Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has called on Malaysians to stop labelling AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes as a traitor. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has called on Malaysians to stop labelling AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes as a traitor.

Syed Saddiq, who took to his Twitter and Instagram, said he could not stand witnessing Fernandes being wrongfully accused.

“I would like to share with you something that I have been keeping to myself for a while now. I could not share it before...

“This is a story that many do not know....this is about Tan Sri Tony Fernandes,” he wrote.

Syed Saddiq then revealed that Fernades was among the first persons who came to the aid of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin then.

“He was once again a hero when AirAsia offered discounted flights and added flights during the election period.

“It did not stop there. He refused to fire Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz after she spoke openly against (former prime minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak)....”

Syed Saddiq said Fernandes was pushed to a corner where he had to openly declare his support for the then ruling government.

“He had to take a video and his staff had to change their uniforms. Pictures of the whole event were taken without the right context.

“(Therefore) Please Malaysia, don’t label him as a pengkhianat (traitor).

“This story was based on my own personal knowledge. He has helped us from the start, but can’t disclose it to the public...I leave it to the Malaysian people to judge.”

The Muar Member of Parliament also assured Malaysians that a new era, where the public has the right to openly criticise the government has started.

“You can openly endorse opposition parties without the fear of being persecuted.

“We want a strong opposition. So businessmen, feel free to support any sides. We are now living in a new Malaysia.

“Happy new Malaysia everyone. Malaysia now belongs to the Rakyat.

“Thank you Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. Keep on Making Malaysia great.”