Datuk Kamalanathan is a Malaysian politician. He is a member of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was the former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Hulu Selangor and former Deputy Minister of Education
P. Kamalanathan was elected to Parliament in a Hulu Selangor by-election, 2010 after the death of the incumbent member Zainal Abidin Ahmad. The by-election saw the seat shift from Zainal’s opposition People’s Justice Party (PKR) to the Barisan Nasional. The MIC had sought to field veteran politician and defeated former Hulu Selangor Member of Parliament G. Palanivel, but Barisan Nasional’s leaders wanted a lesser-known winnable candidate.
On 16 May 2013, after winning the 2013 general election, P. Kamalanathan was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning II under the new cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Razak. After a cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister Najib Razak on 28 July 2015, P Kamalanathan was promoted and appointed as the Deputy Minister of Education II. He is tri-lingual; English, Bahasa Melayu and Tamil.
In the 2018 general election, P. Kamalanathan failed to be re-elected to the parliament.