V.T. Sambathan was born on 16 June 1919 in a rural area in Sungai Siput, Perak Darul Redzuan. As a child he was a shy person who did not mix much with other people, although he hardworking and studious. He began being more socially active after started going to school in Clifford School, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
He was brilliant in his studies which enabled him to continue his studies in Annamalai University, Southern India. It was here that he obtained his Bachelor in Arts and Literature. Tun V.T. Sambathan was a man who fights for the rights of the Indian community. He was extremely active while in school and university, and his leadership qualities was finaly revealed when he was appointed as the the president of the Malayan Indian Congress at the age of 36. After that he was appointed as full minister in various departments.
In 1955, the first general election was held and the Allied Party had given him the honour to represent Kinta, Perak. V.T. Sambathan had won and was given the trust to hold the position as Labour Minister. In 1957, he was appointed as the Minister of Health. Later in 1959, he was appointed as Minister of Tenaga, Telecom and Post. His last position was as Menteri Perpaduan Negara. V.T. Sambathan had rendered much of his service throughout his stint as a cabinet minister, especially in areas regarding harmony among the multicultural people of Malaysia, and raising their morale and spirit of patriotism. He was also responsible for the unification of the Indian community in Fiji with the native dwellers.
V.T Sambathan had worked to bring progress to the Indian people who are less educated in a more global scale while he was appointed as the Health Minister. He had resigned from being the President of Malayan Indian Congress in 1973 and as the Menteri Perpaduan Negara in 1974 due to old age. He had finally passed away on 18 May 1979 after a massive heart attack. To commemorate his contribution to the country and people of Malaysia, his name was immortalized on a road in Brickfield, Kuala Lumpur.
Source: Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (http://sejarahmalaysia.pnm.my)