Syed Saddiq Has No Regrets Stepping Down As Muda President
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was sentenced to seven years’ jail, fined RM10 million and ordered to receive two strokes of the rotan by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman insists he has no regrets about stepping down as Muda president following his conviction on corruption charges – even if it means the end of his political career.
Speaking on a podcast hosted by former law minister Zaid Ibrahim, the 31-year-old Muar MP also said he felt he needed to step down as the head of the party he founded as he did not want Muda to be dependent on him.
“Is that politically good or realistic … or naivety on my side? It might be. But I’m young and I have a long way to go,” he said when asked by Zaid whether he felt it would have been better for Muda if he was still leading the party.
“If it’s destined that this will end my career … then alright.
“Malaysian politics and Malaysia overall are much larger than any personality. So it’s alright. What is done is done.
“I still have room to clear my name in the court of law, and I intend to do that. And until then, I think Muda should grow. I will be a normal member (of the party).”
Syed Saddiq was convicted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court of abetting in criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of assets and money laundering on Nov 9 last year.
The former youth and sports minister was sentenced to seven years’ jail, fined RM10 million and ordered to be given two strokes of the rotan. The sentences have been stayed pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
He announced later that he would temporarily step down as Muda president and would not be involved in the party’s decision-making processes.
Earlier, in the podcast with Zaid, Syed Saddiq said he was unwilling to remain as Muda president after his conviction as it would mean that the party was relying on him and his seat.
“Not only would the party have failed, but I would have failed as its founder and president,” he said.
“Any party which is only built around one personality is bound to fail.” - FMT
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