KUALA LUMPUR: Firebrand young politician Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman does seem to have a certain aura that attracts others to him.
Is it his eloquency while he speaks or his boyish good looks that endear him to the masses? Only he knows the secret. Whatever the reason is, Syed Saddiq without a doubt, is influential.
Just take for instance, his request for financial assistance to pay up the balance RM250,000 bail money imposed by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court in regard to the Criminal Breach of Trust and misappropriation charges he is currently facing.
In less than 24 hours, the Muar Member of Parliament managed to raise RM715,573, far exceeding the original target.
Malaysians young and old, from all races, came in droves in making their contribution for Syed Sadiq, perhaps as a testimony to their belief of his innocence.
According to Syed Saddiq, the tremendous public support for his plight, has made his resolve to see a positive change in our political landscape, stronger.
He said he did not become a politician for the position or money, but to build a better Malaysia.
He thanked all contributors to his fundraiser, saying he was “forever indebted” to the country and would continue to fight against those putting pressure on him.
“No threats. No intimidation. No offers will ever weaken my resolve to put Malaysia first.
“I am here because of the rakyat. My fall and rise is in the hands of the rakyat.”
On Thursday, Syed Saddiq pleaded not guilty before the Sessions Court to two charges of misappropriating a total of RM1.12 million belonging to Bersatu Youth.
Of the total, RM120,000 was said to be party funds for the 2018 general election, while another RM1 million was allegedly withdrawn from Bersatu’s without the leadership’s consent.
He has paid RM80,000 of his bail and will have to settle the remaining by Tuesday.
“It’s in moments like this, I am reminded why I joined politics. It’s not about position or money, but to build a progressive and proud Malaysia,” he wrote.
In a Facebook post, Syed Saddiq said he had closed the fundraiser as it had raised more than enough money for his bail payment. He was granted bail of RM330,000 on the two charges.