May 24, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Kuala Lumpur: Gobind Singh Deo, a Sikh politician in Malaysia, has become a cabinet minister, the first member of the minority community in the country’s history to be appointed as a minister.
Deo, 45, has been given the communications and multimedia portfolio.
He represents 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 May 21 after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad included him in the new cabinet.
He was first elected as an MP in the 2008 general elections and 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 Punjabi community in the country has hailed the appointment of Gobind Singh Deo 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 was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.