Ayya Tun Thirunyana Sambanthan s/o Veerasamy or also known as Tun V.T Sambanthan, is one of the most well known name among all Indian (Tamil Community) in Malaya. Born in Sungai Siput in 1919 and his father Mr. M.S Veerasamy was a pioneer rubber planter in Sungai Siput, Perak who came from India to Malaya in 1890s.
Ayya Tun V.T Sambanthan pursuit his early education at Clifford High School in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia. Tun V.T Sambanthan was an intelligent student and an active person in sports during school period.
He continued his higher education (Economics) in India with Annamalai University in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu State. During that period, he triggered an interest in politics.
Ayya Tun V.T Sambanthan was a fifth (5th) President of Malaysian Indian Congress also known as MIC from year 1955 to 1973. He also was known as “Founding Fathers” of Malaysia along with Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tan Cheng Lock. Tun V.T Sambanthan was one of leading Indian leaders who played a prominent role for independence movement in Malaya.
Tun V.T Sambanthan credited with three important developments in the Malaysian political history: the consolidation of the Malayan (now Malaysian) Indian Congress, its transformation into a mass-based party, and its integral role as a partner in the current ruling alliance and finest hour was achieved on August 31, 1957 when independence was achieved under the Merdeka Agreement, to which Tun V.T Sambanthan was a signatory.
Tun V.T Sambanthan, intention is for creating a more cohesive and unified Indian community. He also showed keen interest in the welfare of the estate community, developing a close rapport with them. He was particularly concerned with the rate of illiteracy among Indians in the estates and devoted much time and energy to introduce schooling.
As a conclusion he was a great human being and a leader who can’t be replaced forever!!!