Back in March, Syed Saddiq lodged a police report after an estimate RM250k was stolen from his Petaling Jaya home.

Since then, the former youth and sports minister has been accused of corruption and bribery. In an effort to defend his innocence, the young politician took to his social media yesterday (Monday, 11th May) to breakdown his sources of income.

Syed Saddiq

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In his lengthy statement, the PPBM Youth chief listed the following:

  • RM55,000 monthly income as a minister and Muar MP (excluding additional incentives)
  • RM70,000 for annual vacations
  • RM180 for daily food and drinks
  • RM10,000 to move house

In addition, a minister is also entitled to receive one-off payments:

  • RM42,000 for dining sets
  • RM150,000 after being dismissed as a minister

Until now, I still do not understand why there is any need for ministers to take bribes. High pay, high allowance, and not even including the one-off payments received,” Syed Saddiq was quoted as saying. His case is currently being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act related to gratification and bribery.

Syed Saddiq

Upon seeing his transparency, many netizens have praised his exemplary effort in being truthful – which can’t be said for many other politicians in Malaysia. “People say YB Syed Saddiq is too young to be MP. They are dead wrong. He is not young but genuine. He is far better than those crooked MPs/politicians,” wrote Zheng Yang.

Nor Arlene Tan concurred, “Syed Saddiq just exposed to the public the real “salary” of MPs and politicians. Not to mention the ones who earn side incomes through corruption or “commission for a favour”. No wonder most politicians are out of touch with the rakyat.”

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