YB Senator Datuk Chandrasekar Suppiah
Datuk Chandrasekar Suppiah - Infrastructure Energy & Water ( GOPIO International Excellence Award 2010 )
Datuk Chandrasekar Suppiah currently serves as the Executive Director and Executive Vice President of Ranhill Berhad, a public listed firm in Malaysia involved in business activities ranging from Engineering, construction and infrastructure.
The 49 year old businessman was born and brought up in Kuala Lumpur and completed his ‘A’ levels in Singapore. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Buckingham in England. He is married to Datin Dr Meera Thalayasingam, who is pediatric consultant at the General Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
After his studies, Chandrasekar Suppiah, through his company Pro Majestic Sdn Bhd introduced a Tamil program for RTM named 'Nadaswara' which gained immense popularity among Indian viewers.
Later he forayed into power generation sector and set his eyes on India which was fast emerging as an economy hungry for power generating projects. He played a key role in establishing the Dheeru Powergen Private Limited in 2005 which implemented a 3 x 300MW coal fired power plant project in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. He was the Project and Executive Director of the project responsible for the promotion, planning and implementation of the project from commercial, technical and financial aspects.
Having joined the Ranhill Berhad group in 2002, Chandrasekar continue to play a key role in the company in the power generation sector and its other business ventures.
In the past, he has also served as a director of several public listed firms including Diperdana Holdings Berhad which is a major haulage and transportation company. He is also the Managing Director of Kampar Resources Sdn Bhd which provides telecommunication infrastructure services to DIGI, Maxis and UMobile.
He continues serve as the Managing Director of Pro Majestic Sdn Bhd which is now a subsidiary of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd. Pembinaan Redzai is the owner and operator of Westport.
Chandrasekar Suppiah's active participation in politics has earned him a string of positions in Malaysian Indian Congress, the component party representing the Indian community in the ruling Barisan Nasional. He is the Chairman of Bandar Tasik Selatan Branch and the Chairman of MIC Bandar Tun Razak division.
He also serves as the Vice Chairman of Bandar Tun Razak Barisan Nasional and sits in the EXCO of Wilayah Persekutuan Barisan Nasional. He is Deputy Chairman of MIC Wilayah Persekutuan State Liaison Committee and also the Chairman of MIC Wilayah Persekutuan Building Fund.
In recognition of his services in politics and community affairs Chandrasekar was appointed as a Senator (a member of upper house of Malaysian Parliament) in 2008, a position in which he still continues to serve.
He also plays a prominent role in the activities of social organizations and business chambers. He has served as a Council member of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is the patron of Sungai Besi Tamil School and Bukit Jalil Tamil School. He is also a trustee of the Sivan Temple in Jalan Sungai Besi and an advisor to the Association of Malaysian Indian Artists.
Chandrasekar also received the Entrepreneur of the year award in 1996, which was awarded by the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI).