‘Budak’ Syed Saddiq to use kindness against insults


PETALING JAYA: Muar MP Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman remains determined to bring a “new kind of politics” to the country, despite facing various political roadblocks.

Faced with shouts of “budak” (small boy) and “cucu” (grandchild) directed at him in the house, Syed Saddiq told FMT that it was still important to treat his older counterparts with respect.

He said he had learned to drown out the noise by responding with kindness instead.

“If you stoop down to their level, you are most likely going to lose because they are experts in that kind of politics,” he said.

Moving past the insults, the former youth and sports minister said he would focus on serving the country by engaging the public with better ideas, beliefs and principles.

“When you show the Malaysian public that this is the new kind of politics you want to bring… instead of dealing with personal politics, I think that’s when you’re able to give that good alternative for Malaysians out there to pick up, and then we’ll be able to move forward together.”

However, the goal to move forward may prove to be difficult at the moment, with his party MUDA still awaiting approval by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

The party’s pro tem committee and 100 of its supporters had gone to the registrar’s headquarters yesterday to submit a letter of demand, asking for MUDA’s registration as a political party to be completed within seven days.

A letter of demand was also submitted to Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, making MUDA the second party to take legal action after former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Pejuang.

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