Let’s not be enemies because of political differences, says Syed Saddiq

PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says it is important to strengthen the party, but help should be offered to fellow Malaysians even if they are from a different party.

PUTRAJAYA: PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today urged those with different political beliefs not to be enemies to the extent that they forget the national agenda.

Syed Saddiq said while Umno and PAS were PPBM’s political foes, the party should reflect and remember why people had voted for it in the 14th general election.

He was referring to points raised by delegates who said that PPBM should not give any space at all to the opposition.

Syed Saddiq said it should not be to the extent where “we cannot be friends and help those who don’t share the same political beliefs”.

“If we want to punish four million Umno members, each time we want to make a deal, we will be asking ‘are you from Umno? are you from PAS?’ and if they are, we will refuse to deal with them.

“They are also Malaysians. They are our Muslim brothers. They also stand tall and straight to sing Negaraku.

“If we lose in the coming two or three general elections, do we want a situation where the winner takes all, and losers get nothing? Where a state government under PPBM gets nothing?

“Do we want that? I believe no,” he said in his adjournment speech at the party’s annual general assembly at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today.

The Muar MP said as a sovereign nation, the future of all Malaysians were linked to one another.

“We have a common dream and a shared unity. If we don’t help and there is even one Malaysian who is impoverished, I will feel it (what they feel) because they are Malaysians just like me.

“We are all Malaysians. Yes, it is important to strengthen the party, but we must remember we are also Malaysians.

“Malaysians did not choose us out of political obsession. They want to see that it is not about a PPBM, DAP, PKR or Amanah government. It is a government that belongs to all. We serve all,” he added.

In the same speech, Syed Saddiq also slammed a Federal Territories delegate who claimed he had been promised contracts by a minister.

“As a PPBM Youth member, I wish to chastise the delegate just now. He even dared to name the minister who allegedly promised contracts.

“It does not make sense at all. That could become a MACC case. How could he go and see the minister and said he was promised a contract?

“Look at PKR, DAP or Amanah. Even Umno does not dare to discuss such issues so publicly. Where is our honour?” he asked.