By INS Contributors
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Let’s set aside political differences and work together for the good of the Rakyat is the massage of Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal to his “younger brother” Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Referring to the statement made by the Syed Saddiq at a presser following his appearance in court over corruption charges, Wan Fahysal confirmed that the two had met recently, but clarified that this was a courtesy call, not an attempt at coercion.
“This meeting is in a personal capacity and friendship. He is a youth leader, former Minister of Youth and Sports, former Armada Chief, and still plays a role in leading the current discourse among young people. I consider YB Syed Saddiq as a friend, brother and brother-in -arms.
“The idea that I bring is to put aside political rivalries and mobilize the spirit of unification of young people in order to rebuild the country together. Young people make up the largest group of voters today, even more than half of Bersatu’s membership,” he said.
Wan Fahysal also strongly denied the claim that he threatened or offered any inducement to Syed Saddiq, describing the claims as fictional and unfounded.
He also advised the MUDA president to clear his name in court and not to the public as this is the best forum for him to do so
“We will always wish him the best and good luck,” he added.
Syed Saddiq has claimed trial to two charges of money laundering at the Sessions Court on Thursday involving a total of RM100,000.
The money was allegedly obtained through money-laundering activities and the offence was said to have been committed at a bank in Taman Perling, Johor Baru.
The act is an offence under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, which provides a maximum fine of RM5mil or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.
On July 22, he had been slapped with two counts of corruption relating to criminal breach of trust (CBT) and misappropriation of monies involving funds that belonged to his former party, Bersatu, the first under Section 405 of the Penal Code, which is punishable under Section 406 of the same Code, and faces up to 10 years imprisonment, whipping and a fine.
On the second charge, he was accused of misappropriating RM120,000 of contribution money belonging to Bersatu which was meant for the 14th General Election under Section 403 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment between six months and five years and whipping and can be liable for a fine.