KUALA LUMPUR: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has decided to remain active in politics instead of furthering his studies at Oxford University, England.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth chief said he would stand firm with the decision despite losing about RM400,000 worth of scholarship offered by the university and other related bodies.
Syed Saddiq who is also a champion debater said he was not coerced into making the decision and had consulted his parents over the matter.
The 25-year-old was supposed to enrol for a master’s degree in public policy and touted it was “a dream that has never fade away until today”.
“However, regardless of how much I fancy Oxford, it will never be able to match my love for my home country,” Syed Saddiq said in a Press conference today.
“None of the top leadership of PPBM was even informed about the press conference here.”
At the same time, Syed Saddiq also claimed he was offered “RM5 million in bribe” and his family received “threats” by certain quarters apparently for his involvement in politics.
Syed Saddiq said he would consult with his lawyer before lodging a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
“Believe me, no matter how much bribery offered or how severe the threats were made against me, or my family and friends, I would rather die than losing my dignity.”