MUDA president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was recently being accused of owning a bungalow worth millions of ringgit, with a portable pool, large enough to play volleyball in.
Responding to the accusations from a Twitter user named Mario, Syed Saddiq took to his Facebook page to explain that he had been renting the bungalow in question since his days as the youth and sports minister in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
“With the Johor state elections nearing, I have been subjected to slander by many, and they are willing to produce expensive, studio-made videos to bring me down.”
“What is most amusing is claims that I own a bungalow worth millions of ringgit, with a swimming pool,” he said.
He then explained that the rented house was used as a multipurpose space where he meets with people, organises meetings and much more. He added that he had shared many photos of his residence which may be the reason why his address is known to many.
Syed Saddiq also argued that he was the first minister to declare his personal assets when he was serving under the PH government.
“That is why when I became a minister, I rejected land and a bungalow near Putrajaya. I only rented a house.”
“I also ensured that all contracts from the youth and sports ministry were given via open tender, not directly to cronies,” he said.
Syed Saddiq stressed how he is an open book and he welcomed investigations into the bungalow ownership claims made against him.
“I am brave because I am being truthful. If you want to investigate, go ahead. If you want to blackmail me, go ahead. We (MUDA) will fight till the end.”
“MUDA wants to build a country that is dignified, developed, and has a high level of integrity. People should stop practising outdated politics,” he said.