KUALA LUMPUR – While continuing to plead his innocence and claiming that the criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges are politically motivated, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has launched a campaign to raise fund for the bail imposed by the Sessions Court.
This comes after the court allowed a bail of RM330,000 with one surety for both charges – RM300,000 bail for a criminal breach of trust charge and RM30,000 bail for the second charge of misappropriating a RM120,000 donation for the 2018 general election campaign.
A total of RM80,000 was posted today, while the remaining sum is expected to be settled by next Tuesday, reported The Vibes.
Syed Saddiq is also expected to face further charges in Johor Baru, with the prosecution team anticipated to seek having them tried together at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Meanwhile, the combative young politician continued to engage netizens online in an effort to defend himself after he was charged with the two CBT counts.
Stating his position against the charges, the former Youth and Sports Minister pointed out that his former party Bersatu was deregistered when he allegedly organised a fundraiser for the party’s Youth wing in April 2018.
He has pleaded not guilty to two separate charges of misappropriating a total of RM1.12 million in funds belonging to Bersatu and Armada, its Youth arm, during his tenure as chief of the latter.
During his Facebook Live session tonight which saw a viewership close to 15,0000, Syed Saddiq noted that while the charges of fund misappropriation against him allegedly happened between April 8 and 21 in 2018, his former party had been temporarily deregistered on April 3, the same year.
(A separate Instagram Live held simultenously had about 14,000 viewers.)
It was reported then that the Registrar of Societies had decided to deregister the party following its failure to submit documents and details of its 2017 annual general meeting.
“When a party is suspended, the party’s bank accounts are also suspended.
“Therefore based on (common) logic and legal terms, how could there be any fundraising for a party?” Syed Saddiq said.
While admitting that he did hold a fundraiser, he noted that it was under his personal capacity as a candidate for the Muar Parliamentary seat at that period, which included related programmes.
All throughout the session, Syed Saddiq stressed that his values and integrity “cannot be bought” and that he would carry on with the fight to uncover these manipulatulions so that the rakyat would know the truth.