IPOH: Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman has questioned party youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for being indecisive in reporting his bribery claim to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Hamidah said she had lodged a report with the commission on the bribery claim as her name was mentioned in Syed Saddiq's recent statement.
"He was the one who said he was offered RM5 million to further studies abroad and linked a few names including mine.
"He also said that he was blackmailed after meeting Umno representatives in December and wanted to lodge a police report first. Why did he have to wait that long?
"I have received numerous calls from parties who questioned the offer to further studies in Oxford which Syed Saddiq shared on Facebook. I found the chronology of the dates inconsistent," she said in a statement today.
Hamidah said Syed Saddiq had a responsibility to explain his allegations to the public.
"If what he claimed (on the money offered to him) is true, he should reveal the identity of the people and with evidence.
"He had mentioned a person’s name who tried to bribe him, which he had alleged to be an adviser to the prime minister. However, I have never heard of such person during the time I was with Umno."
Hamidah said Syed Saddiq had also given contradicting statements on the script given to him supposedly to announce his resignation from the party during his recent Press conference.
"I would like to also ask if he is so invaluble that there are people willing to pay him RM5 million," she added.
Hamidah and Syed Saddiq have been involved in a public spat for some time and she had cited his attitude as one of the reasons for quitting PPBM last month.