Syed Saddiq shortlisted as ‘Politician of the Year’ by global organization

Syed Saddiq standing outside a building. Photo: Syed Saddiq
Syed Saddiq standing outside a building. Photo: Syed Saddiq

Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been shortlisted as one of the recipients for the “One Young World Politician of the Year” award.

The award will be presented by the One Young World UK-based organization, which sees Malaysian actress and philanthropist Michelle Yeoh among its advisory board members.

The organization commended Syed Saddiq for his efforts on an initiative named the Yellow Ribbon Project, which aimed to increase the employment chances of young ex-convicts. More than 20,000 former convicts were involved in the project since it was launched two years ago, providing relevant job training. It’s similar to the project of the same name in Singapore. 

The 27-year-old was among 14 candidates shortlisted from around the world, including Canada, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia, based on “considerable” impact they made to politics in their respective countries.

The nominees will be judged by a panel of five including Sherry Rahman, a veteran politician from Pakistan, and Yuriko Koike, the current Tokyo governor.

Five winners will be selected from the list and revealed in mid-July. The award will be presented next year at the One Young World Summit in Munich, Germany.

In a post on Instagram uploaded earlier today, Syed Saddiq expressed his gratitude and thanked his former team at the youth and sports ministry for their efforts in the Yellow Ribbon Project. 

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Saya telah disenarai pendek sebagai antara 15 orang penerima One Young World Politician of the Year Award 2020. Penghargaan ini diberikan kepada ahli politik muda yang memberi impak dan perubahan positif kepada negara dan komuniti secara keseluruhan. Sudah tentu saya gembira dengan berita ini. Bagi saya, ini bukanlah sebuah pencapaian untuk individu semata-mata. Saya tahu bahawa untuk membawa perubahan yang baik kepada negara, kerja keras bersama adalah paling utama. Jadi, saya ingin ucapkan terima kasih kepada keluarga KBS. Sepanjang kami bekerja bersama, KBS berjaya mereka inisiatif Projek Reben Kuning yang memberi lebih 1,583 pekerjaan kepada belia berisiko dan bekas pesalah muda sebagai peluang kedua dalam kehidupan. Undi18 pula memberikan hak di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan untuk memilih masa hadapan negara kepada 7.8 juta anak muda berusia 18 tahun. Saya juga gembira melihat lebih 24,403 pemimpin muda 15 dan 17 tahun yang dibesarkan sebagai pemimpin masa hadapan melalui Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) pada tahun 2019 sahaja. KBS juga berperanan besar dalam membawa anak muda perniagaan di dalam Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negara serta mengembangkan program Felo Korporat untuk anak muda berjiwa korporat. Untuk anak muda di luar sana, saya menaruh seluruh keyakinan bahawa anda adalah masa hadapan negara. Percayalah bahawa setiap masa dan tenaga yang kita letakkan untuk negara pasti ada hasilnya Saya mahu anak muda terus bekerja keras dan memberi inspirasi kepada dunia. Bagi saya, inilah masa terbaik untuk membina negara bersama Jalan terus anak muda!

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“To me, this (nomination) is not an individual achievement,” the caption said.

“I would like to thank my team the youth and sports ministry. When we worked together, we created the Yellow Ribbon Project, which managed to provide more than 1,583 jobs to young former convicts, as a second chance at life.”

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