The Hush Post: In another first for the Sikh community, an Indian-origin Sikh politician Gobind Singh Deo has become Malaysia’s first cabinet minister from the minority community. This has happened first time in the history of Malaysia.
The 45-year-old Gobind Singh Deo has been given the portfolio of the communications and multimedia ministry. He is among the two politicians of Indian descent included in the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s cabinet, a report said.
The other Indian-origin lawmaker is M Kulasegaran from the Democratic Action Party, who has been given the portfolio of human resource ministry, the report said.
Gobind Singh Deo comes from Puchong constituency in the Malaysian Parliament and is the son of late Malaysian lawyer and politician Karpal Singh. He was sworn-in during a ceremony at the National Palace on Monday after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad inducted him in the new cabinet.
Gobind Singh Deo was first elected as an MP in the 2008 general elections. Deo was re-elected to the lower house, with an increased margin, in 2013 and he again won this year’s election with a margin of 47,635 votes, the report said.
Meanwhile, the Punjabi community in Malaysia has hailed the Gobind Singh Deo’s appointment as the minister.
“It is good to see Gobind Singh, a member of the Punjabi community in the cabinet. It is a proud and happy occasion for our community. Other than being a recognition of his abilities, it is also a recognition for the long-established Punjabi community in Malaysia,” Councillor Karambir Singh, who is the president of the Miri Indian Association, was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.
Malaysia has nearly 1,00,000 Sikh population, the report said.