The youth-centric party led by Syed Saddiq will not be successful, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The Langkawi MP came up with the statement during a press conference in Putrajaya, which was also broadcasted live on his Facebook page.
According to Tun M, every political party should have a combination of older and younger generations. “Although the votes of the youths take up a big percentage, it is still not enough for them to win an election of an area,” Tun M was quoted as saying.
He continued, “If Syed Saddiq only targets the young people, it is quite difficult for him to succeed. But still, this is a free country, he can do whatever he wants to. He was a strong supporter of Pakatan Harapan (PH), and now he feels the need to move away from us.”
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Posted by Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Instead of staying silent, the Muar MP took to his social media to give his response to his former mentor’s statement regarding his decision to form a brand new party which focuses on local youths. He was seen quoting a tweet posted by MalaysiaKini about the matter.
Syed Saddiq tweeted, “Thank you Tun. We accept criticism with an open heart. This is a party that is led by Youths for FOR ALL MALAYSIANS. The majority of the people who will be leading are technocrats, professionals, entrepreneurs, modern farmers, civil society leaders and so on. We may be young, but we love Malaysia!”
Terima kasih Tun.
Kami terima kritikan dengan hati yang terbuka.
This is a party led by Youths FOR ALL MALAYSIANS.
Majoriti yang akan memimpin adalah golongan teknokrat, profesional, usahawan, Petani moden, civil society leaders dllADVERTISEMENT
We may be Young, but we love Malaysia 🇲🇾💪🏻 https://t.co/YnDljlVAtU
— Syed Saddiq 🇲🇾🌺 (@SyedSaddiq) September 3, 2020
Previously, the political figure confirmed that he will not be joining Tun M’s Party Of Homeland’s Fighters (PEJUANG) and opted to spearhead a new political party instead, which will consist of young people with different cultural backgrounds and races.