We can’t deny that Syed Saddiq is a bit of an eye-candy after being cast in Namewee’s latest music video for his good looks. However, the MP had demonstrated that there is more to him than meets the eye in his ardent pursuit against the power abuse in our country. In a podcast show called The Takeaway Table, he addressed concerns of the upcoming general elections, as well as the impact of social media on them.
What piqued our interest the most was when the Muar Member of Parliament was asked what he would do if he wasn’t involved in politics, he said he wanted to be a teacher. Apparently, the politician was the youngest part-time lecturer in a university he worked at and also had the opportunity to teach in over 25 countries. So, how did Syed Saddiq progress from teacher to politician in a matter of years?
“When I decided to speak up on matters of corruption and abuse of power, not just looking from a negative viewpoint but proposing policies, I immediately lost my job as a part-time lecturer. My students were banned from representing Malaysia when (they) had nothing to do with politics. Once you take away something so special to my heart, you force me to fight until the end,” he explained.
According to the 29-year-old politician, if he loses the election and his seat in Parliament, he will gladly return to teaching and pursue his Masters degree at Oxford University, where he was offered scholarships not once, but twice in 2017 and 2018.
Syed Saddiq had also given an encouraging response towards the question of why people should vote despite the previous election’s incident. “The people who stole your vote in the last election by betraying the people’s mandate are the ones who are praying and hoping that good people like yourselves will not turn up to vote, it means that their supporters will define the outcome of our elections despite the fact that their views are directly opposed to ours,” he elaborated.
Malaysians that have left are no less patriotic than those whom have stayed.
As long as they are Malaysian first at heart. 🇲🇾 pic.twitter.com/m0RruVca7f
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) September 6, 2022
As the nation progresses toward corruption, the MP urges Malaysians to transform their feelings of lost hope into a fighting spirit and fight back against politicians who want a conservative, controlled, and monopolised way of governing Malaysia. Watch the full video below:
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Neetashini Kanendran contributed to this article