Gobind Singh Deo

Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh (Punjabi: ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ, romanized: Gōbida sigha di'ō; born 19 June 1973) is a Malaysian politician and lawyer who formerly served as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, under the Pakatan Harapan government. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

Gobind Singh Deo

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਓ
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Minister of Communications and Multimedia
In office
21 May 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyEddin Syazlee Shith
Preceded bySalleh Said Keruak
Succeeded bySaifuddin Abdullah
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Puchong, Selangor
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byLau Yeng Peng (GerakanBN)
Majority47,635 (2018)
32,802 (2013)
19,972 (2008)
Personal details
Gobind Singh Deo s/o Karpal Singh

(1973-06-19) 19 June 1973 (age 47)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (Malaysia) (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Spouse(s)Sangeeta Kaur Sidhu
RelationsJagdeep Singh Deo (brother)
Ramkarpal Singh (brother)
ParentsKarpal Singh
Gurmit Kaur
Alma materUniversity of Warwick (LLB)
OccupationPolitician, lawyer

Dubbed the "little lion of Puchong",[1] Gobind Singh is the son of the former DAP National Chairman and lawyer Karpal Singh, who was known as the "Tiger of Jelutong". His brothers, Ramkarpal Singh and Jagdeep Singh Deo, are also DAP politicians. He is the first Malaysian Sikh to serve on the Cabinet of Malaysia.[2]

Political careerEdit

Gobind was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996, a year after returning from Lincoln's Inn. He was then elected to Parliament at the 2008 election, unseating the Barisan Nasional incumbent Lau Yeng Peng amid a significant swing to the opposition in Selangor. In 2009 he was suspended from Parliament for 12 months for calling the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, a "murderer" in a parliamentary debate and insulting the deputy speaker. He later won a legal challenge seeking to be paid his normal remuneration for his period of suspension.[3] He was re-elected to Parliament, with an increased margin, at the 2013 election, and also retained his seat at the 2018 election.

Following Pakatan Harapan's victory in the elections over the incumbent Barisan Nasional in 2018, Gobind was appointed Minister of Communication and Multimedia, and was sworn in on 21 May 2018.[4] Gobind is the first Malaysian Sikh be appointed to the Malaysian cabinet.[5][6][7]


Recently, Gobind planned and initiated a new commission for startups.[8][9]

Special / Guest AppearanceEdit

Honorable Minister YB Gobind Singh has been featuring himself in various events that relates his portfolio throughout his career. Some of his notable events after winning the 2018 elections are the PJ Startup Festival 2019.[10][11][12][13]

YB Gobind Singh Signing Plaque for Trader Malaysia
YB Gobind Singh listening to a presentation


Gobind by profession is a law practitioner and found his law firm Gobind Singh Deo & Co.[14] based in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. The firm is operated together with his members lawyers.

Public Social AccountsEdit

Gobind Singh has been using the social media accounts to communicate with the public and to announce his activities. His Facebook profile contains latest updates on his photos of the events that he attends and continues to share his thoughts on his twitter handle. His website also publishes the news and press release statements.[15]

Below is the URLS to his social accounts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GobindSinghDeo

Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/gobindsinghdeo

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gobindsinghdeopage/

Website: https://gobindsinghdeo.com/

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia: P103 Puchong, Selangor[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 35,079 59.14% Lau Yeng Peng (Gerakan) 15,107 25.47% 59,317 19,972 78.44%
2013 Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 62,938 66.69% A. Kohilan Pillay (Gerakan) 30,136 31.93% 94,367 32,802 88.19%
2018 Gobind Singh Deo (DAP) 60,429 62.66% Ang Chin Tat (Gerakan) 12,794 13.27% 96,437 47,635 87.47%
Mohamad Rosharizan Mohd Rozlan (PAS) 10,255 10.63%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ""There's no democracy in Parliament" - The Nut Graph". www.thenutgraph.com.
  2. ^ "Gobind: Malaysia's 1st Sikh minister". NST Online. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Federal Court orders Parliament to pay Gobind's salary". The Malaysian Insider. 3 November 2014. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Indian-origin Sikh man becomes Malaysia's first cabinet minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo is Malaysia's first Sikh minister". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  7. ^ Maria Thomas (22 May 2018). "Malaysia has appointed its first Sikh minister: the "little lion of Puchong"". Quartz India.
  8. ^ Rosli, Jamny. "Communications Ministry to form new commission for startups | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  9. ^ Chu, Mei Mei (30 September 2018). "New start-ups and venture capital commission in the works - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ Ismail, Shafiqah (19 February 2019). "The second PJ Startup Festival is happening this February 2019". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  11. ^ "PJ Startup Festival a Blast | SITEC". www.sitec.com.my. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^ www.nst.com.my https://www.nst.com.my/news/government-public-policy/2019/02/462977/digital-economy-policy-being-formulated-gobind. Retrieved 8 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia, KKMM". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Gobind Singh Deo & Co., Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Legal Directory". www.rcakl.org.my. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Home". Gobind Singh Deo. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  17. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  18. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  19. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  20. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  22. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  23. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.