Devan Nair

Malaysian-Singaporean politician, 3rd President of Singapore (1923–2005)
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Devan Nair Chengara Veetil BBM (Malayalam: ദേവൻ നായർ ചെങ്ങറ വീട്ടിൽ; 5 August 1923 – 6 December 2005), also known as C. V. Devan Nair, was a Malaysian-born Singaporean politician. He was the third President of Singapore between 1981 and 1985.

Devan Nair

ദേവൻ നായർ ചെങ്ങറ വീട്ടിൽ
3rd President of Singapore
In office
23 October 1981 – 28 March 1985
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byBenjamin Sheares
Succeeded byWee Kim Wee
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Anson
In office
10 February 1979 – 13 October 1981
Preceded byP. Govindaswamy
Succeeded byJ. B. Jeyaretnam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bungsar
In office
18 May 1964 – 20 March 1969
Preceded byV. David
Succeeded byGoh Hock Guan
1st Secretary-General of the
Democratic Action Party
In office
11 October 1965 – 30 July 1967
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byGoh Hock Guan
Secretary-General of the
People's Action Party of Malaysia
In office
14 August 1965 – 9 September 1965
Preceded byLee Kuan Yew
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Secretary-General of the
National Trades Union Congress
In office
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded bySeah Mui Kok
Succeeded byLim Chee Onn
In office
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Succeeded bySteve Nayagan
Personal details
Devan Nair Chengara Veetil

(1923-08-05)5 August 1923
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Died6 December 2005(2005-12-06) (aged 82)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Resting placeHamilton, Ontario[1]
Political partyIndependent (1981–1985)
Other political
People's Action Party (1957–1965; 1979–1981)
Democratic Action Party (1965–1967)
Malayan Communist Party (until 1950)
Spouse(s)Avadai Dhanam Lakshimi
ChildrenJanadas Devan
Janamitra Devan
Janaprakash Devan
Vijaya Kumari Devan
Alma materVictoria School
ProfessionLabour unionist

On 28 March 1985, Nair resigned for unknown reasons.[2]

Nair died on 6 December 2005 at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from problems caused by dementia, aged 82.


  1. Independent, The (11 April 2016). "Of best friends, bitter foes and the bane of sailing through a fog".
  2. "Mr Devan Nair". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.