Vigneswaran Sanasee

Vigneswaran s/o Sanasee (Tamil: ச. விக்னேஸ்வரன், romanized: Sa. Vikṉēsvaraṉ; born 16 December 1965) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to South Asia since November 2021 and 10th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) since July 2018, a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) which is aligned with another ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition. [1][2] He also served as 17th President of the Dewan Negara from April 2016 to June 2020, Senator from June 2014 to June 2020 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kota Raja from March 2004 to March 2008. [3] [4]

Vigneswaran Sanasee
ச. விக்னேஸ்வரன்
17th President of the Dewan Negara
In office
26 April 2016  22 June 2020
MonarchsAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Mahathir Mohamad
Muhyiddin Yassin
DeputyAbdul Halim Abdul Samad
Preceded byAbu Zahar Ujang
Succeeded byRais Yatim
10th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress
Assumed office
14 July 2018
DeputySaravanan Murugan
Preceded bySubramaniam Sathasivam
Ministerial roles
2004–2008Parliamentary Secretary of Youth and Sports
2021-2022Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to South Asia
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2004–2008Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2014–2020Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Vigneswaran s/o Sanasee

(1965-12-16) 16 December 1965
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
SpouseSusita Periasamy
Alma materStaffordshire University
University of Malaya

Vigneswaran is the son of the late Sanyasi, JP, a former MIC parliament member in the 1980s. His cousin, Sellathevan, is a former MIC Youth leader and a Member of Parliament in 90's. His family has business interests in the Port Klang area.

Vigneswaran contested and won the 2004 general election to become Member of Parliament for Kota Raja parliamentary seat from 2004 to 2008. He lost and failed to retain the seat in the 2008 general election.[5]


Vigneswaran was alleged to have violated the dress code by wearing sandals and to have breached the security regulations by encroaching into the VIP lobby area before heading to the departure gates to send off his daughter to Britain without going through proper security check and without a security pass at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 14 November 2018. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook had showed a CCTV footage of the incident and told Vigneswaran to apologise for it during a press conference on 17 November 2018.[6] Vigneswaran denies he breached KLIA security protocols and claims that he wore sandals as he had wound on his foot.[7] Police will investigate the incident as the airport management had filed a police report.[8]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[5][9][10]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 P111 Kota Raja Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC) 24,376 55.24% Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS) 16,137 36.57% 44,758 8,239 76.67%
Krisnasamy Thevarayan (IND) 3,608 8.18%
2008 Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC) 17,879 31.64% Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS) 38,630 68.36% 57,323 20,751 79.74%
2022 P062 Sungai Siput Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC) 19,791 38.32% Kesavan Subramaniam (PKR) 21,637 41.89% 51,649 1,846 71.34%
Irudhanathan Gabriel (BERSATU) 8,190 15.86%
Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Jaafar (PEJUANG) 784 1.52%
R.Indrani (Independent) 614 1.19%
Baharudin Kamarudin (Independent) 598 1.16%
Rajah Narasaim (Independent) 35 0.07%


Honours of Malaysia

See also

  • List of people who have served in both Houses of the Malaysian Parliament


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  2. "Vigneswaran becomes MIC president uncontested". Free Malaysia Today. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. "Ahli Parlimen". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. "MIC VP Vigneswaran New Senate President". BERNAMA. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  6. Rahimy Rahim (17 November 2018). "Dewan Negara president told to apologise over alleged security breach at airport VIP lane". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. Rahimy Rahim (17 November 2018). "Vigneswaran denies he breached KLIA security protocol by wearing sandals in VIP area". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  8. "Cops to probe MIC chief's 'sandal' incident at KLIA". Bernama. Free Malaysia Today. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  12. "51 people awarded 'Tan Sri' title in conjunction with Agong's birthday". The Star Online. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
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