The Minister of Youth & Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was recently caught in yet another controversy.
For those who don’t know, the internet community went nuts over a viral photo of the 26-year-old dancing in a club with his friends. The tweet was posted by an account using the Tweethandle @NaratifRakyat.
Tissue tak terkoyak ke masa buat joget style gerudi? pic.twitter.com/5mka8CKD23ADVERTISEMENT
— Naratif Rakyat (@NaratifRakyat) November 7, 2019
In the caption, the admin made fun of Syed Saddiq by writing, “Did your muscle tissue tear with all the vigorous dancing?” – referring to his past injuries following an alleged altercation case with one of the Youth members of the opposition party, as reported by Channel News Asia.
As a response, Syed Saddiq took to Twitter to clarify the whole situation. He came up with a statement that reads:
“#OkBoomer, everybody has a history, including myself. I cannot change my past, but I can change my future. I owned up to it. I admitted it and I don’t want to lie. This was in 2013. It’s an outdated issue. Let’s talk about issues of policy and the nation. The focus should be on the people.”
#OkBoomer Semua orang ada sejarah, termasuk saya.
I cannot change my past, but i can change my future.
I owned up to it. Saya mengaku dan tidak mahu menipu.
Ini pada tahun 2013. Isu lapuk.
Jom bincang isu dasar, isu negara. Focus should be on the rakyat. https://t.co/O7MVYRUZO6
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) November 11, 2019
For those who are curious on the phrase #OkBoomer, the term refers to a popular slang online that is used as a dismissive term for the traditional-minded new generations – also known as baby boomers – that often look down at millennials’ struggles and opinions.
Despite the issue, local netizens have came forward to defend the young politician, with some of them slamming the admin for bringing up Syed Saddiq’s past prior to his current position as a public figure.
Not only that, some Twitter users also came up with words of encouragement for Syed Saddiq by advising him to just focus on his present responsibilities and ignore the haters. Check out some of their replies here:
lol that's his past, look at him now dia paling function. bukamnya mcm hg tweet cri pasai mcm xda kerja.
— ڤوترا عرفان (@ptrfn__) November 9, 2019
Why do berani gila bukak aib org yg dh lepas, admin ni lupa kot camana kalau tuhan balas pulak bukak kisah silam dia n family dia , camana kalau tuhan ambik nyawa tak sempat nk mintak maaf kat sadiq sebarkan aib dia 🤧
— 🦔 (@nqisssss92) November 9, 2019
I'm not your fan but always, some people terlupa yg orang lain pun manusia juga.Umpama mereka jer boleh jadi manusia tak sempurna, orang lain tak boleh. Back then, you were young & still young now indeed. We were just trying to explore our own life. Make mistake, learn from it.
— ajai feisal (@iamajaifeisal) November 11, 2019
We applaud Syed Saddiq for owning up to his mistake. We hope that he will let go of the past and be more optimistic in carrying out his duties for the sake of our country.