DATO’ IR. S.S. SUBRAMANIAM has approximately 60 years’ experience in the mining industry. As a qualified engineer having graduated with a first class honours degree in Mining Engineering (ACSM) from the Camborne School of Mines, England in 1961, Dato’ Ir. Subramaniam also became a qualified Chartered Accountant at the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants in 1976.
In the early years, he worked as an engineer with a number of mining companies including the Associated Mines Group of Companies, the Sungei Besi Mines Ltd., the Ayer Hitam Tin Dredging Ltd., Tronoh Mines Ltd., and KL Tin Ltd.
From 1971-1974, Dato’ Ir. Subramaniam was Chief Mining Engineer with Paranapanema S/A, Sao Paulo, Brazil where he was tasked to open new tin mines in Rhodonia and Igarape Proto, Amazonia. He returned to Malaysia to become General Manager of Killinghall Tin Ltd and Hong Kong Tin Ltd, which later became Ramuda Sdn Bhd and YTL Berhad respectively.
His political career began in 1982 as State Assemblyman of Bukit Raja in Selangor. In 1986 to 1990, he was a Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor, and thereafter Member of Parliament for Segamat until 1995 and served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) during the same period.
From 1995 to 2013, he was Chairman of Ayer Hitam Tin Dredging Bhd, a Consultant to Duta Land Berhad, and also a partner in AS & Associates, an accounting & secretarial firm. Since 2013, Dato’ Subramaniam is a Consultant Mining Engineer with Kejuruteraan Jurutera Melombong Yeow Sdn Bhd (KJMY). In 2017, he established SS Subra Mining Consultancy as Consultant.