Datuk Seri Palanivel s/o. Govindasamy (born 1949), commonly known as Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, is the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He held his last positions in the Malaysian Government as the Minister in Prime Minister's Department and Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. His previously held the position as the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Deputy Minister of Welfare and Family Development of Malaysia. In the March 8, 2008 general elections, he was defeated in his bid for another five-year term as a Member of Parliament. He was appointed as Senator in May 2010 and became the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities. On December 6, 2010, he became the President of the Malaysian Indian Congress, which is a member of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional. On July 30, 2011, the Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Dato' G. Palanivel to be appointed as Minister in the PM's Department on the MIC General Assembly and on August 9, 2011 Dato' G. Palanivel took the oath of office to become the minister.
After his victory in 13th General Election, Palanivel was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.