“More honourable for Syed Saddiq, MUDA to leave unity govt,” says UMNO man

MUDA has been asked to take the honourable stance by quitting the unity government after the party, especially its President, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was seen to be constantly criticising the government.

UMNO supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam said that Syed Saddiq’s criticism was allegedly only to express his disappointment as the youth-based party was not allocated any seats in the upcoming six state elections on Aug 12.

“Don’t express your disappointment by making fake assumptions just because you failed to be allocated any seats in the forthcoming state polls,” Lokman was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.

“It is more honourable for Syed Saddiq to leave the unity government and establish his own political party.”

Lokman, who is also the UMNO communications director, said he had no problem with the Muar MP condemning and criticising the government if the latter had been a member of the opposition, although he noted that Syed Saddiq has yet to decide for sure if he will stand with the government or the opposition.

Lokman was commenting regarding the increasing criticism by Syed Saddiq aimed at the government especially as the six state elections on August 12 looms near.

On Monday (July 17), the former youth and sports minister said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that every minister appointed under the unity government have remained clean and free from corruption is a worrying and dangerous statement.

Syed Saddiq also alleged that Anwar’s statement was signalling that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s court case might be dropped after the state polls on August 12.

On Sunday (July 16), Anwar during his speech in Permatang Pauh, Penang said that all ministers appointed in his Cabinet have remained clean and free from corruption and added that all the ministers have been closely monitored by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Comission (MACC) in the past eight months.

Lokman said Syed Saddiq should ask himself why he did not rebuke any of his fellow ministers’ wrongdoings while he was in the Cabinet.

“So, if you want to say there was a cover-up at the Prime Minister’s level, it happened when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister, but Syed Saddiq had chosen to keep mum on the matter the entire time,” he lamented. – July 19, 2023

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