Muda is bigger than Syed Saddiq, says acting president

Diyana Ibrahim

Muda acting president Amira Aisya Abd Aziz says the party will hold elections next year to get a new mandate, although the next polls are only due in 2025. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 20, 2023.

IT will not be the end of youth-based Muda without its founding president, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who had stepped down after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust and money laundering charges last month, its acting president Amira Aisya Abd Aziz said.

She said the party is bigger than Syed Saddiq or any other individual, and has many capable leaders to continue the party’s fight.

“Muda is not an individual-led movement but an ideological movement, a political movement and a movement that brings the spirit and voice of all the young people in Malaysia.

“For us, Muda is bigger than any individual,” she said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

The press conference was held to announce Amira’s first 100-day action plan as Muda’s new leader.

She said she will hold meetings with Muda leaders and members at state levels, which began in Johor last week.

She also plans to tour Sabah and Sarawak early next month.

Apart from that, Muda will also be holding official meetings with its political partners in Southeast Asia, including the Progressive Movement Party in Thailand and the Indonesian Solidarity Party, she said.

Amira also said Muda will hold party elections next year to get a new mandate from its members.

“Muda will hold party elections next year, although our next polls are only due in 2025. Looking at the current situation, I believe we have to hold the elections sooner, in 2024, to start a new chapter.

“The elections will show our maturity,” the Puteri Wangsa assemblyman said.

On November 9, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found Syed Saddiq guilty of four charges of criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and money laundering involving the Bersatu youth wing’s fund.

Judge Azhar Abdul Hamid sentenced him to seven years in prison, two lashes and a fine of RM10 million, all of which was suspended pending appeal. – November 20, 2023.

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