KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said he will register a new political party, tentatively named Muda, with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) today.
The ousted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth chief revealed the move to business radio channel BFM 89.9’s Breakfast Grille show this morning.
This comes as Syed Saddiq used the hashtag #MUDAsudahMULA yesterday on Malaysia Day, which was Malay for “Muda has started”, prompting speculation from his supporters.
— Syed Saddiq 🇲🇾🌺 (@SyedSaddiq) September 16, 2020
Since yesterday, several youth leaders involved in discussions to form the political party have also been tweeting using the same hashtag, outlining their hopes for the new generation of politicians.
Di hari Malaysia ini, moga kita dapat bersama meninggalkan politik tua yang memecah.
Moga hari ini adalah permulaan untuk sebuah Malaysia yang #MUDA, yang berBUDI, yang seTARA, yang membangun SERTA, dan yang terus berpadu dalam kepelbagaian dan rasa cinta.
— amirx abd hadi (@amirxabdhadi) September 16, 2020
This Malaysia Day, my aspiration for a #MUDA Malaysia is for us all to be able to talk to one another and find commonality as Malaysians instead of letting old politics divide us by race and religion. What would you like to see in a #MUDA Malaysia? #MUDAsudahMULA pic.twitter.com/NUypar7utT
— Dr Thanussha 🇲🇾🌺 (@Thanussha5) September 16, 2020
This Msia Day, my aspiration for a #MUDA 🇲🇾 is the end of:
-"old" politics which disregards the rule of law, independence of institutions & democracy
- "old" politicians who manipulate race/religion for power, instead of nation-building with progressive ideas#MUDAsudahMULA pic.twitter.com/EEPJqmgghu
— Lim Wei Jiet 🇲🇾 (@limweijiet) September 16, 2020
“Immediately after our interview, I will be heading to the Registrar of Societies to register Muda as a political party,” the Muar MP said in the radio show.
He stressed that Muda is Malaysia’s very first youth-led, multiracial, multireligious political party “to fight for the interests of all Malaysians — young and old, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan”.
The former youth and sports minister added: “To fight for the interest of middle Malaysia”.
He also told BFM that any attempt to hinder the registration process could result in public backlash.
“I am sure the vast majority of Malaysians are aware and they would know if there are barriers placed in our way, this is a way to stop the progress of a legitimate political entity to silence the voices of young people, like how they did it to Veveonah in Sabah,” Syed Saddiq said, referring to Universiti Malaysia Sabah student Veveonah Mosibin who was wrongfully accused by two deputy ministers of lying about her having to climb a tree to take an online examination for better internet coverage.
“I think that will create a greater backlash.”
Syed Saddiq reiterated that Muda will not just be a party for young people.
“It is also for old leaders who are young at heart. Muda cannot be a party only for young people.
“It should be opened up for all age categories but the policies which we bring forward will be different... the vast majority of leaders who we field will be young and we no longer want to limit the voice of young people,” he said.
Previously Syed Saddiq had said that that his new party will change politics and the way it is funded in Malaysia.
He said his time as Bersatu Youth chief taught him that the current practice of rewarding party members with money as well as how political donations are handled must be changed.
The Muar MP also said the money to run the “movement” — as it has yet to be registered as a political party — will come from the members themselves.
But a few weeks later he said his new youth party would welcome donations from any source but with limits after rumours emerged on social media that the new party was funded by some “business tycoon”.
He said the funding issue is close to his heart because when he was in the government he had insisted that there should be a Political Funding Act.
He said Muda welcomes donations, but added that there should be a limit.