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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

MP
سيد صديق بن سيد عبدالرحمن
Syed Saddiq (cropped).jpg
Minister of Youth and Sports
Assumed office
2 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Abdullah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputySteven Sim
Preceded byKhairy Jamaluddin
ConstituencyMuar
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Muar, Johor
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byRazali Ibrahim (UMNO-BN)
Majority6,953 (2018)
ARMADA Youth Chief of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
2016
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
Preceded byPosition Established
Personal details
Born
Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman

(1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 26)
Pulai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyBERSATU (since 2016)
EducationRoyal Military College
Alma materInternational Islamic University Malaysia
OccupationPolitician, activist
WebsiteOfficial website
Syed Saddiq on Facebook
Syed Saddiq on Parliament of Malaysia

Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman (Jawi: سيد صديق بن سيد عبدالرحمن; born 6 December 1992) is a Malaysian politician and activist. He is the current Minister of Youth and Sports, the Member of Parliament (MP) of Muar and the Youth Chief of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.[1]

Early life[edit]

Saddiq was born on 6 December 1992 in Pulai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. His father was a Singaporean, a construction worker who commutes every day from Johor to Singapore to work. His mother was an English teacher who had a tuition class until late at night to earn extra money.[2] He had studied at the Royal Military College (RMC) before continuing his studies at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). During his time at IIUM, he competed in an Asian-level debate competition and successfully won the United Asian Debating Championship (UADC).[3]

In 2017, he allegedly rejected a scholarship worth about RM400,000 to pursue his studies at Oxford University, England to remain active in politics.[4] A year later, after being elected as MP at the age of 25, Syed Saddiq once again allegedly dismissed another scholarship offer, this time rejecting the Chevening Scholarship proposal to pursue a Master in Public Policy at Oxford University.[5]

Politics[edit]

Saddiq is the leader of Armada; the youth wing of the BERSATU.[6] He has been a spokesperson for the party since its inception in September 2016 and is considered one of the founding members and sits on the party council.[7][8]

Saddiq made his debut contesting the 2018 general election (GE14) for the Muar parliamentary seat and was elected to the Parliament.[9][10] He was then appointed as the Minister of Youth and Sport in the PH new government making him the youngest ever federal minister in 2018 since Malaysia's independence.[11]

As the Minister of Youth and Sports, Saddiq has pushed for a lower voting age, or eligibility to vote in Malaysia, from 21 to 18 years old ahead of the 15th General Election (GE15).[12] However, he has agreed that first a political exposure programme for the young people of Malaysia is needed.[13] In July 2019, Saddiq has tabled a Bill in Parliament to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age to 18[14] but was withdrawn and re-tabled later after it was tweaked to accommodate some changes.[15] The Dewan Rakyat on 16 July unanimously passed the re-tabled amendments Bill to lower the voting age, as well as eligibility to contest in election to 18 and automatic registration of voters by Election Commission (EC).[16][17][18]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[19][20][21]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P146 Muar, Johor Syed Saddiq (PPBM) 22,341 53.09% Razali Ibrahim (UMNO) 15,388 36.57% 42,719 6,953 84.02%
Abdul Aziz Talib (PAS) 4,354 10.34%

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Syed Farradino Omar. "MALAYSIA BAHARU: Syed Saddiq: Muar Kitten Ready to Roar in Putrajaya". Awani Review. Astro Awani. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ Amy Chew (21 March 2018). "Johor born Syed Saddiq an emerging voice for Malaysian?". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ Dina Murad (12 June 2015). "IIUM debate team is Asia's best". The Star Online. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Syed Saddiq turns down Oxford for politics". New Straits Times. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Syed Saddiq turns down Oxford a second time". Free Malaysia Today. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Malaysia: Mahathir-led Group Files Paperwork for New Party". BenarNews. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Critics of Malaysian PM submit papers to register new political party". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Bersatu". pribumibersatu.org.my. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  9. ^ "PH's Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman wins Muar". Free Malaysia Today. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  10. ^ Amar Shah Mohsen and Haikal Jalil (10 May 2018). "Syed Saddiq: Thank you Muar, Malaysia". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. ^ "10 Things About Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, Asia's Top Debater". Malay Mail. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Voting age should be lowered to 18, says Syed Saddiq - Nation". The Star Online. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Gov't aims to lower voting age to empower youth: Syed Saddiq". New Straits Times. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  14. ^ Hemananthani Sivanandam, Martin Carvalho, Rahimy Rahim and Tarrence Tan (4 July 2019). "Bill to lower voting age tabled for first reading". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Hemananthani Sivanandam, Martin Carvalho, Rahimy Rahim and Tarrence Tan (10 July 2019). "Govt withdraws 'Vote at 18' Bill to tweak it (corrected)". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ Martin Carvalho, Hemananthani Sivanandam, Rahimy Rahim and Tarrence Tan (16 July 2019). "Dewan Rakyat passes Bill to amend Federal Constitution to lower voting age to 18". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Nuradzimmah Daim, Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi (16 July 2019). "Dewan Rakyat approves 'Vote 18'". New Straits Times. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  18. ^ Clarissa Chung (16 July 2019). "Syed Saddiq lauds move to lower voting age to 18". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  20. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  21. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.