Dato' K. Kumaraendran
Dato' K. Kumaraendran - Legal ( GOPIO International Excellence Award 2010 )
Dato' K. Kumaraendran was born on 11th March 1942 in Johor Bahru to Mr. Kumarasamy Ariacuddy and Madam Parameswari Subramaniam and is the eldest of six siblings in the family.
Dato K. Kumaraendran studied at Batu Pahat High School and eventually went to read law in London in 1966. Dato' K. Kumaraendran was called to the English Bar in July 1969 whilst a member of Lincolns's Inn. He thereafter returned to Malaya and was called to Malaysian Bar on 25th May 1970.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran has been in active practice ever since and a leading member of the Criminal Bar. He was the Chairman of Penang Bar from 1988 - 1990 and the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee of the Bar Council for several terms. Dato' K. Kumaraendran was the representative of the Penang Bar from 1983 – 1988 and a Committee Member Of The Penang Bar from 1982- 1990.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran has been involved several high profile cases throughout his career most notably defending Beatrice Saubin, a French lady, for drug trafficking. She was the first Caucasian women to be sentenced to death and an Appeal her sentence was committed to life. Dato' K. Kumaraendran also defended Tan Sri Rahim Noor the ex-IGP of Malaysia who had infamously assaulted the then deposed Deputy Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In addition, he has also successfully defended the notorious Mamak Gang robbers who robbed US$20 million worth of gold bullion from the Subang International Airport in 1994. He has also been involved in the murder trials of Dato’ Balwant Singh, the renowned lawyer and Kenneth Lee the grandson of Tun H.S. Lee. In addition to capital cases, Dato' K. Kumaraendran's area of expertise is handling commercial and white collar crimes.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran was an active sportsman in his earlier years having captained the Johore Combined Schools and Penang Junior State for Hockey and the Johor State Youth Side for Cricket.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran was also the President of the Penang State Hockey Association from 1988 - 1992 and a member of the Malaysian Hockey Disciplinary Board from 1987 -1992.
In 1993 to 1998, Dato' K. Kumaraendran was Chairman of the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani and Arulmigu Maha Mariamman Temples In Penang and subsequently in 2001, was made a Commissioner on the Hindu Endowment Board, Penang, which oversees the overall administration and management of all temples in the state of Penang with the official backing of the Penang State Government. Dato' K. Kumaraendran also is advisor to the Penang Hindu Youth organization.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran is also a very keen classic and vintage car collector and enthusiast and from 1993 - 1994 and 2005 - 2006 was President of the Malaysian Singapore Vintage Car Register (MSVCR). Amongst the numerous motoring events organized was the 2006 and 2007 Kuala Lumpur Vintage Car Concours in conjuction with the Sepang F1 Race.
For his services to the public, and to the legal fraternity he was conferred a DSPN by the Government of Penang in 2004.
Dato' K. Kumaraendran is married to Datin Eileen Regina Alexander and have 2 children, Devkumar and Lavinia, both lawyers from Lincoln's Inn and currently in practice.