Selangor[5][9][10]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC) 24,376 55.24% Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS) 16,137 36.57% 44,758 8,239 76.67%
Krisnasamy Thevarayan (IND) 3,608 8.18%
2008 Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC) 17,879 31.64% Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS) 38,630 68.36% 57,323 20,751 79.74%


Honour of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "Vigneswaran is new MIC president - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  2. ^ "Vigneswaran becomes MIC president uncontested". Free Malaysia Today. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  3. ^ "Ahli Parlimen". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ "MIC VP Vigneswaran New Senate President". BERNAMA. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  6. ^ Rahimy Rahim (17 November 2018). "Dewan Negara president told to apologise over alleged security breach at airport VIP lane". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ Rahimy Rahim (17 November 2018). "Vigneswaran denies he breached KLIA security protocol by wearing sandals in VIP area". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Cops to probe MIC chief's 'sandal' incident at KLIA". Bernama. Free Malaysia Today. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
Political offices
Preceded by
Subramaniam Sathasivam
Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President
14 July 2018 - Incumbent
Succeeded by