Syed Saddiq pulls MUDA out of the unity government

SYED Saddiq has left the government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s after he expressed public dissatisfaction with the outcome of Deputy PM Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent corruption trial.

He made an official announcement on social media today, with Parliament due to reconvene tomorrow in a special sitting to debate a mid-term review of the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“The road will be long and lonely, but worth it because Malaysia will always come first,” he said.

Earlier, he was given a stark reminder today by DAP leader Anthony Loke Siew Fook that he is an MP thanks largely to the DAP’s sacrifice in the Muar seat in 2022.

“Let me remind Syed Saddiq that he won (Muar) because of the (political) understanding with Pakatan Harapan (PH). He did not win Muar on his own merit – he won because there was an understanding with PH.

“We did not put our candidate there and DAP supported him being the candidate. We campaigned for him. It was not a victory per se for Muda,” said Loke to the media at a press conference on the sidelines of DAP’s annual conference.

He added that Syed Saddiq contested as part of the PH bloc even though the Muar MP did not run under the PH ticket.

“Syed Saddiq has an obligation to ensure that the votes he received (during the election) go to supporting the current unity government. So, I just want to remind him that he has a responsibility too as his win was because of PH voters and support.”

The Muar MP created a massive controversy last week when he called the DAP a lapdog of the UMNO and a follower of Zahid.

He made the comments following Zahid’s discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) which also created havoc around the country. The release of Zahid from the 47 charges against him did not go down well among critics and some supporters of the unity government. He also threatened to pull MUDA’s support for the government.

PH was also shaken by the announcement of Zahid walking free from the case. However, the MUDA leader went to the extreme when he slammed DAP with the lapdog comment.

Bangi MP Syahredzan Johan commented on Syed Saddiq’s lapdog term against his party. He said that he recognised that some in his party have used the term in the past but when someone used it against his party in Zahid’s case, he realised how offensive it was.

(Yes, I know that others in my party have used this term on others. It was offensive then, and now I understand how offensive it is when directed at me. Being offended doesn’t always have to be logical; it just happens.)

He deleted a post on Twitter in which he vented against the MUDA president. – Sept 10, 2023


Main photo credit: Utusan Malaysia

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