Bersatu Youth chief denies asking Syed Saddiq to support PM, only went to meet him as a friend


PETALING JAYA: Armada chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal has denied allegations that he asked Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic) to support Perikatan Nasional.

In a statement on Thursday (Aug 5), Wan Ahmad Fayhsal said he had met Syed Saddiq in his private capacity and as a friend.

"However, I strongly deny all the allegations levelled against me.

"I never made any offers or threats. This is false," said the Bersatu Youth chief.

Syed Saddiq had alleged that Wan Ahmad Fayhsal, who is also Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, had tried to persuade him to support Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan government.

The former youth and sports minister made the claim after he was hit with two fresh corruption charges at the Johor Baru Sessions Court on Thursday morning.

Wan Ahmad Fayhsal said claims that the court cases were fabricated were also baseless as the police report was lodged by Syed Saddiq himself.

"If he is confident that he is not guilty, the court is the best forum to prove his innocence," said Wan Ahmad Fayhsal.

Syed Saddiq had been charged in the morning with two counts of money laundering involving a total of RM100,000.

The 29-year-old, who is also Muar MP, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him before Sessions judge Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail.

When met by reporters after leaving the courtroom, Syed Saddiq claimed that he was approached by Wan Ahmad Fayhsal earlier and asked to support the Prime Minister.

Syed Saddiq claimed that this occurred a day before he was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on July 22.

"If it is true that I stole money belonging to the party as they claimed, why did they invite me to come back? If I stole it, why do they want to keep me?

"The media can ask him about this matter and if he denies it, there will be follow-up action (from me)," he said.

"At the end of the day, the truth will prevail and I will continue to fight,” he said.

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