As the date draws closer to our first parliamentary sitting this year, beginning 26th July, the political drama in Malaysia seems to take a life of its own. With Members of the Lower Chamber of the Parliament lobbying for support weeks before the official session, it is to no doubt, allegations, deceitful lies and terminations would be rampant in Malaysia’s Game of Thrones. In conclusion, there’s always something new with our political scene every day till it’s super difficult to keep up with it.
Following the recent political development, Muar MP, YB Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman, who was also the former Youth and Sports Minister, is facing two charges of criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating an allocation of RM1.2 million meant for a political party he was formerly with. Back then, Syed Saddiq was the Armada (Youth) chief of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, but he had left the organisation to form his own political party, the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA).
Berani kerana benar.
It is in moments like this that i am reminded why i joined Politics.
Truth will always prevail.
Saya lebih rela masuk mahkamah dari masuk Perikatan Nasional.
Bring it on!
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) July 21, 2021
He’s expected to be charged under Sections 403 and 405 of the Penal Code at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court in Jalan Duta at around 9am today. Apart from that, he’s also expected to be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act at the Johor Bharu Sessions Court on 3rd August. According to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), they’ve been investigating this matter since June last year, following reports of cash amounting to RM250,000 that went missing from his possession.
In light of these allegations, Syed Saddiq has posted a tweet and a video in which he declared that “truth will always prevail” and his caption reads, “It is in moments like this that I am reminded why I joined politics.” The three-time Asia’s Best Speaker award-winner at the Asian British Parliamentary (ABP) Debating Championships claimed that he has been threatened into joining Perikatan Nasional and this has been ongoing for a year and “renewed” again with the Dewan Rakyat scheduled to reconvene soon. Syed Saddiq also reiterated the fact that he would rather go to court than join Perikatan. Adding on, he said, “Every time there is an important vote in Parliament, the threats will come. In July, December, January and recently a week before Parliament reconvenes.”
Pejabat Setiausaha Agung
— amirx abd hadi (@amirxabdhadi) July 21, 2021
The secretary-general of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), Amir Abd Hadi, released a press statement supporting Syed Saddiq, who’s the also the co-founder of the party. According to Amir, the abuse of funds as claimed is a malicious allegation and it is also untrue.
Politicians such as YB Hannah Yeoh and YB Fahmi Fadzil have also voiced their support and have shown their solidarity towards Syed Saddiq.
— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) July 21, 2021
— Fahmi Fadzil 🇲🇾 (@fahmi_fadzil) July 21, 2021
Following this issue, the hashtag of #TolakPN has been circulating around social media — signalling support towards Syed Saddiq and the rejection of his alliance with the Perikatan Nasional party. On a separate note, Syed Saddiq alongside, 12 others are also challenging the action of the Home Minister and the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for having yet to decide on their appeal to register MUDA as a political party. The 12 others are, Amir Hadi, Cikgu Rahayu, Lim Wei Jiet, Mutalib Uthman, Shahrizal Denci, Dr Thanussha Francis Xavier, Luqman Long, Dr Teo Lee Ken, Ezzaty Hasbullah, Dr Mathen Nair, Afiqah Zulkifli and Tarmizi Anuwar.
Nevertheless, it is high time “dirty politics” should be wiped out from the democratic system. It’s a vicious cycle towards any minister or politician who strives to make a change to the country. The revolution starts within us! Let’s not lose hope for a better Malaysia.