Pannerselvam Varathan, known popularly as Selvam, is a veteran activist. He is a very experienced workers organizer, organizing strikes with the parking attendants in KL, estate workers in Batu Arang and many more. Selvam with Dr Nasir organized and coordinated the struggles of over 30 urban pioneer villages in Kuala Lumpur via the Jawatankuasa Sokongan Peneroka Bandar in the early 1990’s. He has been detained many times fighting evictions and standing up for marginalized communities issues. He played a prominent role in many negotiations with developers and estate managements to secure a deal ensuring housing rights and fair compensation for the evicted communities. Currently he is a practicing Industrial Relations Officer for unions and non-unionized workers, representing them in labour and industrial courts.
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