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Meet Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia's first ever Sikh cabinet minister

Deo represents Puchong constituency in the Malaysian Parliament and is the son of late Malaysian lawyer and politician Karpal Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

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Gobind Singh Deo becomes cabinet minister in Malaysia. (Photo:@HardeepSPuri)

Gobind Singh Deo, an Indian-origin Sikh politician in Malaysia, has become a cabinet minister, the first member of the in the country's history to be appointed as a minister.

Deo, 45, who has been given the communications and multimedia portfolio, is among the two politicians of Indian descent included in the coalition's Cabinet.

The other Indian-origin lawmaker is from the Democratic Action Party, who has been made the human resource minister.

Deo represents in the and is the son of late Malaysian lawyer and politician Karpal Singh. He was sworn in during a ceremony at the National Palace yesterday after included him in the new cabinet.

He 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 in the country has hailed the appointment of Deo as the minister.

"It is good to see Gobind Singh, a member of the 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 in Malaysia, Miri Indian Association president, Councillor Karambir Singh was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.

Malaysia has nearly 1,00,000 Sikh population.

First Published: Tue, May 22 2018. 11:49 IST