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

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

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.

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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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