Syed Saddiq to be charged

PUTRAJAYA: Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic) will face two charges of criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating an allocation of over RM1mil meant for a political party.

The Muar lawmaker is 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.

The case is believed to involve around RM1.2mil belonging to the political party he was formerly with.

Syed Saddiq was then the Armada (Youth) chief of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia but had since left the organisation.

“The former minister is also expected to be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act at the Johor Baru Sessions Court sometime soon,” said a source yesterday.

Investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Syed Saddiq, 28, had been conducted since June last year following reports of cash amounting to RM250,000 that went missing from his possession.

The MACC had called several individuals, including Syed Saddiq, to have their statements recorded over the case.

Earlier, he claimed that the cash, which had gone missing from his home in Petaling Jaya, belonged to him and his parents.

At 10pm yesterday, Syed Saddiq posted a tweet and video in which he declared that “truth will always prevail”, adding: “It is in moments like this that I am reminded why I joined politics.”

Referring to the court charges, he said: “Bring it on!”

The opposition MP claimed to have been threatened into joining Perikatan Nasional.

These threats had been going on for a year and “renewed” again with the Dewan Rakyat scheduled to reconvene on July 26, 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,” he said.

In a statement, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) secretary-general Amir Abd Hadi said its co-founder Syed Saddiq would be charged over the raising of funds for the 14th general election at a dinner in 2018.

“The abuse of funds as claimed is a malicious allegation and it is also untrue,” said Amir.

Syed Saddiq and 12 others are also challenging the action of the Home Minister and the Registrar of Societies for having yet to decide on their appeal to register Muda as a political party.

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