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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

One of the youngest politicians in the world, and the youngest ever to be part of Malaysia’s government cabinet, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is working on setting up MUDA, a youth-centric political party

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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is a Malaysian politician who was one of the youngest cabinet ministers and members of parliament (MP) to be elected in the country.

A law graduate, Syed Abdul Rahman first came to prominence as an exceptional debater who won the United Asian Debating Championships and was crowned Asia’s Best Speaker at the Asian British Parliament Debating Championship three times. His foray into politics began in 2016, when he joined the group Change Led by the Young Generation.

Syed Abdul Rahman later became the youth wing leader of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu) and in 2018 contested the Muar parliamentary seat at the general elections. Besides being elected to the parliament, he was also appointed as the Minister of Youth and Sports under the new Pakatan Harapan government.

Syed Abdul Rahman is acknowledged for his efforts in pushing to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the minimum voting age from 21 to 18, personally seeking the support of MPs from both sides of the political divide. The change successfully came to pass in 2019. After the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government, Syed Abdul Rahman was terminated as a member and youth wing leader of Bersatu, along with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Although he was anticipated to join Mahathir’s new Parti Pejuang, he decided to form MUDA, a youth-centric, multi-racial political party, which is battling in court to get registered after its application was rejected without reason.

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Syed Abdul Rahman’s father was a Singaporean who used to work in construction, while his Malaysian mother was an English teacher. When he was six, he wrote a letter to former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, to invite him to his house for some cookies. He actually received a hand-written note from the former premier, who apologised for not being able to make it, and invited him to the Commonwealth Games. 

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