Gobind Singh Is Now The First Sikh Federal Minister In Malaysian History

He was sworn in as the Communications and Multimedia Minister yesterday, 21 May.

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Prominent lawyer and Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo made history when he was sworn in as the Communications and Multimedia Minister last night, 21 May

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According to New Straits Times (NST), Gobind is now the first Sikh in Malaysia to hold a position as a federal minister. 

He was named in the full Cabinet list announced last Friday, 18 May. 

The son of the late Karpal Singh, Gobind was first elected as an MP after the 2008 general election

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Gobind, who is also DAP deputy chairman, holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Warwick University, Britain, and was admitted as Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn).

He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996 and continues the legacy of his father, former DAP veteran leader Karpal Singh.

His siblings, Ramkarpal Singh and Jagdeep Singh Deo are DAP politicians. 

Quoting Asia Samachar, NST also reported that the 45-year-old lawmaker is also the first Sikh minister in an Asian country other than India

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajian.

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It added that the only other countries with Sikh ministers at the federal level were India and Canada.

Congrats, Gobind!

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Speaking to reporters after the swearing-in session, Gobind promised to repeal the controversial Anti-Fake News Act as soon as possible:

Prior to being appointed as a federal minister, the lawyer and Puchong MP has amassed quite a reputation for himself:

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