Historic moment. Gobind becomes first Sikh minister in Asia outside India

Another milestone for Sikhs in Malaysia

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Gobind Singh Deo, who was sworn in as a Malaysian federal government minister today (21 May 2018), made history as being the first Sikh minister for Malaysia.

But it does not stop there. The second generation politician, who hails from a family deeply involved in the nation’s politics, is also the first Sikh minister in Asia outside India.

In fact, the only other nations that have Sikhs as ministers at the national level are India and Canada.

India is the home base for the majority of the Sikh population, mostly in the state of Punjab. Canada is home to a large Sikh population.

Gobind now joins the ranks of Harjit Singh Sajjan from Canada and Hardeep Singh Puri from India.

Harjit is the famed Canadian defence minister under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Harjit has three other Sikhs colleague ministers: Navdeep Singh Bains, Amarjeet Singh Sohi and Bardish Kaur Jhagger.

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Hardeep, India’s former permanent representative of India to United Nations (UN) and now a retired ambassador, joined the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Cabinet reshuffle in September 2017.

The 65 year old retired diplomat had joined the Indian Foreign Services in 1974 and held ambassadorial level assignments in London and Brasilia.

Gobind, 45, took oath as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia under the new government led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

His fellow party man, M. Kulasegaran who took oath as the Human Resource Minister, also donned a turban for the swearing in ceremony at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

His father, the late Karpal Singh, is a household name in Malaysia, having struggled on the Opposition side of the Malaysian federal politics all his life. He died in a car accident in 2014.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Great moment for Malaysian Sikhs who were transported to Malaysia in ships from Calcutta, then so spelt, as a Govt Order from British Govt, and were made Police Inspectors to control Malay portion of land, Japanese having withdrawn defeated in WWII, and the mantle being on Sikhs to be the policing force for British rulers. Having worked in Malaysia for Hi Speed Rail Project, can understand the feeling of exhilaration that might have swept the land. Look fwd to augment any Project Development in Malaysia. May add, first Sikh Congressman was Dilip Singh Saund as far back as 1957 in LA, USA. Long live the traditions of Sikhs purity, uprightness, service for mankind, and equality for all with tolerance. Khalas Panth de Jai. Congrats Dato Gobind ji!!!

  2. Congrats Gobind Ji. Hail YB Karpal Singh the Lion of Malaysia. You carry his torch. We are certainly very very proud of you and you head not only the community but under your leadership we all the Sikhs will breathe a true Malaysian Spirit and walk tall with all the other fellow Malaysians. May Waheguru give hHs hands of Wisdom, His legs of Wise travels, His Mind of Kindness snd His Spirit to serve His mankind without any reservations. Our ever blessings and well wishes will be with you and your family as it has always been.

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