Authorities nab Bersatu youth leader over Syed Saddiq’s missing cash

Syed Saddiq at a Bersatu youth event in Malacca before he was removed from his position as youth chief. Photo: Syed Saddiq / Instagram
Syed Saddiq at a Bersatu youth event in Malacca before he was removed from his position as youth chief. Photo: Syed Saddiq / Instagram

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has arrested a leader of the Bersatu political party’s youth wing in connection to money that went missing from Syed Saddiq’s home, and later suspected to be misappropriated from the party. 

The unnamed leader of the Malaysia’s United Indigenous Party Youth Wing, or Bersatu Armada, was arrested yesterday, months after RM210,000 (about US$ 49,000) worth of cash was reported missing from the former youth and sports minister’s home.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, or MACC, deputy chief commissioner Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya said the suspect was taken into custody at the MACC headquarters after providing his statement.

“The MACC strongly denied that the arrest of the suspect was with political motive and in this case, the MACC suspects misappropriation in Armada’s account,” he said. The suspect is expected to remain in custody for five days amid the investigation. 

Syed Saddiq had on March 29 reported that the cash was missing from his home’s safe. He said that RM90,000 from the missing amount had belonged to him and RM120,000 to his parents.

“My family and I have nothing to hide,” he said in an Instagram post dated nine weeks ago, responding to accusations that the missing amount was a result of corruption with Bersatu.

“If it was true that the money is from corruption, why should we report it?” he questioned, providing a breakdown of the money that he said was supposed to be for his home renovation.

According to the Bersatu Armada website, they have 33 members in leadership positions.

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Saya dan keluarga tidak mempunyai apa-apa untuk disembunyikan. Malahan kami sendiri yang membuat laporan polis berkenaan kehilangan wang. Sekiranya benar duit itu duit haram, why should we report it? Saya ambil maklum akan laporan SPRM yang dibuat dan faham akan tugas SPRM dalam menyiasat segala tuduhan dan laporan. Saya akan berikan kerjasama penuh dalam membantu siasatan SPRM. Wang tersebut merupakan wang peribadi milik saya serta ibu bapa. Mereka juga telah membuat laporan polis berkenaan kehilangan wang tersebut. ~RM90 ribu milik saya, ~RM50 ribu milik ibu saya dan ~RM70 ribu milik ayah saya. Majoriti wang itu dikeluarkan bagi tujuan renovasi rumah yang kami miliki bersama. Selainnya adalah untuk tujuan peribadi. Sampai sekarang saya tidak memiliki sebuah rumah. Dengan itu saya, Abuyah & mama mengambil ketetapan untuk membeli rumah bersama. Dan saya berhasrat ingin pindah ke rumah tersebut selepas siap renovasi. Rumah belum siap renovasi, peralatan elektronik & perabot semua belum dibeli lagi. Saya sudah mengarahkan pegawai saya untuk membuat laporan Polis dan mengambil tindakan kepada mereka yang memfitnah saya dan keluaga dengan cubaan untuk mengaitkan kes ini dengan Duit Haram atau wanita yang dikatakan bersama saya. Ini adalah fitnah untuk menjatuhkan reputasi saya dan keluarga. Saya juga tidak akan berkompromi bab integriti dan akan memastikan diri dan keluarga saya memberi kerjasama penuh dalam membantu pihak polis dan SPRM. Saya harap semua pihak berhenti berspekulasi dan memberi ruang kepada pihak berkuasa membuat siasatan.

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