KUALA LUMPU— Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said he will forego an Oxford University scholarship valued at RM400,000, after he was allegedly offered RM5 million to pursue this.
The former national debater said he also chose to surrender the scholarship for postgraduate studies in public policy in order to continue serving as the party’s Youth chief and raising issues of national importance.
Despite his attendance at today’s press conference, he also asserted that the event was organised by the individuals he accused of trying to bribe him to leave the country ahead of the 14th general election.
“The press conference today was not planned by me. It was planned by this group, I will get RM5 million and grants to start debate schools throughout the country.
“For that, I need to leave Malaysia and come out with open statements to attack Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir,” Syed Saddiq said.
Syed Saddiq named an individual employed by Putrajaya as the person responsible, but this may not be published for legal reasons.
Aside from the alleged bribe, he further claimed that he and other former debaters have been harassed to leave politics.
“Tell those bloody fools I will not bow down. If any personal attack goes against my family, I will reveal who are those behind it, those who have met me, including which minister. My dignity cannot be sold,” Syed Saddiq stressed.
SYED Saddiq Abdul Rahman today turned the tables on those who allegedly tried to bribe him, announcing that he was offered RM5 million to leave Bersatu.
At a press conference next to the Umno headquarters today, the 25-year-old Bersatu Youth chief said he was told that the offer came from those in the Prime Minister’s Office.
“All this was organised by an aide to the prime minister.
“I was offered RM5 million to leave Bersatu and take up a scholarship at Oxford University.
“I’m not leaving Bersatu, but will continue to expose this systematic network of corrupt activities. “
Syed Saddiq’s post on Instagram yesterday revealed that he had been offered a scholarship to pursue graduate studies in public policy at Oxford University.
He had said he was considering whether he should give up his political career to further his studies.
This morning, however, he dropped the bombshell that he was allegedly offered RM5 million to ditch Bersatu.
When asked to provide proof, Syed Saddiq said: “I have the proof and am now discussing with my lawyers before taking the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.”
During the press conference, he named the aide to the prime minister who made the offer for him to leave the party.
The Malaysian Insight is trying to contact the aide for comment.
“This network of corrupt people had also approached other Bersatu members, who have since left the party,” said Syed Saddiq.
MALAY MAIL / THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT