M. Kulasegaran: A champion for justice

Kulasegaran led the legal team for M. Indira Gandhi who fought for the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Kulasegaran led the legal team for M. Indira Gandhi who fought for the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

IPOH, May 18 — The fourth-term Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran is a well-known and experienced lawyer in the country and today was appointed the human resource minister in the new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The 60-year-old practising lawyer is the vice-chairman of DAP as well as Pakatan Harapan’s vice-president.

As a people’s fighter, he had led the legal team for M. Indira Gandhi who fought for the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam, which was later declared as null and void in a landmark federal court decision on January 29 this year.

The second youngest of nine siblings who grew up in a rubber estate, Kulasegaran received his early education at Anglo-Chinese School in Sitiawan, Perak.

After completing his BA (Hons) Barrister at Law from Lincoln’s Inn, London, he established Kula & Associates, which started operating on May 1, 1985. 

He was called to the English Bar in July 1982 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, thereafter he was admitted and enrolled as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court in Malaya in 1983.

Kulasegaran joined DAP in 1983 after being introduced by the DAP stalwart P. Patto.

In the 11th general election (GE11), he won the Ipoh Barat parliamentary seat for the first time after beating Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Ho Cheong Sing by a slim majority of 598 votes.

In the 2008 general election, he secured a solid win by a majority of 15,534 votes, beating BN’s Datuk Yik Phooi Hong.

In the GE13, the DAP vice-chairman successfully defended the Ipoh Barat seat and again retained the seat in the GE14 on May 9 by beating Cheng Wei Yee from BN. — Bernama