FORMER Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mocked Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on his predicament and “welcomed” him to the “court cluster” team.
“When I heard about a former minister getting charged, I thought it was Xavier (Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar). Or is it our Masjid Tanah MP or Jeli MP? However, it’s not them.
“Anyway, ‘welcome’ to the court cluster. Guan Eng (Lim Guan Eng) and I have been waiting for a long time.
“Who knows, maybe Guan Eng will join Perikatan Nasional later,” the Pekan MP said, in a jest.
Earlier today, Syed Saddiq claimed trial for allegedly misappropriating funds worth RM1 mil belonging to his former party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
The former Youth and Sports Minister pleaded not guilty when the charges against him were read out at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Syed Saddiq was accused of misappropriating the funds via a CIMB Bank cheque, at CIMB Bank, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, on March 6 last year.
He is expected to face more charges before another Sessions Court judge, Suzana Hussin.
Early last year, Syed Saddiq lodged a police report claiming that RM250,000 was stolen from his home, with his critics raising suspicion on how he procured the sum.
He countered by saying that only RM90,000 of the money belonged to him whereas RM50,000 belonged to his mother and RM70,000 to his father.
On July 17 last year, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) grilled Syed Saddiq for 11 hours on the matter.
“Will not cow to Perikatan”
Yesterday, the first-term alleged that he was being threatened by “certain quarters” to join the Perikatan bloc or risk getting imprisoned.
In a short video on Twitter, the first-term MP also said that he will make detailed expose on the matter tonight at 8pm, via live streaming on social media.
“For nearly a year, I have been receiving threats to join Perikatan. Every time there is an important Bill to be passed at the Parliament, these threats will emerge.
“It happened in July (last year), December, January and now, a week before the Parliament convenes,” he stated.
On that note, Syed Saddiq declared that he would rather face the court than joining Perikatan.
“I will never sell my soul and principles to Perikatan. I will attend court proceedings at 8.30am and later at 8pm, I will hold a live session on Facebook and Instagram to make a detailed expose.
“It is in moments like this that I’m reminded on why I joined politics. Truth will always prevail,” he added.
As of press time, FocusM was unable to get any comments from Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani on Syed Saddiq’s claims. – July 22, 2021.